Category: Transfers

Emma Steel becomes a Citizen!

We are continuing our series of interviews with our newest members by sitting down with Emma Steel to find out how she’s getting on as a Citizen.

 

We caught up with Emma after training this week to find out how she’s getting on now that we’ve had some friendly matches and a few training sessions.

 

Hi Emma, 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?

Having recently moved to Edinburgh, I had planned on joining a netball club at the beginning of the new season as I was keen to get more active. I was chatting to an ECKC Citizen about my plan, and that’s when I heard all about Korfball. I thought it would be fun to try out something new, and here I am!

 

Well we’ll make sure that Citizen gets a nice reward! You mentioned you were looking for a netball club, have you tried many sports before korfball?

I’ve always loved playing team sports and I’m a little (very) competitive – I played netball for 5 years at Aberdeen Uni. Having graduated in 2016 it was about time to get back into being sporty!

 

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

Everyone was really welcoming and helpful at the beginner session, which gave a really good first impression of the ethos of the club.

I first thought korfball was really similar to netball. Having played for a few weeks now, I realise they are actually really different, and korfball feels a bit more technical.

 

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

Everyone probably says this, but I’m going to say it anyway – the people. Why wouldn’t you want to spend your evening running around with a fun, friendly, sweaty bunch? Training sessions are well organised and very productive with the coaches always keen to give you individual pointers – being a total beginner I find this really helpful & encouraging.

 

We’re glad to hear you’ve been made to feel welcome! Is there anything that you are looking forward to as an individual this year?

I’m really looking forward to playing competitively – I had my first taste of this at the friendly matches last week and loved it. Also looking forward to the socials because… who doesn’t?

 

We can’t wait to get the season started either, thanks for your time Emma and we’ll see you soon at training and for our weekly socials at 56 North!

 

If you would like to join Emma 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!

Matthew Cook becomes our latest Citizen!

We are continuing our series of interviews with our newest members by sitting down with Matthew Cook to find out how he’s getting on as a Citizen.

 

We caught up with him after the preseason matches this weekend and Matthew was in great spirits after playing his first set of matches for the club.

 

Hi Matthew, 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?

“A friend of a friend had mentioned it in conversation and I was intrigued enough to Google korfball later to find out more, having never previously heard of it. It looked like good fun and I saw there was a beginner session coming up – the rest is history!”

Other search engines are available…

 

Well we are delighted that you managed to find us and it’s been great to have you along, have you played many sports before or is korfball your first go at a team sport?

I do a lot of cycling, particularly mountain biking but I enjoy road cycling too. I used to run cross country and take part in athletics events, although I still occasionally dabble in long(ish) distance running.

 

Well it sounds like you’re fit and ready for the season to start! What have your first impressions of korfball and of Edinburgh City been?

My first impressions of korfball were that it’s a fast paced sport with many tactics to be mindful of. Everyone at Edinburgh City is very friendly and I could immediately see that it was a club I wanted to be a part of. The coaches know their stuff and the club is organised and well run.

 

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 had a great time at the Beginner Session and was keen to learn more and develop my skills. The warm welcome I had received helped too!

 

We’re glad to hear you’ve been made to feel welcome! Is there anything that you are looking forward to as an individual this year?

I’m looking forward to putting the skills I am learning at training to work during league matches. I’m also looking forward to the social events and getting to know everyone better over the coming season.

 

We can’t wait to get the season started either, thanks for your time Matthew and we’ll see you soon at training!

 

If you would like to join Matthew 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!

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.

Edinburgh City add title winning experience to their squad with the signing of free agent Naobh O’Donoghue

Edinburgh City have agreed personal terms with free agent Naobh O’Donoghue who becomes the third signing for ‘The Citizens’ during the transfer window.

The club have picked up a former SKL Champion, with Naobh having played for the incredibly successful Saint Andrews dynasty who picked up multiple titles from 2009-2012. She rejoins David Ewing and Emma Cottell who were also part of the championship side.

 

Naobh has come back from a spell in London and expressed her excitement at getting back on court “Obviously I’m very pleased to be signing for City. It didn’t work out for me down South; so after taking a short break from the game I am delighted to return North of the border.” She added “I’m looking forward to kicking on from here and I’m happy to be joining some Saints legends already playing for City.”

 

It’s possible that Noabh will make her debut for the club at the local Mavs Mania tournament and fans will be keen to get their first sight of City’s newest star.

