Guildford Thunder Korfball Club took to Sutherland Memorial Park in Burpham last week, to demonstrate korfball to health-seeking crowds.
A team of 6 displayed our talents with some excellent distance shooting and runners, all done with expert commentary over the festival PA.
The demo was part of the annual Burpham Wellfest which showcases local wellbeing, fitness and socially conscious organisations from around Guildford and the wider Surrey area.
The club attended the festival as part of its ongoing recruitment drive and community outreach activities as it looks to grow in numbers and reputation in and around Guildford.
Our stand and pitch attracted an array of adults and juniors. These included lots of keen junior basketballers who got quite competitive - as did a number of the dads!
Thanks to all members who came out to support our stall and the demo at the festival.
Wellfest is run by Burpham Wellbeing and we look forward to returning for Wellfest 2024!
Fun, fast and friendly: if you’ve overindulged at Christmas, or have simply made a New Year’s resolution to get fit in 2023, then here are 10 reasons you should give korfball a try.
1. It’s fun
Korfball is all about having fun. Whether we’re playing matches or training, we believe that sport should be enjoyable and rewarding. Even if you get knackered, we want you to have a smile on your face! And don’t just take our word for it: the BBC thinks korfball is fun too!
2. It’s fast
The first time you watch korfball you might spot players standing about seemingly doing very little except shouting out strange instructions to other players. Don’t be fooled! Korfball is all about sudden, rapid movement designed to put your opponent off-balance. It can be incredibly fast, but fortunately you’ll always get a chance for a bit of a breather when your side loses the ball!
3. It’s friendly
At Guildford Thunder, we love to hang out together on and off the court. So if you have overindulged during the holiday season, you could always look forward to one of our social gatherings. We’re regularly seen in local pubs or the board game cafe and, as you’ll see, we love a bit of dressing up and being silly at Christmas, halloween, or even just because it’s Thursday.
4. It's inclusive
Korfball is the only mixed-sex team sport in that each team has to be made up of equal numbers of male and female players. And the sport’s defensive rules and style of play mean that height or strength are not always the most important factors in beating your opponent.
5. It’s for all ages
You can really start playing korfball at any age. We currently have several active youth players and even feature a former England Korfball international youth team player. We have a development team that accommodates players of all ages and abilities, including veteran players or people looking to return to korfball after a long absence.
6. You can play korfball competitively
Because korfball is still an emerging sport in England, there’s huge potential to be involved in competitive matches. Guildford Thunder now has 3 teams playing in the local korfball league with hopes of getting the first team promoted to the top tiers of competitive korfball in England.
7. You can get fitter in a flash
Experts at the NHS say adults should get 75 minutes of vigorous activity like korfball each week. We train for 2 hours (120 minutes) each week so if you train regularly you’ll be absolutely smashing that target. And with the opportunity to play in league (hour-long games), cup (20-minute games) and friendly competitions all year round you could find your stamina and health improve very quickly.
8. Korfball can make you stronger
The NHS also recommends doing at least 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercises a week. Shooting in korfball - particularly from distance - is easier if you build up your strength. We find that younger players in particular can get stronger with shooting practice - sometimes with a little help from a medicine ball.
9. You can tell your friends about it
Given how 99% of people you speak to won’t know what korfball is, you can impress friends and family alike with tales from your newfound love of the sport. Of course, you may end up having a lot of korfball friends, so then you’ll need something else to discuss!
10. You can try korfball for free
And if all the previous 9 reasons aren’t enough, you can pop down to one of our training sessions and try korfball for free. We’d love to hear from you and see you on the court soon.
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