25th Anniversary Celebration

Edinburgh City Korfball Club will be turning 25 years old and to celebrate, we are inviting all players past and present to a weekend extravaganza. There will be a range of activities throughout the weekend, from drinks to dancing and fun in the sun!

 

So save the date! The celebrations will be held from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July 2020!

 

If you would like to join us for any of the events, please do let us know by any of the following methods:

Email: eckc.development@gmail.com

Whatsapp: 07471 894 650

Facebook: Edinburgh City Korfball

Twitter: @EdinburghCityKC

 

Schedule of Events:

Friday 17th July 2020

20:00 onwards — Drinks reception at Indigo Yard. We will have the mezzanine area reserved so there will be a nice area for old and new Citizens to mingle and catch up!

Saturday 18th July 2020

10:00 – 13:00 – Friendly matches for all attendees, we can mix teams up or play former players vs current players. The format may change, but we can guarantee fun!

19:30 onwards – We will be having a 3 course meal at Tigerlily which you will need to book your tickets for! We have a limited number of places available so please do make sure you book to avoid disappointment!

Afterwards, for those who want to work off their meal, we will head out into town and dance the night away!

Sunday 19th July 2020

11:00 onwards – A family-friendly day on the meadows. We will have a BBQ cooking up some food for everyone to enjoy. We will have a host of games to play, from football to frisbee and plenty in between, we’ll make sure there’s fun for adults and children alike!

Dimitrios becomes the latest Citizen!

After hosting our Beginner Session at the start of the month, we have had some new members joining the ranks and we will be catching up with them over the coming weeks to introduce them!

 

Our first new member is Dimitrios Kalentakis who has dived right in to korfball and, having turned up to his first training session last week, has already played in his first korfball matches!

Dimitrios has settled right in to the club already and brings a great deal of enthusiasm with him to training sessions.

 

We caught up with him this week to find out how he was finding things and how he found his way to korfball…

 

Hi Dimitrios, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Our readers are always keen to find out more from our Citizens! Firstly, how did you find out about korfball and what tempted you to give it a try?

“I was looking for an activity to keep me fit and I was basically really bored with going to the gym. So one day I decided to have a look on the web to see what kind of sports activities you can do in Edinburgh.

I found a taster session for Korfball at Eventbrite and that’s how everything began. I have to admit that I had to Google it to find out what Korfball is! I found Korfball on YouTube and from watching some videos I was really excited about the sport.

I really enjoyed the fact that is mixed gender and that it has many similarities with basketball (one of my favourite sports). Unfortunately I couldn’t make the taster session but Dan (Head Coach of Edinburgh City) got in touch with me and let me know about the training sessions and I wanted to give it a go.”

 

Well we are delighted you managed to find us! You mentioned that basketball is one of your favourite sports, have you tried out many other sports before?

“I used to play football and basketball with my friends when I was back in Greece but that was many years ago.”

 

What have your first impressions of korfball and of Edinburgh City been?

Everyone in the club is very welcome, supportive and helpful. Edinburgh City is a very organised korfball club and one of the favourites to win the Scottish league. (We promise we didn’t prompt this answer!)

From the few training sessions I have attended so far, I see the team has a lot of quality players and experienced coaches and it’s always a pleasure for me to train alongside these people.

(Clearly Dimitrios knows that flattery will get you everywhere!)

 

It’s great to hear that your first impressions were so positive. Is there anything in particular that got you coming back to training?

I’m very competitive as a person and I want to improve my korfball skills, take part in league games and help the team to achieve our goals for this season.

 

Well we certainly can’t wait for the season to start either! Is there anything that you are looking forward to as an individual this year?

I’m definitely looking forward to our first matches. I had the chance to take part in the Mavericks tournament at the weekend and I really enjoyed it. Getting fitter is always the plan but I think I would definitely achieve that as I already see a lot of progress from the few training sessions I had so far.

 

Well thank you very much for your time Dimitrios, we’ll let you get off and look forward to seeing you at training again tomorrow!

 

If you would like to join Dimitrios in trying out korfball with Edinburgh City we are always happy to welcome new players throughout the season and you can find all the information on our training schedule here!

City confirm new signing: Christie Smillie

Edinburgh City is delighted to confirm the transfer of Christie Smillie. The deal was confirmed today and the club are ecstatic to have got this one through before the season gets underway.

