What-ball? Korfball

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What-ball? Korfball.

Third-year Architecture student and Vice-President of Kent’s Korfball club, Toma knows what it’s like to be part of a team that welcomes everyone, from beginners to elite players.

‘Korfball is a mixed-sex sport and a combination of netball and basketball, where you can attack, defend and mark a lot closer. I think mixed-sex sports really boost people’s confidence; in a game situation everyone has to talk to each other!

Korfball is really inclusive and great for meeting new people. There’s really no pressure to be amazing and everyone’s welcome, from beginners to experienced players like our first team captain and Kent Sport Scholar Ayishah.

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Making connections

We all get along so well and have a great team spirit. If a member feels anxious about playing, we rally round and, as Vice-President, I make sure they always have a support network and someone to talk to. For others, korfball is a way to escape and just take a break from their studies.

As well as playing korfball, there’s a great social side organised by our wonderful Social Sec Kamila. She hosts our monthly socials and activities, making sure there’s something for everyone. You’ll always find us at Woody’s or K Bar after training every week too!

Reaching further

If you’re competitive and love game time like me, then you can join our BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) teams. Last year we got to the final of the National Championships, but we lost to UEA.

I won’t go into too much detail because it still hurts, but on a positive note, we’re placed 2nd in Great Britain, outranking 52 university teams. It’s a position that’s given us some serious bragging rights around campus. BUCS kicks-off again in a few weeks and it’s likely to be Kent vs UEA for the cup. We’ll be on home turf, playing in front of a home crowd, with three strong teams. We will do it!