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.

Korfball: A New Hope

Edinburgh City KC held their Beginner Session on Saturday 13th January and we’re pleased to say it was a great success.

beginners1The hall at Oriam was full of people giving korfball a go! With over 30 in attendance, with some help from players already at the club, the newcomers were put through a crash course in korfball.

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Starting with some shooting drills, players were invited to try their hand at scoring in a variety of ways, before being introduced to one of korfball’s unique rules and practicing how to ‘defend’ the opposition.

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A quick demonstration match was staged in order to show what they were about to be asked to recreate, but all of the participants took to korfball like ducks to water! It was fantastic to see the goals flying in and we’re certainly hopeful of seeing many of the attendees back at training over the coming weeks!

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Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend our Beginner Session, we welcome new players throughout the year and if you were interested in giving korfball a go you can email eckc.development@gmail.com

Beginner Session – Saturday 12th January

Edinburgh City are delighted to announce another free beginner session, aimed at introducing newcomers to korfball, the club and perhaps even sport in general!

 

We will be holding a training session at Oriam, Heriot-Watt University from 16:30 until 18:30, as well as being completely free… one attendee will win a seasons free membership!

 

 

For a quick introduction to korfball, this video is great for breaking down the rules.
To register your interest and to make sure you keep up to date on all of the news, you can head to the Facebook event and click ‘Interested’ here.

 

If you want to know more, please feel free to contact Daniel Pratt at ECKC.Development@gmail.com

Firsts remain unbeaten, battle to victory!

Edinburgh City 1 (21) – (8) Saint Andrews 1

After the 3s put on a great performance, it was up to the 1s to put on a show for the crowd gathered at Leith Academy. They didn’t disappoint!

Making their season debuts for the 1s were Michael Garbutt, Naobh O’Donaghue and Ella Paul (more from her later!). City got off to a flying start, with plenty of shots and a healthy advantage in rebounding it wasn’t long before the hosts had built themselves a comfortable lead.

 

The starting boys all got themselves double-figure rebounds with Jacky Mo having a monster game grabbing 20 of them! With the rebounds being handled, Ella Paul was free to fire away and she certainly did, scoring a personal record 8 goals in the match and earning the MVP award.

The display from the team was fantastic on both ends of the court, with a high-pressure defence forcing 32 turnovers, and the side would take great confidence into the match against Glasgow.

 

Players (Goals): Daniel Pratt (5), Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell, Heather Mackintosh (3), Clive Minshull (2), Katrina Caldwell, Ella Paul (8), Naobh O’Donaghue, David Ewing (2), Jacky Mo (1), Finlay Hannah, Ailith Ewing, Andrea Kinver

MVP: Ella Paul

 

Edinburgh City 1 (16) – (13) Glasgow 1

After a comfortable first match City were prepared for a much tighter contest against Glasgow 1, although maybe not quite prepared for the manner in which the match began.

Laura de Nooij managed to finally make her 1s debut, arriving after being treated for a wild cat attack but she regained her composure to help the team to victory.

 

Both teams were matched well, but with the key difference being City’s superior shooting stats. In the first half the citizens shot 4x better than their opponents and this lead to a 10-2 lead at half time.

Daniel Pratt was channeling his inner-Westbrook and stuffing the stat sheet with 3 goals (60% shooting), 3 assists, 4 steals and 13 rebounds in only 22 minutes of action.

 

The second half began well again with Laura de Nooij and Ella Paul getting 7 goals between them, but with the scores at 11-4, Glasgow really began to dominate the rebound battle eventually finishing incredibly lopsided at 48-73 in favour of Glasgow.

This gave them a bit of a foothold in the match, but City stayed calm and continued to score well pushing the score out to 15-7 with 10 minutes left. Daniel Pratt and Dave Ewing came off and the substitutions seemed to throw the balance of the team, with City then finishing off the match on a 1-6 run to leave the final scores far closer than they deserved to be at 16-13.

 

Nevertheless, it’s another win for the 1s and maintains their unbeaten start to the season with 4 wins from 4. Next up will be the true test of how far the team has come, with defending champions Mavericks 1 on the horizon!