 

Christie joins from Edinburgh University but has already had some experience at City having assisted with the coaching here last season. When asked how she feels about the move, Christie had this to say:

“I’m really excited to be playing for Edinburgh City this year- it feels like my time at University was the warm up and now we’re getting serious. I’ve been around a lot at City matches and trainings with coaching but it’ll be nice to wear City’s red and black for the season. Really, I’m just glad the kit isn’t neon.”

 

Having played for the last three seasons with Edinburgh University, Christie has really started making huge strides and in the 2018/19 season secured a 1st team place at the club and representing the team at BUCS Nationals where the Edinburgh side finished 11th in the country.

On top of that, Christie represented Scotland at the Interarea tournament alongside fellow Citizens David Ewing and Laura de Nooij and also at the Tri-Nations tournament which saw Scotland take on Wales and Ireland.

 

With preseason just around the corner, Christie joins at the perfect time to get going but the club is more than just hard work and dedication. Looking ahead to regular Friday nights, Christie added:

“I’m also really excited for the first socials! I’ve heard such great things about this year’s social secretaries….”

 

With the transfer window still open, the club are still hoping to bring in one or two more experienced recruits as well as filling their academy with new players so watch this space for more transfer news!

2019/20 Coaching Team Announced

Edinburgh City is delighted to announce its coaching team for the 2019/20 season.

With playing numbers growing, the club has doubled the size of the coaching staff which will ensure that all match-day teams have a coach present. On top of this, the club is looking to maximize the potential of coaching within the club and has opened up a new role of Coaching Development to assist this process.

 

Returning for his 5th season as Head Coach, Dan Pratt is hoping to continue his ambitious programme of growth and improvement.

He went in to some detail at his press conference following the signing of his contract extension:

“With the club growing at a high rate, it was always going to be important that the club reacted well this season and agreed to increase the coaching staff.

I’m absolutely delighted with the calibre of coaches that the club has managed to bring in, with a mixture of experience and potential it will be just as exciting to see how far the coaching team comes as the players on court!”

Asked about the plans for the future, he added:

“I think it is clear that we want to keep growing as a club, but not only in terms of playing numbers. It’s important that we are challenging at the top of the league too. We’re of course aiming with the 1s and 2s to win their respective leagues.

For the 3s it’s going to be a great mix of experience and recreational players and I think getting the right balance for those players is going to be a big task this year!”

 

Another coach who will be extending their contract at the club is Christie Smillie who will be taking on the responsibility of coaching the 2s team this season. With the side aiming for promotion this year it was important to have an ambitious coach in charge and Christie is certainly looking forward to the challenge:

“I’m really excited to be working with the 2s this season. I learned a lot about some of these players last year and I’m hoping that with some more experience and time together that we can bring home that league trophy!”

Christie has also joined City as a player this season, after a couple of years honing her skills at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh City is delighted to have her onboard.

 

New to the coaching staff this year is Ella Paul who takes on the Coaching/Refereeing Development role and will be assisting Dan in delivering training sessions as well as match-day coaches.

Ella has a wealth of experience, having coached the University team, as well as serving on the SKA Committee and playing as a member of the Scottish national team. The club is ecstatic that Ella has signed up to the coaching staff this season.

Ella has a host of responsibilities and when asked where the big challenges were, she replied:

“Keeping Dan in check, for starters. I’m also looking forward to coaching Dave Ewing because his shooting is awful and I’m hoping to give him a few pointers.”

A wry grin and a nervous laugh signal that she might not be as serious as some think. She goes on to add:

“I hope to actively develop the coaches that City have. Working with the new coaches will be exciting and I’m hoping to breathe new life at the top end of the club too.”

“I’m used to working with one particular team so the challenge of working with a full club is going to be a tough one but I’m looking forward to putting in a structure so that players and coaches know what to expect.”

“Working with all levels is going to be enjoyable, although I’m especially keen to see players who are hungry to improve, I’d like to help them move up a level and perhaps push for a place in the team above where they are at.”

 

Kash Irshad rounds of the coaching staff for the 2019/20 season, having also joined from Edinburgh University in the off-season. Kash will be responsible for developing the newer players in the club and will take the 3s on match-days.

