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The Korfball Team



We have a number of awards that we present to recognise the hard work and dedication that goes into supporting our brilliant sport. Volunteers are essential in sport – Korfball is no exception. Hundreds of volunteers keep the game running within clubs, area associations and at England Korfball.

Marion Atkinson Award of Honour

Awarded to an individual (or couple) who has/have given outstanding service to korfball over a long period (usually 10+ years).

Previous Winners:

2022: Nick Howorth

2020: Steve Jones

2019: Beth Ryan

2018: Olivia Harcourt

2014: Nicky Bedford.

2011: David Bond.

2009: Peter Teague.

2006: Kevin Allen.

2005: Frank Sieber.

2003: Jackie Hubbard.

2001: Jon Herbert.

1998: Allan Burrows

1996: Stephen Barker

1995: Peter Brooks

1994: Jan Hanekroot

1993: Graham & Valerie Crafter

1991: Elsie Renew

1990: Geoff & Joan Carter

1989: Peter & Janet Burt

1988: Eva & Andrew Williamson

1987: Peter Allan

1986: Jean & Terry Sage

1985: Philip Buttinger

Jan Hanekroot Award

Presented for outstanding service over many (usually 15+) years, making a major contribution to korfball in England during that time.

Previous winners:

2022: Chris West

2020: Max Buttinger

2019: Sally & Lol More

2018: Philip Buttinger

2015: Jackie and David Hubbard

2014: Sam Wells

2009: Stephen Barker

2005: Graham Crafter

Graham Crafter Award of Distinction

Given to an individual who has given excellent service to the Korfball in England over a few years (usually 5+) but a shorter period of time than would be necessary for one of the other awards.

Previous Winners:

2022: Edward Holt

2020: Kevin Moss

2019: David Creed

2018: Graham Smith

2014: Dean Woods

2011: Katie Ellis

2009: Lee Matthews

2006: Kathy Shaw

2005: Dom McDonald

Terry Sage Fair Play Award

The Terry Sage Fair play award is made to the Premier Division club with the highest number of points which are awarded during the regular season by the match referee. England Korfball are keen to promote positive behaviour. Points are awarded based on a number of criteria; respect for opponents, respect towards the referee, behaviour of team officials, behaviour of the public.

Previous Winners:

2021/22- Cambridge Tigers

2018/19 – Bristol Thunder

2017/18 – Cambridge Tigers

2016/17 – Bearsted

2014/15 – Trojans

2013/14 – Birmingham City

Frank Sieber Youth Korfball Award

Recognises a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to Youth korfball at a national or local level in the last two years.

Previous Winners:

2022: Anna Jeanes

2020: Natalie Moore


Volunteer of the Year

Presented to a volunteer that has committed considerable time and effort to a club, community, or event, encouraging korfball participation and development.

Previous Winners:

     2022: Caitlin Adams

     2020: Edward Sherriff

2019: Chloe & Amie Swain


Club of the Year

Awarded to an open and inclusive club which has evidenced their commitment to the growing sport of korfball, upskilling their volunteers, and growing their membership.

Previous Winners:

     2022: Leeds Hurricanes

     2020: Manchester Warriors

2019: Bristol Thunder


University Student of the Year

Recognises a student who has made a valuable commitment to their University Korfball club.

Previous Winners:

     2022: Alf Timney

     2020: Chris Baker

2019: Darius Greenidge


Certificate of Merit

Given to someone who has given meritorious service to the sport (nationally, to an area,  or to a club) over a short period of time.

Previous Winners:

      2022: Charlotte Banks, Sam Alexander, Luke Almeida 

      2020: Zoe Debarro & Julian Ogden

2019: Bharat Samra, George Kite & Alister Davis

      2018: Andrew Barnes, Bea Cutts & Kyle Crombie