Department of Sport

Performance Korfball

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Performance Korfball


Korfball players studying at The University of Nottingham join one of the strongest and most established University Korfball set ups in the United Kingdom. We've been ranked as the top institution in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition for two consecutive years, with our top team taking silver from the 2015/16 BUCS Championships event. 

For talented players, there's a strong pathway to the international set up. Several of our alumni and current students feature in including current England Senior captain Benjamin King, teammate Joe Bedford and current student and England U23 player Marcus Tighe. With four brand new pitches at the £40 million David Ross Sport Village, opened in 2016, it's an incredibly exciting time to join University of Nottingham Korfball!

Korfball at The University of Nottingham

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Performance coaching

Head coach of our Korfball programme is Alexandra Derham, current England and GB senior international and former GB Students representative. Shortlisted for Nottinghamshire Young Sports Coach of the Year 2017, Alex has driven the club forward during her leadership.

Alex is supported by a team of student volunteers from within the club, allowing players to gain valuable coaching qualifications and experience. 

Contact Alex Derham


Performance training 

  • 4 weekly court sessions (total 5 hours per week)
  • weekly strength & conditioning sessions (60 min each)


  • 2016/2017 - No #2 ranked institution in BUCS competition
  • 2016/2017 - Trophy Gold medalists 
  • 2016/2017 - Plate Silver medalists 
  • 2015/16 - No #1 ranked institution in BUCS competition
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Championship silver - 1st team
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Shield gold and bronze - 2nd and 3rd teams
  • 2014/15 - No #1 ranked institution in BUCS competition

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

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Benjamin King

Studied: BA Management Studies (School of Business) - 2010- 2013

Korfball background: England senior captain - World and European Championships

Top achievements: Captaining England to 4th place in the 2015 World Championships. Winning two British Universities gold medals with The University of Nottingham. 

Nottingham has a thriving korfball scene with a competitive National League team based in the city and a University team always in the mix for national medals. I had a fantastic three years playing for and coaching the UoN side!
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Marcus Tighe

Studying: BA Politics and International Relations (School of Politics)

Korfball background: Former player at Harrow Korfball Club (2010-14) and Bec Korfball Club (2014-16). Represented England at U17, U19 and U23 level at World Cup and Championship competitions.

Top achievements: Twice runner up in the English korfball league with Bec Korfball Club and representing England at the U23 World Championships in the Czech Republic. 

 The University of Nottingham has a prestigious history in University competition and I wanted to be part of contributing to that legacy. 


University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000