What is korfball?
Korfball (Dutch: Korfbal) is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It is played by two teams of eight players with four females and four males in each team. The objective is to throw a ball through a bottomless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m (11.5 feet) high pole. Co-operability between the teammates is very important in the game, since you are not allowed to walk with the ball. This doesn’t make the game slow or boring, on the contrary it results in a very dynamic game which requires a good physical condition. Half the year we play indoors (when it’s cold) and the other half we play outside on grass.
About Paal Centraal
Paal Centraal (PC) was founded in 1994 but still part of a ‘normal’ korfball club in Delft. Since 2002 PC stands on its own as a korfball club specifically for students. What makes PC special for students is the fact that apart from the sportive aspect the social aspect is very important which results in drinks, parties and a lot of interaction between its members. It isn’t necessary to be in a team and play matches every Saturday. There is also a large group of members that only trains during weekdays, or only visits the social activities, or are part of a committee.
Why korfball? Why PC?
Korfball is traditionally a Dutch sport, so if you want to have a real Dutch experience during your time in Holland, korfball is a great option. However, during the last decennium korfball has become more popular internationally. At this moment korfball is played in over 60 countries.
- Korfball at (international) tournaments
We are not the only student korfball club. Many of the other university towns in the Netherlands have their own club. These student korfball clubs form a tight community and almost every month a club organizes a tournament which we visit with a delegation of players from Paal Centraal. Of course we want to win the games on Sunday, but an important aspect of the tournament is the party with all the participants on Saturday. A great way to meet your fellow korfball players. Next to that, we also organize our own tournament, the “Paal Bokaal”.
Beside the tournaments, PC organizes activities of its own. Our activities committee organizes an activity once a month. You can think of BBQ’s, movie-nights, Ladies/Mans Night, and even a camp lasting 4 days in a camp house. Of course, its also possible to join Paal Centraal just for these activities: you don’t have to join one of the teams.
- Drinks (monthly ‘borrel’)
Next to the activities, we also have drinks together after team practice and match days. Once a month the board tries to gather everyone at café Bebop for a drink. This is a nice way to get to know your fellow korfball players even better!
We train twice a week in two groups on Monday and Thursday at sports centre X. If you’re interested in joining the trainings or just want more information about Paal Centraal, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to welcome you! As an alternative, you can also fill out the form below!
There are different memberships that Paal Centraal offers:
- Recreant: with this membership you are more than welcome to visit all trainings, activities and tournaments. Perfect if you are just starting to play korfball for the first time.
- General Substitute (AR): this membership is the same as recreant, but you are also available as a substitute for one of the competition teams if they do not have enough players.
- Competition member: as competition member you can fully experience the korfball life in Delft. You can take part in all trainings, activities and next to that you are part of one of the teams. The matches take place on Saturdays and some fun team activities are guaranteed. The technical committee and trainers determine in which team you will be playing.
Within our association we consider social safety important. That is why we have agreements about this within the association. These can be found on this page.
If you want to enroll you can fill in the entry form you receive when you visit a training or again you can contact us at email@example.com.