Korfball is a mixed-gender team sport invented in the Netherlands in 1903. The aim of the sport is to get the korfball (which is about the size of a football) through your team's korf - this is a plastic hoop on a 3.5 metre pole. A team consists of 4 women and 4 men, and players are only allowed to mark opposition players of the same gender. Like netball, players cannot run with the ball. After every two goals, all players on the court switch between attack and defence, so there are no specialised positions and everyone can shoot.
Korfball is very accessible and most people pick it up quickly once they have understood the basic rules. At a higher level, it becomes an extremely tactical game, requiring speed, teamwork and high levels of skill.
Get involved in Korfball
Oxfordshire Korfball Association
The first korfball played in the county was in 1983, when Oxford University Korfball Club was set up. Since then more clubs have arrived and the Oxfordshire league now comprises 15 teams from 7 clubs: Oxford City, Oxford Isis, Oxford University, Abingdon, Didcot Dragons, Reading, and Basingstoke Bulls.
England Korfball Association
For more information about Korfball and possibilities on a National level, please follow the link to England Korfball who is the National Governing Body for the sport.
Central Oxford Korfball Clubs
Oxford City Korfball Club have been playing korfball in Oxford since 1992. The club practises on Thursday nights 6:30-8pm at Spires Academy. Beginners are always welcome and the first 4 sessions are free. They compete in the Western Regional League, and have 3 teams playing in the Oxfordshire League.
Oxford Isis Korfball Club is based in Headington and trains every Monday night from 6.30pm-8.30pm at Rye St Antony School, Franklin Road, OX3 7SA. The club welcomes seasoned korfball players as well as newcomers to the sport, and the first four training sessions are free. They regularly go to many summer tournaments and have three teams in the Oxfordshire League.