A group of Dundee Korfball Club's youngest members received their SKA Level 1 Korfball Skills Awards in the run up to the Christmas break. A handful of these players started playing korfball with the club over 18 months ago, and have stuck with the sport through thick and thin. Others have joined within the past 6 months, as part of a Red Nose Day community project funded by Comic Relief, and the club's record junior attendance is now up in to double figures. More people are still needed to help the sport grow though, so the club will continue to offer all new players their first few training sessions free-of-charge. Training takes place at the Ardler Complex on Turnberry Avenue every Thursday evening, beginning on January 9, 2014. Juniors (6-14 years old) train from 5:30 to 6:30pm, and seniors (14-50+) from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

To earn their Level 1 skills awards, each of Dundee's young players has had to demonstrate all of the basic skills of korfball over a time course of several weeks to several months. The skills tested include passing and catching, marking and evading, shooting, defending, and playing as part of a team (this includes taking support positions and demonstrating good sporting behaviour). The coaches will now focus on helping the youngsters build towards their level 2 awards.

Korfball was developed by Dutch school teachers in 1902, and as is known as an alternative ("Dutch-rules") form of basketball. Most importantly, these rules give equal opportunities to both male and female players. Teams are made up from equal numbers of boys and girls (boys mark boys, girls mark girls), but both sexes are expected to score goals and defend at different points in the game). It's great fun to play for both school-age kids and adults and really easy to learn.

Anyone interested in taking up korfball in the new year should contact the club's chair, Nigel Cooper, on 07817 640432, or see the club's website at www.dundee.korfball.org.uk for more details