 

Players (Goals): Daniel Pratt (4), Michael Garbutt, Emma Cottell (1), Heather Mackintosh, Clive Minshull (2), Katrina Caldwell (1), Ella Paul (3), Naobh O’Donaghue, David Ewing (1), Jacky Mo, Finlay Hannah, Andrea Kinver, Laura de Nooij (4)

MVP: Daniel Pratt

 

Thirds pick up another 2 points!

Edinburgh City 3 (17) – (2) Saint Andrews 2

The thirds were in action this weekend, facing off against Strathclyde 1 who are looking like champions-to-be. But the first match was against Saint Andrews 2, the team that the 3s picked up their first ever win against just a few weeks ago.

City got off to a cracking start with Andrea Kinver hitting her first two shots of the game before Naobh O’Donaghue scored her first of three goals. There was some fantastic play from our Citizens, with plenty of strong rebounding and second-chance opportunities, the home team played out the first half well, going in to the break 7-1 up.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first, except our shooting percentage increased and almost the whole squad got on to the scoresheet! Some slick play from Maria Hantova found her grabbing a couple of goals from close distance and captain Vivek Santayana converted from the spot.

With the team cruising to victory, there was a slight sour note towards the end of the game when Lauren Halkerston was forced off with a knee injury. The initial reports are that it’s not too serious and we hope she’s back on court in the near future.  The final whistle blew and the 3s had their second victory of the season, winning 17-2!

 

Players (Goals): Ailith Ewing, Andrea Kinver (4), Andrew Goode (1), Chris Brown (1), Lauren Halkerston (2), Maria Hantova (2), Naobh O’Donaghue (3), Rob Harding (1), Simon Vandeiken (2), Vivek Santayana (1)

MVP: Lauren Halkerston

 

Edinburgh City 3 (4) – (17) Strathclyde 1

As expected, this match was never going to be easy. The early play was pretty even with both sides trading goals but at 4-2 Strathclyde changed gears and really began to pull away from the hosts.

Naobh O’Donaghue grabbed another hat-trick with Andrea Kinver getting the only other goal for City, but Strathclyde were much too strong in every department. Led by match MVP Ross Fraser who dropped in 5 goals for the winners, Strathclyde took the 2 points with a 17-4 victory.

 

Players (Goals): Ailith Ewing, Andrea Kinver (1), Andrew Goode, Chris Brown, Lauren Halkerston, Maria Hantova, Naobh O’Donaghue (3), Rob Harding, Simon Vandeiken, Vivek Santayana

MVP: Naobh O’Donaghue

Seconds run rampant in Dundee

Edinburgh City 2 (22) vs (8) Dundee 3

The 2nds travelled to Dundee this weekend, taking along with them Elly Gaunt who we haven’t seen for a little while. Along with Elly, Laura de Nooij was making her debut for the club and got off to a great start with 15 goals across the day!

City 2 started the game patiently, lots of shots were going up but it took a little time for them to find their flow, at half time the score was 9-5. But the second half saw the Citizens really find their groove, every player in the squad found the basket and the passing moves were a marvel to watch.

Players (Goals): Andrew Goode (1), Bob Mather (2), Chris Horsely (2), Elly Gaunt (3), Katrina Caldwell (4), Laura de Nooij (7), Lauren Halkerston (1), Michael Garbutt (1), Rob Stone (1)

MVP: Laura de Nooij

 

Edinburgh City 2 (22) vs (0) Saint Andrews 2

The second match was against Saints 2 and our Citizens put on a really dominant display here. The team managed to set an SKL2 record with their 22 goals winning margin, beating the Strathclyde result (21-1) against the same team earlier this season.

Michael Garbutt managed to get his 7 goals playing only 5 minutes of the second-half, in a Steph Curry-esque display, Michael could hardly miss! It was another great team display saw goals from all around the team with every player this weekend got themselves at least 2 goals.

Special praise was given to Rob Stone who was an absolute pest on defence winning many interceptions, dominating the rebound and dishing out some great assists.

After last week’s first win of the season, it looks as though City 2 have really built on the foundations they laid in those matches. Long may their rise continue and we eagerly await their next fixtures on the 2nd December where they’ll face off against Edinburgh University 2s and 3s.

Players (Goals): Andrew Goode (1), Bob Mather, Chris Horsely (1), Elly Gaunt (1), Katrina Caldwell (1), Laura de Nooij (8), Lauren Halkerston (1), Michael Garbutt (7), Rob Stone (2)

MVP: Laura de Nooij