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About Us

Bristol Thunder was founded in 2011 by a group of ex-Bristol University players. From its humble beginnings as the newest club in Bristol, Thunder has fledged into the largest Korfball Club in the South-West and one of the largest outside of London.

To find out more about us check out the video below Be Fit Bristol made about us.

The Club

Our training sessions are run in sports halls right in the centre of Bristol and take place on weekday evenings. For more info on times and locations hit the ‘Training’ link on the menu above.

Thunder now fields 4 squads and is represented all the way from the top tier of the English National Korfball League down to the second division of the South-West League. This means no matter what your experience, if you’ve been playing years or if you’re brand new to the sport, there’s a spot in one of our squads for you.

If you’d like to come and give Korfball a go then come along to our full club training session on Wednesday night at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School (for directions and times see the ‘Training’ Sections in the menu above).

Any questions? Why not email us.

Match Reports 13-1-19

Match reports from the clean sweep of Thunder wins this weekend:

First up from Anna Howbrook with the 4ths:

After a manic morning getting everyone Exeter on time we won 9-8!
Started strong with two long shots fromChester Burbidge and Stacey Mold. Which Exeter then matched with two goals. We took the lead again with a goal from Lewis Ratcliffe. Exeter drew level again. Then Amar Shah came on and got a runner and a long shot in about a minute. But Exeter kept catching back up and we finished half time 6-6.
In the second half we took the lead, and with some great defence particularly from Rohanna Morris we kept the lead, finishing 9-8.
Good game everyone! Thanks Sophie Higgins for coming to coach!
MVPs Rohanna and Amar!

Next up, the 3rd team with el capitan Tom Franks:

While we didn’t quite hit the heights of our last game against them (when we won 37-3), the 3rds won 15-6 against Gloucester. This was our most difficult game of the season so far and the game was tight at 6-5 at half time after a frantic start, but we improved massively in the second half which we won 9-1. MVPs were Sophie Higgins and Michael Greenland, who defended particularly well against someone literally twice my height. Also special mentions to Stacey in her first game for the 3rds who scored a couple of great goals, and Samuel Luke who in his 127th game finally wore a proper pair of shorts! Next game up is the always fun Sunday evening game against Taunton, where hopefully we will be one game closer to winning the league!

And last, but in no way, shape or form least, another win for the 2nds!!

Here was what captain Alex Webb had to say:

Another amazing win for the seconds as we triumphed 12-11 against Cardiff city. A very hard fought win (and not one we were expecting) and we all pulled together and played well for the full 60 minutes. In a game so tight I am super proud of everyone for showing heart and mental toughness to hang on in the last few minutes (a particularly stressful time for the spectators too). Massive thank you to everyone who came down to watch, to the amazing Niki James for shotclocking and our fabulous coach Heidi Paton! We’ve spent the first half of the season losing matches so that teams underestimate us, now to surprise Oxford in our next match!

Don’t forget club training this evening (7-8:30) at SMT and that it is the 2nd week of our beginner-friendly sessions run by Ben Smith! Bring along any friends who wonder what on earth this ‘korfball’ thing is!!

Match Reports 12-12-18

And now onto the match reports (Sorry they’re a bit late) from the weekend’s games!!! Four games, three wins, so not too shabby Thunder!

First up, Rebecca Fitch’s report from the 1s –

The firsts were challenged by the mighty Fishers on Saturday. Kingfisher are mid table and us Thunderers knew that we could cause a bit of a rumble on the court for this match. The match started, and Thunder went strike for strike with Kingfisher. Unfortunately, half way through the first half, we lost our lightening focus for a period, meaning we finished the first half 6 down. It’s a tough one to come back from and it definitely challenged our mental toughness; but we came into the second half, lightening at the ready. The game was quite heated, with decisions being argued with the ref and a fair amount of stormy action on the court. We just couldn’t catch back up, our electricity went static in attack for a bit and we finished the game 29-17. Plenty to learn from, and every game we’re developing even further. Onwards and upwards for our game against Birmingham on Sunday 🙌🏻

Next up, Anna Howbrook for the mighty 4s –

A great win again this week, final score 11-9. Was a close game before half time drawing 6-6 but in the second half we defended well and didn’t give Bristol City too many opportunities so took lead.

