Profile: Croydon Korfball
- Club name: Croydon Korfball Club
- Club colours: Blue and black
- Location: Croydon, South London
- Year founded: 1946
- Website: www.croydonkorfball.com
After celebrating their 70th birthday at the beginning of the season, Croydon are hoping to be celebrating again come May – this time with promotion back to the England Korfball League.
Croydon boasts the fact they are the only team in this season’s play-offs to have previously won the EKL – doing so in 1995-96. Their goal this season is to return to the league at the first attempt after relegation last season.
Croydon’s Laura Nicholls said: “We think our chances are high once again this year with our squad having worked incredibly hard. Competing against the best in the national league last season was difficult but has allowed us to come out hungrier for more this year – a more learned and developed team, the better for it.”
Next season the EKL is being expanded to ten teams, from the current eight. Which Laura said has been a real driving force for Croydon this season.
“From a tough season 2015/16, we are excited to know there will be more competitive games at both ends of the table with this change, which we believe will result in some good battles throughout the season. It won’t be a foregone conclusion on how the table will look at the end of the season, which can only be a good thing for English korfball,” Laura said.
Croydon has a long tradition in English korfball, as one of the first few clubs formed. Laura said: “We are very proud to be the oldest UK korfball club and our 70th birthday celebrations showed just how much of a family the club has become over the years. It has also been great to see the development of the club’s newer players over the course of the season and watching them become mainstays in the top teams.”
Laura says the team will relish the opportunity to compete at the playoffs once again this season. “The competitive atmosphere of the two-day tournament, and playing against the other top promo league teams, can only bring out the best in our players, and we are particularly excited about the new spectator venue that this year will have,” she concluded.
Watch Croydon in action at the LFF Korfball Grand Finals at the K2 Crawley on 6th-7th May. Click here to buy your tickets.