The IKF is happy and proud to announce that the European Union has granted the IKF an Erasmus + Sport grant for 2020. Together with 5 partners, the IKF will use this grant to develop and standardise the IKF Level I and II coach courses, as well as developing korfball activities within the partner countries. The partners are SWISS Korfball (Switzerland), Koninklijk Nederlands Korfbal Verbond (Netherlands), All-Ukrainian Korfball Federation (Ukraine), Polski Zwiazek Korfballu (Poland), and Marmara University (Turkey).
The project will focus on the development of a professional coach module to promote grassroots participation in korfball. The International Korfball Federation currently offers four IKF Coach Courses on four levels. With this project, it wants to focus on the content of the IKF Level I and Level II coach courses.
The aim of the project is to develop a module that addresses the needs and wishes of the countries, in which motivated coaches are situated, in such a way that the knowledge available in leading korfball countries is easily transferred and adjusted to the local context. The standardised module will become the legacy of the collaboration, which can be used by IKF instructors to educate new coaches. The module will not only focus on the development of the skills of the coaches and the players but also on the promotion of gender equality and team feeling. It is expected that the partner countries will be able to develop their national coach courses, using the feedback and ideas collected during the project. Furthermore, the grants will allow countries to organise local korfball activities, which can be used to a) promote korfball, and b) to investigate what the needs and wishes for the IKF coach courses are.
During the project, the partners will have three physical group meetings to discuss the design and content of the module, as well as discussing the progress being made in all partner countries.