We hope you are all staying safe and well during these unprecedented times. Following the club AGM and recent communications from England Korfball, we wanted to provide you all with a club update.
Firstly, following the AGM we are pleased to announce our new committee members, including some new faces. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all committee members from last season for their hard work in difficult times.
Our new committee is as follows:
Club Chair - Lizzie Reeves and Joe Skeet
Treasurer- Phil Buttinger
Secretary - Fiona Brown
Social Secretary - Vicci Smallman and Rachel Wilkinson
Workforce Co-ordinator - Interim Joe Skeet
Head of Senior Korfball - Rob Bloomer and Matt Lunn
Head of Junior Korfball - Phil Buttinger
Publicity / Communications Officer - Marion Catlin
Safeguarding and Child Protection - Joanne Doleman
Ordinary Members - Gerald Brown, 2 VACANCIES
Referee’s Co-ordinator - Will Slaney
Coaching Co-ordinator - VACANT
Covid 19 Officer - VACANT, Interim Lizzie Reeves
Social Media Officers - Abi Smith, Bayley Wooldridge
Youth Representative- Moira Doleman
Welcomers at Training - VACANT
We look forward to working with our new committee.
If you would be interested in any of the vacant positions, or want to know more about any of them, please get in touch with Lizzie or Joe.
In particular we require a Covid 19 officer, without this position filled, our return to play will be delayed. If you know anyone who would be interested in undertaking this role for us, please get in touch. They would be required to attend training to ensure we are complying with our risk assessment (or send someone on their behalf) and look after our track and trace details. They would also be required to remain up to date with any changes in government guidance and ensure that all volunteers are updated accordingly.
2019/20 Season Fees
As the season was cut short last year and we are not currently training or competing, we understand that club members require clarification on the status of fees. Please accept our apologies for a lack of communication and any confusion around this. We have been waiting for further information from England Korfball.
The Korfball season started in September 2019 and all teams played most of their matches with only 12 games not completed over the club’s six teams. As a result, the club paid for England Korfball affiliation fees, Norfolk affiliation fees, halls for training and match fees (including match officials) for the games played this season. Most of this cost is incurred at the start of the season and our fees then cover this expenditure throughout the season.
The club's financial year runs from September to August each year and fees are pro rata’d across 12 months of the year. We have made the decision to offer a refund to players for one month’s membership from the 2019/20 season. If you would like to request this, please email Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those with outstanding fees for this year, please ensure these are up to date as soon as possible. If you are unsure what you owe, please contact Philip Buttinger. Alternatively, he will be in touch soon. Any refunds will be taken into account when calculating outstanding monies.
2020/21 Season Fees
Additionally, the club is happy to refund members who have paid for September, October and November 2020.
If you would like a refund, please email Phil at email@example.com. Alternatively, you may decide to donate your membership fees from this period to contribute towards the running costs of the club during this time. If you choose to do this, the club is very grateful for your support.
Please don’t cancel your standing orders. Depending on when training and competition are able to restart, we will issue further refunds if required.
If you have cancelled your standing order already and are unsure whether or not you are entitled to a refund then please email Phil on the above email address. Membership fees will need to be paid again from December on the assumption that we are able to start training at this point.
Return to Play
On Friday 16th October, England Korfball announced their return to play strategy which has been approved by the Government. This is still subject to any other restrictions that are currently in place, for example, the rule of six and any restrictions in place from our training venues.
We have had a committee meeting to discuss how this can be implemented in order to bring back training sessions whilst ensuring player safety as this is our top priority. We will share the details of this with the club as soon as possible. The England Korfball guidance is available here https://www.englandkorfball.co.uk/home/covid-19/ so please have a read as these are the rules we will be required to follow.
Matches restarting is outside of our control but we will share more information on this as we receive it.
Provisionally, we are looking at squad players training on Wednesday evenings at Hewett School with club players training on a Sunday afternoon at UEA but keep your eyes peeled for more information.
If anyone has any specific concerns relating to the return to play please get in touch.
Lizzie and Joe
Hopefully you are all well and have managed to have some fun this summer in spite of the restraints of Covid and lockdown. We are all missing korfball and looking forward to when we can start back and see all your smiling faces again. This newsletter is to update you and to let you know what is happening behind the scenes.