Big thanks to Lexi for playing at such short notice (again!) and scoring an amazing long shot! And to Sophie Higgins and Justin Dean for coaching.
MVPs Russ Trueman and Anna

Another win from the almighty 3s with Tom Franks –

The thirds beat Exeter Uni 24-5 in a pretty comprehensive win! Again we were great in defence and scored some nice goals but definitely still some things to work on when we are attacking, despite Samuel Luke going into feed or collect more than once in the game. MVPs were Sophie Higgins and Stephen Wood. Massive thanks again to Ellie for stepping in and Rohanna Morris for playing through illness. We are already halfway through the season and things are looking good with us 6 points clear at the top of the league and being the only team with a positive goal difference!

And finally….. Alex Webb WITH A WIN FOR THE SECOND TEAM!

Christmas came early for the seconds today as we beat Bristol uni 11-18!!!! We have finally broken our duck! Thanks to Jake Cooper for coaching and all of the support. For the third week in a row well done to MVP Roxy Gregory! It is our last match with the amazing Heidi Paton as she moves to instructing Dave Patonfrom the sideline rather than on the pitch!! So proud of everyone as we end 2018 on a high. I’m sure the wins are going to keep coming in 2019!!!

Match Reports 21-11-18

This weekend’s match reports! Lots of travel this weekend for the club and a mixed bag of results!

First up, from the 3s!

VC Tom Franks had this to say:
After the third’s record score last week confidence was high, however at times we struggled against a physical Exeter 3 side. Whilst we defended excellently throughout we didn’t get as many shots off as we should have, which is something to work on before our next game. However, I thought it was encouraging that we all felt a bit disappointed despite winning comfortably 14-4, so Taunton 3 had better watch out!!!
MVPs were Samuel Luke and Sophie Higgins!

Next, the 4th team!

Captain Anna Howbrook had this to say:
Gloucester were back for a vengeance after last weeks loss. We had a very close game unfortunately losing 16-6. We played well and defense was excellent. Gloucester got off to a strong start leading 6-3 at half time. After some half time coaching from Ben Smith we were ready to take the second half but unfortunately Gloucester came back with some excellent long shots and extended their lead. Excellent Korfball played by all and special mention to Paven Bahia and Lexi for playing at short notice! MVPs were Tom Russell and Paven!

And from the wonderful 2nd team!

Glorious Leader Alex Webb’s take on the game:
All good matches start with 3 players running straight from the car to the pitch to start the game and 4 quick raptors goals…. we rallied and got back to 9-9, raptors rattled by our comeback made some substitutions, landed some long shots and the match ended 19-14. A similar story for the seconds, a match we could have won but didn’t. Massively proud of everyone especially Loic Bouyssiec and Rohanna Morris for stepping up and MVP Roxy Gregory!

And finally, from the 1sts!

Captain Rebecca Fitch (AKA current top female goal scorer in the National League [she did not add that part, I did]) report was:
On Sunday the firsts travelled far and wide to get to their match against the mighty Cambridge Tigers. Tigers have had a mixed bag of performances during the season so far, so we knew a win was within our grasp. Once the match started, Tigers roared ahead with their first goal, which was luckily met with a Thunderstrike. This goal for goal continued throughout the entirety of the first half. Our boys were extremely pressed for the whole match, with our girls trying their best to cut feeds and help the lads out as much as possible in defence. Our team work saw us through and we ended the first half winning 10-9.
The game was super tight, and a lot of our Thunderbolts were feeling the pressure. During half time, we had a great chat from Donald, and we reminded ourselves that we were in the lead and had to take control of the next half and keep up the electricity and draw further away!
During the second half, our storm died down at times, with intermittent showers. Tigers pulled back and we found ourselves on the back paw for a bit. But in true Thunder style, we knew we could do it and we gritted our teeth, and whacked out a couple of Thunderbolts towards the end. We were 23-22 down with about 8 seconds to go, when the mighty zeus Sam Louis stepped up and struck lucky with a cheeky goal under the post, allowing us to finish 23-23 and earn our first point in the National League!! BOOM. Stay tuned for more points hopefully ⛈
Shoutout to Donald, Sianne Way, Chris Rainforth, Beth Ryan and Matt Morgan for incredible pitch-side support – you guys are invaluable 😍

Match Reports 11-11-18

This week’s match reports!

