At the 2013 IKF General Meeting in Lisbon last month (27 October 2013) the recently constituted Lviv Regional Korfball Federation was recognised as a new member, making Ukraine officially the 60th korfball country.
Korfball activity in Ukraine started in the city of Lviv last year under the supervision of former Catalan Korfball Federation board member Carles Albà. With assistance from the IKF, through instructors Casper Boom, former international player of the Netherlands, and Russian national coach Sergei Nizovsky, an introductory course for new korfball coaches attracted physical education teachers from a number of different schools. Following the coaching course Lviv Linguistic Lyceum has become the main centre of korfball activity in Ukraine, with PE teacher Dmitry Golubenko taking the lead. On 20 April he organised Ukraine’s first korfball tournament, attended by more than 60 players.
Lviv Regional Korfball Federation was formed directly after this tournament, taking on the mission to develop Ukrainian korfball.