Kings of Corporate Korf

Another midsummer, another Supernova Companies Tournament. Just like Glasto, the annual corporate korfball challenge always ends up with the overall consensus of ‘best year yet.’ This year was no exception.

It’s also around this time of year where I seem to make up endless excuses as to why I haven’t been running around the korfball court over the previous winter months. Aha – got you this time.

I’ve actually played a number of indoor matches this year. ‘Comeback’ would be a slightly strong word, but I did manage to pick up a Championship winning medal last Friday, as part of the triumphant Supernova thirds.

But anyway, back to the Banking boys and girls…

Each year we seem to be blessed with brilliant South London sunshine as our korfball club invites our corporate friends from The City down to SW4 for an evening spent underneath the big baskets. Months of planning and preparation are taken up by the tournament, but it really does all come down to the goodwill of the weather on the night.

Now in its tenth summer, the 2009 Companies Tournament once again attracted a high level of interest from within the Square Mile. It’s not as if they’ve got anything better to do right now, is it?

The event itself works on a number of levels. We get to introduce our sport to a wider audience, as well as raise money for our friends within the British korfball family. Corporate sponsorship from M & G kindly pays for the catering, and all money raised remains within the game.

Twenty-Four teams contested the Supernova Korfball Cup this summer. As well as the high flyers from the City, we were graced by the lovely Liberal Elite from The Guardian, and a team of the chattering classes from Westminster. It’s nice to know that korfball attracts a chin stroking philosophical crowd, as well as the corporate testosterone from within the City. And that was just the banking girls…

For a sport that was invented to try and breach the male / female sporting divide within Dutch schools, korfball works perfectly within a corporate environment. Everyone is of equal value, and a winning team genuinely does need to rely upon all players to achieve success. I’m sure there’s a metaphor buried away in there about the merits of banking bonuses.

The Royal Bank of Canada emerged as the 2009 champions, just as the sun was starting to set across Clap’ham Common. What is rewarding to see is that a number of players are now returning each summer, and the standard of the tournament is subsequently increasing.

Team tactics are starting to develop, and some of the play on show in SW4 on Tuesday evening would have given the Supernova championship winning third team a decent run out. Maybe that’s my excuse sorted for next season? Couldn’t play korfball, too many bankers in the team.

Too many jokes…

Many thanks to our friends from UBS, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan for kindly agreeing to take part in various podcasts over the course of the evening.

A huge backslapping for the many people within Supernova who also make the event possible each year. Carole Swan and Tamara Burnell both merit a special mention, and no doubt free drinks from each club member over the course of the summer.

Full flickr stream over here.

Welcome to Supernova Companies Tournament

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Nicola Gordon, Chairperson Supernova Korfball Club

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Kerry & Jane, UBS

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Dave Bond, korfball referee supremo

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Simon, Deutsche Bank

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Carole and Mark, Organising Queen and her Sidekick

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Stephanie, JP Morgan

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