First up, from the wonderful 2nd team from yesterday:

Captain Alex Webb – It feels like a familiar story as the seconds lost 22-15 to Bristol city. Hopes were high following a defeat of them in training a few weeks ago however unfortunately we were unable to replicate it. As always it took us a while to get going and by the time we did it was too late to claw it back (helped by some smart shooting by them in the final 5 mins to flatter them with the score). Special thanks to everyone who came down to support and Samuel Luke for shot clocking. Special mention goes to MVP Adam Mason with 5 goals! Seconds will keep fighting and we will have news of our first win of the season soon! Also thanks to Jake Cooper for coaching!!

Next up from the 4s today:

Captain Anna Howbrook – The game started well with us getting off the mark first, but Uni were going for the long shots which somehow went in 90% of the time and they quickly took a lead leaving it 6-2 at half time. A much stronger second half performance with shot after shot rolling off the rim thunder quickly gained back some ground with some sneaky moves and persistent play.

Unfortunately for us uni still had their eyes in with some cracking longshots and although we won the second half it wasn’t quite enough! Lots of positives and plenty to work on! Super well played by all! MVP Lewis Ratcliffe and Sammy Moore!

And last but most certainly not least, the 3s game from this afternoon!!

VC Tom Franks had this to say – Thunder 3 set a SWKA record today with a 37-3 victory against Gloucester 2! It was a fantastic team performance with the goals spread throughout. Special mentions to Anthea Jasmine who was shooting brilliantly and scored 7 goals, and Ben Smith for his great coaching. Unfortunately the victory was marred by Mollie Matilda-Jane injuring her knee by jumping almost as high as she is tall and I’m sure we are all thinking of her as she’s currently sat in A&E (fact check, she may have now left). Thunder 3 play Exeter 3 next week who have already lost to Gloucester 2 so let’s try and beat our record again!

Thunder win Promotion to the England Korfball National League

Friday 13th May 2011.

In a Bristol pub, a group of Korfballers dream up an idea for a new club. They name it after a type of weather, which was very British of them.

Sunday 13th May 2018.

A Bristol Thunder squad containing two founding members wins promotion to the EKL National Premier League, becoming the first South Western team to compete at English Korfball’s top tier since 1996. Exactly 7 years of effort from a huge range of people pays off in the most nail-biting fashion.

Thunder had started the weekend with an intensely fought 18-19 loss to Highbury Korfball Club, losing our grip on the game in the second half to an inspired 10 goal game by Highbury’s Tom Rich. We regrouped and came back stronger for our second game, expertly guided by coach Ross Carr-Taylor and carried by an incredible travelling support to a 12-10 comeback win over Manchester Warriors Korfball Club. This kept us in with a chance of Promotion the following day.

After a top evening of excellent Korfball courtesy of the Premier Division semi finals, we arrived back at the Copper Box bright and early Sunday morning for a must win clash with Norwich City Korfball Club. The squad stepped up again, showing our class with a free flowing 19-13 victory, again buoyed by Ross’ nous and our supporters’ superb noise.

Then came one of the most nerve-wracking hours of our Korfball careers as we took our seats for the crucial final game between Warriors and Highbury, knowing that a Warriors win by a margin of 3 or less would see us promoted on goal difference in a 3 way tie. A ding dong battle ensued, with everyone involved aware of the high stakes and various permutations, but in the end, Warriors ran out 14-12 winners, which saw an explosion of celebration from the Thunder section. We never make it easy for ourselves…

This weekend was simply amazing for everyone involved, and would not have been possible without some insane effort and commitment from a huge range of people. Everyone involved with the organisation of the weekend from England Korfball were superb, hosting a world class event at an Olympic venue, and it was especially wonderful to see young Korfballers compete on the same stage as National League stars.

