NTU Korfball team. Credit: NTU Sport.

Korfball is something most people haven’t heard of but is a sport that is quickly growing in Nottingham.

It is the only mixed gender sport in the world- with each team made up of four males and four females.

It is played on a court, which is split into two halves. Four of the teams players play in one half, why the other four play in the other.

The teams must stay in their half, trying to score the ball in the korf- a tall netball like hoop. The players must also try to stop the other team from scoring.

They can’t move or dribble the ball but can pass to their teammates, regardless of what half they’re in.

The winning team is the side with the highest score, based on how many times they scored the ball through the korf.

The sport is growing in the UK with a large number of Brits making up the 200,000 who take part worldwide.

Korfball has especially grown within Nottingham, leading to the establishment of the East Midlands Korfball Association (EMKA).

EMKA is the representative body for the sport in the region, organising local and regional games as well as promoting the sport.

The body is made up of members from the clubs, which includes four teams from Nottingham.

EMKA recently held a tournament between the teams, providing players with the opportunity to get ready for the season and training officials.

EMKA Secretary, Jonny Steer, said: “Events such as this provide a great opportunity for new people to try it out risk-free and also visibility for the sport.

“Tournaments like this play an important role in maintaining player engagement when there are breaks between league games.

“The tournament was very successful with lots of competitive, high-level korfball on display as well as four referees put through their paces and six shot-clockers assessed.”