Southampton Spartans Korfball Club was founded in November 2011 by David Creed and Kate Fraser-Smith. The Club’s first match was a friendly game against Farnborough Korfball Club on 17th December 2011. Although we lost 13-8 in this first match, we fought back that season in the Southern Counties Korfball League (SCKL), winning 8, drawing 1 and losing 3 matches. This put us in the top spot of the league and we were crowned champions. As well as this excellent result in our first ever season, the male and female top scorers of SCKL were both from the Spartans Club. Alex Bell had scored 33 goals to become top male scorer and the top female scorer was Sjoukje Hoekstra, who was our star player visiting from the Netherlands.
Following the success of 2011-2012 season, the Club expanded to include a University team which entered the 2012-2013 season of the Oxfordshire Korfball League (OKL). Both the City team and University team had a successful year, winning the majority of their games in Division 2 of OKL. The season finished with the University team winning 12 out of 13 matches. This excellent result put the University team at the top of Division 2, gaining them a promotion into Division 1 of the OKL. The City team followed closely in second place of Division 2, winning 10 out of 13 matches. Alex Bell was the top scorer with 56 goals for the University team. David Creed was top scorer for the City team with 20 goals. Overall, Alex Bell was the top scorer of the league with 76 goals. As the Club gained more new members, we were able to field a Development team for the second half of the season. The aim of the Development team is to allow new players who may not be competent Korfball players to gain experience in match play with the guidance from more experienced players in the Club.
The University team also had great success in the BUCS competitions too. They finished second at the Southerns Regionals to eventual National Champions, UEA. They then went onto finish 5th at Nationals, but lost to UEA in the quarterfinals.
The Club has managed to field five teams in the 2013-2014 season, with two University teams, two City teams and a Regional team. The Regional team was made up of a mixture of the best players from the University and City teams. This gave a chance for those who wanted to compete at a higher level to play against players from the Western regions. The Regional team achieved a very respectable second place in the league despite being their first year entering. University 1 came third place in their first year in Division 1. City 1 achieved second place in Division 2.
Spartans had a great season in 2014-2015. Not only did the First team finished top in OKL Division 2, earning themselves a promotion to Division 1, the Regional team also earned themselves a promotion to the National Promotional League for the coming season as they were runners up in the Western Regional League.
In the season 2015-2016, Spartans second team did exceptional well and finished top of their division. After winning one of the two matches in the playoffs, our second team got promoted to Division 1 for the season 2016-2017. Our regional team also maintained their place in the National Promotional League for the new season.
We look forward to welcoming new players to our club whether they are looking to keep fit, or are joining for the competitive side of Korfball!