BUCS Korfball National Trophy weekend at Sheffield

This championship of the Korfball National Trophy took place this weekend with Sheffield finishing 13th.

Birmingham and Leeds came first and second place.

The sport was thought to be invented in 1902 by Dutch school teacher Nico Broekhuysen and aims to break the stereotype that boys and girls cannot play together.

Alan Piper, chairperson of British Student Korfball Association, said: “The uniqueness is that it’s the only true mix-gender sport in the world. You have to have 4 boys and 4 girls on the team.

“You can only mark a boy as a boy, and a girl as a girl. You have to have equal roles. You have an attack and a defense, and you switch after every two goals. So it’s also a role-equality sport,” he added.

After two days of the competition, Birmingham beat Leeds 15-8 and came out on top of the National Trophy.

Adam Waide, coach of the University of Birmingham korfball team, said: “The team really jelled over the weekend, taking on the skills we’ve learned throughout the year.”

“It’s culminated ultimately in us doing awesome this weekend, and blowing the competition away. And it worked! Absolutely fantastic!”

Korfball has been played in England for many years, but its popularity is in no comparison to basketball or football.

Alan Piper added that he wants to encourage more people to take part.

he said: “We have the English Korfball Association, and they have their national final in May, which is going to be very exciting. The atmosphere last year was absolutely amazing. I think that is what’s going to strive people to think I want to get involved in sport, I want to the person playing that at the top level.”