Obviously, the last season was devastated by the sudden cancellation of many matches and the abrupt stop to all leagues. We are awaiting instructions from the EKA to see when we can restart training and games properly, but rest assured, the NCKC and NKA committees are on the case on your behalf. We hope to start some training sessions at the Sportspark soon, see below.
For our younger members, we hope that you had great results with your exam grades.
It has all been a bit of a mess but hopefully you have been able to get to the next stage that you want and this summer will fade into a distant nightmare eventually. But well done to all of you for seeing it through this far and congratulations if you got your grades.
The Korfball Summer Camp was also sadly cancelled. This was due to be the first one in Norfolk but plans are afoot for next year. Just another sad casualty unfortunately.
Training and playing updates
We have been waiting for EKA guidelines to get playing started again. It has been very difficult to plan with changing guidelines and unavailability of venues and halls but we are hoping that we will be able to start using the Sportspark on Sundays from early October.
Junior trainiing will run from 3.40pm to 4.40pm, followed by Senior training. We will also have to allow time before and after (as well as during) training for cleaning equipment. We are asking for people to volunteer (preferably non-players) to take care of some of the Covid-related duties to leave coaches and players free to train, so, possibly a parent or partner?
As soon as possible we and NKA will get team tournaments running until we can start the league again but we will have to follow official guidance. Clearly, we have to all be adaptable and be prepared for changes but we will do our best to get back to playing as soon as we can.
Please keep in touch with your coaches via WhatsApp and Facebook for news.
Norwich City Korfball Club AGM
We have planned an AGM on Zoom for Thursday 8 October at 8pm. If you would like to attend, there will be joining details and papers circulated nearer the date. Clearly no BBQ this year :-(
We are keen to get people involved in running the Club and you don’t have to be a player to help organise, coach or to volunteer to help in another role.
Fun Facts about NCKC members
We are also interested to know what you have been doing to keep fit over the summer as well as some Fun Facts about members. Bayley has put together some questions which we hope that you will answer so that we can post up some Fun Facts about our club members. You can fill in the form here at NCKC member survey form . It is quick and easy to do and will help us know each other a bit better. If you have any Lockdown photos of yourself and friends please send them in (ask friend’s permission first).
1st Team National League news
Big news was that the 1st team have been promoted to the Premier League of the England Korfball National League, joining Norwich Knights in the highest level of play in England, with Mark Goddard being the top scorer in the promotional league.
Captain Bayley Woolridge said
“Norwich City 1st team have had an excellent season this year; undefeated in the National Promotion Division (South) as well as finishing at the top of the South East Regional League (although it did end prematurely!). The team showed fantastic determination and commitment all season and this has paid off with the team being promoted into the National League next season! Great effort by all and good luck for the upcoming season. Special thanks must go to Rob and Matt for coaching this year.”
Coach Rob Bloomer said ‘As with the rest of the club, the 1st team’s season was cut short by league freezes, which left four regional league games unplayed. Fortunately the team did the hard work early on, and finished as the England Korfball League Promotion Division South and East Champions, going 6 wins from 6 in the competition.
In the South East Regional League, City was top of the table with four games to play at the point of lockdown. The teams’ overall performance was 17 wins, 1 draw and just two losses in 20 games this season.
Due to the final positions, Norwich City has been invited to participate in the England Korfball Premier Division for the next season. Congratulations to the whole team. Honourable mentions for performances go to relative newcomer Mark Goddard for leading not just Norwich, but both leagues in scoring, and Captain Bayley Wooldridge for leading the team’s defensive efforts. Bring on the Prem!
Congratulations to the squad who have worked so hard to get there and good luck for the next season – whenever we can play.
As a result of the 1st Team’s promotion, the 2nd team will be competing in the South East Regional League (SERL) once the season can start up again and so Norwich City has proved itself at the highest levels of korfball in England as well as growing in the lower divisions, with Norwich City 4 and Norwich City 6 topping their divisions. City 3 and City 5 were also close to the top of their divisions, but of course all games were not played. The results stand as they were when the Lockdown started - you can see the full tables here http://www.norfolkkorfball.co.uk/tables/