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International Women’s Day – Emma Cottell

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

Emma

Emma (pictured right) has been playing korfball on and off since 2010 and has been with Edinburgh City Korfball Club for 3 years. Emma is currently the captain for the 1st team which competes in the Scottish League. Outside of korfball she is training to be a nurse. Emma says “I have made some great friendships in the club with both men and women and it’s an ideal way to unwind.”

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

For me, it means equal opportunities for both women and men and making the stereotypical gender roles a thing of the past. No-one should fall short of their ambitions because of their gender.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

As a student nurse, I generally see more female nurses than male nurses. I am glad the long standing gender stereotyping of the nursing role is being challenged today and hope to see a more balanced workforce in future. Having a mixed nursing team changes the dynamic and increases options for dealing with sensitive situations.

 

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

A korfball team is comprised of 4 male and 4 female players split into two divisions: attack and defence each with 2 males and 2 females. The attacking division’s aim is to shoot into a basket to score goals. The attacker has to get away from their defender to score. Defenders have to be the same gender as the attacker. Korfball was developed in 1901 in Holland with equality in mind.

The best thing about korfball is that you don’t have to be confined to fixed roles or positions. Men and women can switch roles and tailor strategies to the competition. Anyone can score goals, assist a team-mate or rebound the ball after a shot. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, you make an equal contribution to the team. I think this model fits well within society, encouraging gender balance. Many popular sports like football have a conflict between the male and female teams effecting media coverage, sponsorship and spectator numbers. This isn’t a problem with korfball. There is no female korfball or male korfball. Korfball is just korfball.

 

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

The club has a good balance of female and male members now. When I first joined the club we sometimes struggled to get female players. The club has done really well to get great numbers now – we now have three teams competing in the Scottish League. An observation I’ve made watching other players is how female players are sometimes less confident to shoot than male players, particularly if they are quite new to the sport. I think the club has got better at encouraging players to be more confident in their shot and I now see women trying to shoot sooner.

International Women’s Day – Lauren Kelly

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

Lauren

Lauren joined Edinburgh City last year following a Beginner Session and has become a really valuable member to the club. As well as playing, Lauren stepped on to the committee after only a few months and has helped shaped the future of the club since.

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

International Women’s Day provides a focal point each year in the fight for gender equality. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the achievements of women in the past and present who might otherwise be overlooked. Striving for greater gender balance is vital to correct the systematic injustices women continue to experience the world over and to make all societies happier, healthier, and safer – for men and women.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

As a white Westerner born into an affluent and peaceful society, I live a privileged life. However, even with all that privilege behind me, I’ve still experienced gender-based violence. On a day-to-day basis, I sometimes find people’s assumptions about how I should behave or the role I should perform frustrating. For example, every time there’s a reason to buy someone a card and organise a gift collection in work, people ask me if I’m going to do it. They don’t ask my younger and more junior male colleague!

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

I think korfball definitely promotes gender balance because a team can only win if its male and female players are communicating well and making full use of each other’s talents regardless of gender. I think the wider community can learn lots from korfball’s cooperative ethos. When I first started playing, I was amazed by how polite and civilised it is compared to other sports – I think this is at least in part because having men and women playing together on equal terms breaks us out of the arbitrary and destructive hierarchies that we usually operate within.

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

I think the club is great at promoting gender balance. We’ve got male and female committee members and coaches. Expectations are just the same for male and female players. The club does have more male members than female members at the moment so I think we should continue to work on attracting women to join through events such as the joint korfball/netball training session held last month.

International Women’s Day – Katrina Caldwell

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender-balance.

To celebrate the day, as well as raise awareness of the importance of gender-balance and the #BetterforBalance campaign, we will be talking to a number of women from the club and finding out what the day means for them, how korfball can help gender-balance, hearing their experiences and seeing if there are any lessons we can take forward.

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Katrina is currently President of Edinburgh City Korfball Club having played korfball for about 4 years, originally at Edinburgh University before graduating and moving to Edinburgh City 2 years ago.

 

What does International Women’s Day and the #BalanceforBetter campaign mean to you?

Gender-balance, to me, means not having your gender effect the opportunities available to you. No-one should tell you you should, or shouldn’t, do something because of your gender.

 

What are your experiences of gender-balance in your everyday life?

I’ve been privileged to work in areas with some great female role-models. As a statistician people often ask me if it’s male dominated – which it sometimes is – but it’s great to see so much effort being put in to encourage more women and girls to study STEM subjects.

 

Does korfball help to promote a gender-balance, and do you think there are lessons that can be learnt for the wider community from our sport?

Korfball is a mixed-gender sport that relies on both males and females playing well together to make the team work.

I think other sports could learn from the equality in Korfball. The sport is designed to need both genders, and to not discriminate on height or specific skills. It’s a very inclusive sport!

 

Do you think the club is a positive influence on gender-balance and are there any areas that the club excels in or could do better?

I think the club is a good example of gender-balance and is progressing too. We’ve got a roughly 50/50 split of male and female members and this is represented at all levels of the club, from the committee to the coaching team and beyond.

International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and Edinburgh City Korfball Club will be aiming to raise awareness of the #BalanceforBetter campaign which is helping to achieve a gender-balance in the workplace, in government and in communities all around the world.

Korfball is a gender-balanced sport, with men and women represented equally on-court and Edinburgh City are pleased that women are well represented at all levels.

 

Over the course of International Women’s Day we will be bringing you interviews with our President Katrina Caldwell, 1st team captain Emma Cottell, assistant coach Christie Smillie and committee member Lauren Kelly where they discuss their experiences of gender-balance, what lessons can be learnt and how we can all help to create a #BalanceforBetter.

 

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#BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

 

Year long activity and collaboration

The 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. It doesn’t end on International Women’s Day.

The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year.

 

Let’s build a gender-balanced world

Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Beginner Session a success!

We were delighted to host a free Beginner Session at Oriam this Saturday afternoon. It was great to see so many new faces giving korfball a try!

 

After covering some basic techniques, rebounding games and shooting competitions everyone got their first game of korfball underway.

 

There were plenty of smiles and lots of goals too and we hope that can continue into training this week.

 

After the session, we had a little social get-together at Hemma for some food and drinks to welcome those new players in to the club.

 

If you’re keen on trying korfball for the first time, new members are always welcome to come along to training and we’d love to hear from you.

Scheduled Europa thanks

The Citizens squad travel to Cardiff tomorrow ahead of the weekend’s Europa Cup action – our group sees us taking on Bonson FJEP of France and Szentendrei of Hungary on Saturday afternoon/evening followed by Kocaeli University Sports Club of Turkey on Sunday morning.  The full schedule and constant updates will be availble through the IKF website here

The squad are the best prepared that we’ve ever been and, following a knowledge-garnering ‘friendly’ vs Mavs to Christen the fabulous new Oriam sports centre at Heriot-Watt University and instense summer training, we are excited to get on the court in Cardiff and perform like we know we can.

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And now for the gushing thanks – as we head to Cardiff we have achieved over 50% of our JustGiving fundraising plea to help us to cover the unexpectedly high tournament fee.  From the bottom of our hearts we thank: Geoff & Jean, Chris, Anonymous x 5, Vicky Bannister, Lynn D, Edward Bellamy & Mairead O’Dowd, Yasmeen Rabindranath, Sam Stevenson, Dale, Lee Gill, Erik R and Princess Emma Stanley – we are extraordinarily touched by your generosity and we aim to make you proud and justify your support of us.

Reports on Cardiff to follow, but from the whole squad, thank you again and only 2 more sleeps to go!