Portuguese National Korfball team achieves remarkable result for the national sport
The fifth edition of the European Korfball Championship was held in Portugal, in the city of Maia, between the October 25th and November 2nd. The Portuguese Korfball Federation was the organizer and it was sponsored by Eurotux, through the provision of the information technology infrastructure necessary for the event.
At the closing ceremony speech of the 2014 European Korfball Championship, Paula Gomes, General Secretary and Director of Marketing and Development of the Portuguese Korfball Federation, highlighted that the support of their sponsors, many of which backed the event despite having no knowledge of the sport, contributing to its success and popularity.
The excellent participation of the Portuguese national team and the good organization of the event were congratulated by several institutions from across the country, namely, the City Hall of Maia, the City Hall of Odivelas, the Portuguese Canoeing Federation, the Portuguese Football Federation and the Foundation for Sport.
Korfball is a team sport that distinguishes itself from other similar sports, in that it is played by mixed teams, each one including four men and four women. It was invented in the Netherlands in 1902 by Nico Broekhuyesen as a result of the need for a game that could be played by youths of both sexes, would not be very expensive, would demand general physical activity and would be appealing to youngsters. It was well accepted and the sport expanded right after its initial presentation.
In 1985, the first training session specifically covering Korfball was held at the ISEF in Lisbon, currently named Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (Faculty of Human Kinetics). The first Korfball nucleus was created with ISEF students and professors that would later join the ISEF Agon Club. The first journey of a Portuguese team to the Netherlands and Belgium was in March of 1985. Currently in Portugal, korfball tallies about a thousand federated athletes mainly originating from School Sports. Geographically, there is a predominance of athletes within the Lisbon area.
About the Portuguese Korfball Federation
The FPC has as its main goal, to promote, encourage and regulate the game of Korfball in Portugal, representing the sport in and outside of the country and annually organize competitions that aim to expand and develop Korfball at national and other levels.