At his unveiling, Kash was positive about the move:

“City seemed like the perfect club for me as not only do I get to carry on playing, I will also be part of the coaching team with SKL legend Christie Smillie and I’ll get to continue my ‘Coach Carter’ fantasy.”

When asked about what he is looking to bring to his role, he added:

“My main aim is to help newer players improve and enjoy the sport more as well as developing more experienced players to create a City team that will challenge on all fronts.”

New Signing – Kash makes a splash!

Edinburgh City is pleased to announce the signing of Kashif Irshad from Edinburgh University.

Kash “The Money Man” Irshad joins after a breakthrough season at Edinburgh University where he managed to cement his place as a starter for the 1st team and had a solid debit at the BUCS National Championships.

 

At his unveiling, Kash was asked his thoughts on signing with The Citizens:

“After my first two years of korfball with Edinburgh University I am excited for the chance to play alongside some former rivals and learn more from the ‘Yoda of korfball’” (Kash refers to City’s head coach Dan Pratt in endearing terms after being coached by him last season at the University side).

 

Kash joins a number of recent Edinburgh University players joining City in the past few seasons and he had this to add on his recent transfer:

“City seemed like the perfect club for me as I know a couple of the players already and I am keen to carry on my korfball development at a great club like Edinburgh City. I want to help City challenge on all fronts and finally a warning to my past team mates… if you thought I was difficult to play with, I’m much worse to play against!”

 

The club has a number of targets in the summer transfer window and Club President Katrina Caldwell has been quoted in the media saying “Whilst we are pleased to have signed a young and hungry player already this summer, we are looking to tie up a few more deals before the season gets under way.”

 

Kash will join up with the rest of the Edinburgh City squad next month when they begin their preseason training schedule.

Beginner Session – 10th August

Edinburgh City Korfball are hosting a FREE Beginner Session to introduce new players to korfball.

Korfball is similar to netball and basketball in style, but it is unique as it is a mixed-sex sport where teams have to be made up of equal numbers of male and female players.

The session will be held at Wester Hailes Education Centre on Saturday 10th August 2019 from 14.00 to 16.00 and if you need any assistance finding the venue you can contact Daniel Pratt at eckc.development@gmail.com

You can sign up to our Facebook event here for all the up to date details: https://bit.ly/2JEKtoG

 

You can view a great breakdown of the rules here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUtJB5jBOis

There will also be a prize draw for beginners attending the event and the winner will receive a season’s free membership to the club!

Congratulations New 2019/20 Committee Members

This weekend saw Edinburgh City’s AGM and the election of a new committee. The club thanks those who saw the club through a record 2018/19 season and welcomes a new group who will hopefully be continuing the great work already put in.

Continuing as President after an incredibly successful year is Katrina Caldwell, having overseen the growth of the club to record membership and playing numbers.

Balancing the books once again is Rob Stone, who did a great job as treasurer over the last year having purchased two brand new kits for the club.

Stepping up from (extra)Ordinary Member to Secretary is Andrew Goode, having filled in last season where needed. He’s sure to stay on top of things as he brings his usual energy and enthusiasm to the committee!

After just a few months at the club, Adam Hardy is already settled and a valuable member and now wants to help out even more by taking on the Match Secretary position. Helping to organise players, referees and to ensure that kit is in the right place at the right time, he’s bound to do a great job.

The AGM saw two positions (Recruitment/Fundraising) combine and create a new role ‘Club Development’. This will be taken on by Dan Pratt who continues the work done last season.

Dave Ewing will once again be in charge of Publicity and have his hands full with redesign of the website over the summer. Let’s hope he doesn’t get side-tracked as he’s well known for laughing his way through the world wide web.

Another new position for the 2019/20 season is ‘Refereeing/Coaching Development’ and this will be taken on by Ella Paul. Ella is responsible for recognising and developing talent as a coach and will now extend that to include referees and coaches, which will be more important with the future implementation of shotclocks to the Scotland Korfball League.

We’ve appointed two Social Secretaries again this season, with Christie Smillie and Laura de Nooij taking on the not so little task of keeping all of our members entertained off-court! We’re certain that these two socialites will take it all in their stride.

Finally, another new post created this season is the Safeguarding and Welfare position which will be filled by Vivek Santayana who has some great experience looking after vulnerable members and will help the club stay on the right path.