From a Thunder perspective, the support at the Copper Box was IMMENSE. We’re indebted to those who came and shouted for us from Horfield Korfball ClubUniversity of Bristol KorfballExeter City Korfball ClubUniversity of Exeter Korfball ClubOxfordshire Korfball AssociationLeeds City Korfball ClubCardiff University KorfballCardiff Raptors Korfball ClubCardiff City & Met Korfball, and all of our Thunderers, friends and family (apologies if I’ve inadvertently missed you off that list, there were so many of you!). Also a huge thanks to everyone who sent their support to us on social media, it is all so appreciated, and made such a tangible difference. We are indebted to Ross Carr-Taylor for his superb coaching, dedication and positivity over the last month or so – you have taken us to a new level, and we couldn’t have done this without you. And a final massive thank you to our very own chair Beth Ryan, who organised yet another playoff weekend – logistical hiccups were non-existent, and that’s a massive credit to Beth, our co-founder and Korfball legend.

National League teams, we look forward to welcoming you all to Bristol next season!

Welcome to 2016/17

So where do we go from last season?
Team Captains are picked, congratulations for having the honour for leading a Thunder team
1sts – Sianne Way
2nds – Jo Futter
3rds – Sam Alexander
4ths – Lauren Dance

Last season saw the 1sts win the EKA Promotion Division and WRL, the 2nds being the only 2nd team in WRL and fought hard to retain their position, the 3rds won SWKL2 to gain promotion back to SWKL1 and the 4ths had 23 debuts over the season and will look to stabilise this year to build on the positive end of season results.

Aim is to become EKI accredited and build on the quality and numbers that have set up apart in the first 5 years as we look to the next 5 years.

Season 2014/15 – Facts and Figures


Goals Scored – 960
Goals Conceded – 671

Best Newcomer – Alex Webb
Most Improved – Tim Crutchley
Coaches Award (Teachers pet) – Lauren Dance
Club Captain Award – Beth Ryan
Special Thanks – Rose Jones – for carrying kit, washing bibs, driving and organising the 4th team
Tim Crutchley – for carrying kit, driving and marking the pitches
Ruth and Ramzi – for driving and general support to the Club Committee

4th Team
Goals Scored – 100
Goals Conceded – 134
Players Player – Male Lewis Carson
Players Player – Female Rose Jones
Captains Award – Jay Waller
Top Scorer – Male Lewis Carson 11 from 6 games
Top Scorer – Female Rose Jones 11 from 13 games

3rd Team
Goals Scored – 134
Goals Conceded – 257
Players Player – Male Tom Franks
Players Player – Female Maddy McMahon
Captains Award – Alex Webb
Top Scorer – Male Sam Alexander 36 from 12 games
Top Scorer – Female Maddy McMahon 9 from 11 games

2nd Team
Goals Scored – 258
Goals Conceded – 148
Players Player – Male James McNaughton and Harvey Atkinson
Players Player – Female Clare Welsh
Captains Award – Clare Welsh
Top Scorer – Male Phil Manavopoulos 29 from 6 games
Top Scorer – Female Beth Ryan 30 from 9 games

1st Team
Goals Scored – 468
Goals Conceded – 132
Players Player – Male Angus Davidson
Players Player – Female Ruth Campbell
Captains Award – Harvey Atkinson
Top Scorer – Male Angus Davidson 117 from 19
Top Scorer – Female Ruth Campbell 81 from 20

What A Season!!

What can I say about season 2014/15, apart from it being Thunders best season yet!!
55 different players
Not just one win for the 4th team but 7 as the team finished 6th in the table
A win and a draw for the 3rd team in SWKL1, the first third team to play in SWKL1
A league title for the 2nd team in SWKL1
A 100% record for the 1st team in the WRL, leading to winning the title and coming 2nd in the England Korfball Promotion Division to take our place at the league play offs.
As a club we have
Scored – 886
Conceded – 720
Thunderers you have been awesome, lets have a fun summer and come back next season to do it all again.
Of course that is after the 1st and 2nd teams playoff matches in May.

Stats for the season so far

First team
Scored – 174
Conceded – 96

Second Team
Scored – 103
Conceded – 62

Third Team
Scored – 54
Conceded – 112

Forth Team
Scored – 49
Conceded – 48

Some milestones this season
Sam and Angus have reached 100 goals for the club
Beth – 150 for the Club including 100 for the first team
Sianne and Clare have reached 50 goals for the club
There are many more close to goalscoring milestones which will come up before the end of the season