Korfball’s Annual Alumni Event
By Sophie Peabody
Korfball’s annual Alumni event returned in person, after a virtual event last year, on Saturday 26th February. This event involved a whole afternoon of Korfball matches followed by a night out at Saturday Union. The alumni weekend is also one of the club’s charity events. This year we decided to raise money for No 5, a Reading-based charity offering free counselling and support for young people aged between 11 and 25 in the local area.
With outstanding attendance, we were able to play four competitive matches over the course of the afternoon. Our first two games were Reading Knight players vs our alumni, seeing the current players come out victorious, winning both the games with scores of 11-4 and 8-4. Normally the alumni team wins these games, so there was lots of celebration from our current members when we won! With alumni players from the last 5 years attending, we were able to have a head-to-head between our two alumni teams Reading ReTired and Reading Knighties, with ReTired coming up top with the score being 3-5 to them. To round the afternoon off, the fourth and final game was a free for all with everyone just having a bit of fun.
Not long after the competitive afternoon ended, we all met up again for a pre-Union get-together. With some ice-breaker games and 2000’s playlist, we had a well-needed catch up with friends and an opportunity to get to know everyone and hear about our favourite memories from the club over the last few years. To round the day off we headed to Union and were lucky to skip the queue on VIP tickets and receive a free glass of prosecco on entry. Dancing the night away was the perfect way to celebrate the day.
Our club is happy to announce we have raised £125 for No 5. With this, we alone have supported almost three counselling sessions or provided eight telephone sessions for 8 young people in the local area.