Edinburgh City make 2nd signing of the transfer window with Vivek Santayana

Edinburgh City KC announced today that they have signed top University prospect Vivek Santayana to a full senior contract. He follows Becca Cheape from Edinburgh University and will link up with the team after spending last season training and learning with the Citizens.

 

The media team caught up with Vivek at the training ground to discuss how he felt about his transfer, thoughts on the season ahead, as well as reflect on his EUKC career.

When asked what it was that drew him to choose Edinburgh City this season, Vivek responded “I can feel at this stage that the time is right to move clubs. I think that my goals are now different to the whippersnappers at Edinburgh University, even though I am still a student and can play for the University, I much prefer the more balanced pace at Edinburgh City.”

Having trained with both the University side and Edinburgh City last season, Vivek had already been a part of the club and acknowledged that was a large factor in making the switch this season. “I also have many friends who play for City, and the club has always been warm and welcoming of me, odd personality and all, when I was both an interloper at training and a moonlighting member for a season.”

 

When asked about what he hoped to accomplish in the year ahead, Vivek said “To get better at korfball and at everything else. I like training and playing because it gives me clear, achievable goals and measures for progress, and a real sense of being invested in getting better. I want to work on my fitness as well as skill, and maybe finally start sinking goals rather than bouncing off the rim all the time.” He also felt that korfball would continue off the court and added “Hopefully with this rigour and focus in korfball it will feed other aspects of my life.”

Finally, Vivek noted that with the switch of clubs he had something new to look forward to “I am looking forward to being part of the team in earnest and to play alongside my friends whom, in the last season, I had played against.”

 

Training is back under way now and with the start of the season not too far in the distance it really is a time where Vivek, along with the rest of the club, are really getting excited to get back on court as well as continuing to build the social scene off-court too!

Summer transfers round-up

A quick round-up of the summer transfers ahead of the start of the season in a couple of week’s time.

13880151_1144520338945213_6346024655494766800_nFormer President Goossens pictured with 4/6 of his new recruits outside the Citizen’s training complex at Broughton High School

13619820_1125115964218984_6469270319644540622_nJann-Michael Greenburg – a recent graduate of Edinburgh University, Jann has joined Edinburgh City to continue his development and to add further depth to the squad.

Jann stated how pleased he was at joining the current League Champions saying “I am very happy to be able to call City my new home for korfball. It’s a strong team with great players who have quickly become like family to me. I look forward to being able to contribute to the team.”

13599799_1129915253739055_5123410572833684424_nFinlay Hannah joins the club for after leaving Saints Andrews University.

ECKC are delighted to add another talented young player to the roster. Finlay shares that excitement in his first interview as a ‘Citizen’ saying “I’m delighted to say that I’ll be able to continue my korfball career playing for Edinburgh City KC next season. It’s a really nice team with some very experienced players that I’m hoping to learn lots from. I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my game and having a successful season.”

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Dave “Shoots” Ewing has returned to Scotland following a successful stint in the English league with Oxford City.

He had this to say after completing his medical with the club: “I’m excited to return to Scottish Korfball after a few years honing my skills in England. I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead and hope that I can help City to retain their league crown for the third year in a row.”

Dave Ewing brings with him more than just experience and enthusiasm, included in the transfer was another Oxford City star Ailith Pirie who has agreed to accompany Dave on this momentous move.

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Graham Robertson and Lucie Maupetit move to Dundee KC.

After playing huge roles in ECKC’s double championship run, they have been snapped up to play in orange and will no doubt provide a huge boost to Dundee this year.

They also take with them City’s sassiest mascot who will be sorely missed!

The club wishes them well at their new club and look forward to seeing them on court next season.

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President Mark Goosens welcomed Matt Ferguson to the club, the deal was completed last night with the former Edinburgh University player delighted to join the League Champions for the 2016/17 season.

In his first interview Matt expressed his pleasure with his new club “I’m really excited to be joining a club that has been improving every year and developing my own game surrounded by such a competitive squad.”

13902554_1142241525839761_5764128091812720880_nThe club has completed a double deal to also add Alison Scott to the roster for next season. With the upcoming Europa Cup, ECKC were keen to add depth and youth to the side that claimed last year’s crown.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the club. With a squad full of experience and probably the best coaching team in the country I’m looking forward to learning from the best. It will be incredible to train and play alongside Scottish Korfball’s most prodigious talent.”