12 May 2017

Dean Woods


Update on the International Committee

Following an independent review back in the autumn of 2016, it was agreed by the England Korfball board to refresh the structure and roles of the international committee. This process has taken longer than we would have liked but we are pleased to be able to update the membership on our progress.

The international structure now comprises of a Strategic International Committee with the following purpose:

  • To strategically drive and steer the international programme and committee with the primary goal of supporting the England Korfball’s Vision, Mission and Objectives.
  • To establish long and medium term strategic plans for the international programme and as such set the objectives for the International Committee to achieve.
  • To develop the business case for year on year investment in to the international programme and where possible seek additional funding sources to increase England Korfball international, performance and talent activity.
  • To establish and manage the selection policies for korfball international teams.
  • To review the progress of the International Committee and strategic plans and provide accelerated support where required.

The International Committee focuses on implementation with regular meeting . The purpose of this group is:

  • To plan, organise and implement programmes for international squads to so that they participate and perform at their optimum in international tournaments and events.
  • To organise and implement the logistics required to attend and perform at international korfball tournaments.
  • To implement selection policies to ensure that all Korfball players are treated fairly and can fulfil their potential.
  • To work within the financial constraints of the budget set by England Korfball and follow principles of best value and accountability.
  • To ensure that all England Korfball policies and procedures are being adhered to within the international set up.
  • To act as the inspiration to drive growth and improved performance in all non-international korfball activity in England.

The following group of volunteers make up this structure:

Strategic International Committee:

England Korfball Chair – Craig Gosling

International Committee – ChairCraig Gosling (Interim)

International Committee Secretary – Laura Baker

Operations and Logistics Lead – Sarah Friday

Performance Lead – Jan Sjouke Van Den Bos

Finance Lead – Matt Snelgar

International Committee:

Chair (independent) – Craig Gosling (Interim)

Secretary – Laura Baker

Finance Lead – Matt Snelgar

Operations and Logistics Lead – Sarah Friday

Age Squad Team Managers – Sarah Friday, Julie Dawes, Stuart Wilkinson, Nicole Sparks

Performance Lead – Jan Sjouke Van den Bos

Age Squad Lead Coaches –  Rob Bloomer (U15s), Joe Stirling (U17s), Corinne Buckland (U19s), Rob Williams (U21s & Assistant Senior Coach) and Dave Buckland (Senior).

The England Korfball Board are aware that many improvements need to be made and the volunteers involved above are driven to making the international set up a success leading to success of the teams on the world stage. This does not happen overnight. To begin with the Strategic International Committee and International Committee are pushing forward with the following strategic priorities in the short and medium term:

  • Professionalisation  e.g. finance, systems, people in posts, team dynamics and processes.
  • Continue high performance at competitions via operations, logistics and planning
  • Location of training to meet the needs of players
  • Selection policies underpinned by tools to help coaches with selections and linked to a feedback mechanism for players to help them continue to develop
  • Coach and Team Manager Continual Professional Development
  • Building a base of talented players from the bottom up (U15s)

We will soon be looking to appoint more Assistant Coaches to support the programme.