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Going korfball crazy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:39 05 July 2010

Tai Annan, left, Sophie Crisp, centre, and their 14-year-old coach Zoe Smith. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tai Annan, left, Sophie Crisp, centre, and their 14-year-old coach Zoe Smith. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Mark Boggis

A NEW sport hit the courts at Kirkley High School this week.

And yesterday there was an extra-special treat for talented sports stars of the future - as youngsters from Kirkley Middle School and Elm Tree Middle School both took part in an eastern region Korfball tournament in Norwich.

A NEW sport hit the courts at Kirkley High School this week.

And yesterday there was an extra-special treat for talented sports stars of the future - as youngsters from Kirkley Middle School and Elm Tree Middle School both took part in an eastern region Korfball tournament in Norwich.

They were being overseen and coached by talented PE performers from year nine at Kirkley High - as 14-year-olds passed on tips and techniques to 10 and 11-year-old middle school children during five hours of coaching.

The sport, which is similar to basketball and netball, is a fast-paced Dutch version that is taking off in this country.

Played on a slightly smaller pitch, with smaller posts to shoot the balls into, yesterday's tournament at the University of East Anglia in Norwich was a culmination of a week's worth of dedicated training as a dozen teams of all ages descended on Norfolk.

PE teacher Pete Seadon, who had got the Kirkley High pupils and middle school youngsters involved in “something new and challenging” was delighted with the progress they all had made.

“The High School pupils are using the skills learnt in PE lessons and passing these on to middle schools kids,” Mr Seadon said.

“The children from year nine have been identified as more able - they may be good leaders, players, umpires or coaches - and they have all been excellent.

“It's been really challenging, but they've been really excited about running the show and they have all done great.”

The Elm Tree Middle School pupils were: Lauren Christie, Sam Burrows, Jordan Johnston, Brodie Lock, Abigail Prior, Sophie Crisp, Tai Annan, Harry Sopp, Jack Ellwood, Emma Tanoe and Gemma Golding.

They were coached by talented teenagers Megan Hearth, Katie Lockwood, Jordan Gissing and Chris Healey from Kirkley High.

The Kirkley Middle School pupils were: Sam Taylor, Zoe Parker, Sonio Gomes, Callum Batley, Natasha Bennett, Beth Quittenton, Kegan Wheatland, Ben Stone, Laura Sheehan, Mary Short.

And this set of youngsters were all coached by the talented teenagers; Oliver Kent, Ellis Jackson, Warren Hurwood and Zoe Smith from Kirkley High School.

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