FIVE korfball players from Croydon-based club Trojans will be flying out to Cali, Colombia, to represent Great Britain in the World Games. Steph Allen, Neala Brennan, Amy Turner, David Brooks and Tony Woodvine have all been selected for the squad by GB coach Dave Buckland. This represents further success for Trojans as they regained their title as English national champions in May. The World Games is an international sporting event showcasing sports such as squash, karate and roller-skating alongside korfball. In the korfball competition, the British team have been placed in the same pool as the world champions, the Netherlands, along with Portugal and the Czech Republic. Great Britain will commence their matches on July 31 against the Czechs. The British squad have been preparing hard for the tournament and their training programme has included participation in the London to Brighton bike ride. Korfball is a mixed team sport with four male and four female players on each team. The game is Dutch and shares its roots with basketball and netball. It was invented in 1902 by a Dutch schoolteacher who wanted a game that all his pupils at the first co-educational schools in Amsterdam could play together. Gary Brooks, coach of Trojans said: "After winning the English national title, it was the icing on the cake for five Trojans to be selected to represent Great Britain at the World Games. "Steph, Neala, Amy, David and Tony have shown all season that they are quality korfball players and this is a great opportunity for them to show it again on the international stage." And Mark Paxton, Development Officer of the London Korfball Association, is delighted. "It is terrific to see London korfballers being selected for the Great Britain squad. This is a great example to aspiring young players in London of what can be achieved. "We will be following the progress of the GB team with great interest."
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