Cardiff City & Met Korfball ClubEstablished 2002
The club was formed in 2002 by students leaving Cardiff University who wanted to continue playing the sport. At the time, the only club in Wales was Cardiff University and it was from there that Cardiff City Korfball Club was born. The club initially competed in the Excalibur Korfball League with teams from the South West of England which fueled growth within the club. This lead to the membership splitting to form a sister club in 2005, Cardiff Dragons, with whom the club would develop a fierce rivalry over the years. Dragons immediately stole the limelight by winning their first two seasons in the Excalibur League.
In 2007, the Excalibur League was disbanded to form two separate leagues in Wales and the South West; however, two years later, a new league was birthed to provide competition for the top level teams from Wales, the South West, and Oxfordshire. This competition provided a clear pathway from local leagues to the Premier League and was initially known by the more cumbersome name of the Oxford, Wales, and West League – before a sensible renaming to Western Regional League.
Cardiff City and Cardiff University traded Welsh League titles over the next four years as Cardiff City opted to field evenly matched teams instead of first, second, and third teams. It was at this point that the club tradition of naming teams was born, which has carried on to this day. In the first four years of the Western Regional League, Cardiff City won three titles and finished second on the other occasion to old rivals, Bristol City. The club also attending the first round of the IKF Europa Cup three times during this period.
In 2012, and much like the birth of Cardiff City, a new club in Cardiff was formed by students leaving the university: Raptors. Following a final WRL title in 2013, the next few years were a low point for the club, with a huge turnover in membership which saw our fortunes fall, mirrored by a slump at Cardiff Dragons. As Cardiff University and Raptors thrived, Cardiff City and Dragons wallowed. Likewise, the WRL saw the rise of new clubs, Bristol Thunder and Southampton Spartans who would dominate a new era.
Despite an initial attempt to establish a club at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2013, the club had only limited success and the project stalled. 2014/15 was the ultimate low for the club. Represented now by a single team, we recorded our lowest ever position in the Welsh League with a third place finish. The year proved also to be the last for Cardiff Dragons, who folded at the end of that season.
New blood was needed and a fresh influx of willing members to take on management duties to save Cardiff City. The club moved from Llandaff North to Roath and still with only one team, Cyclones, managed to win the Welsh League title in 2016.
Buoyed by success, the club entered two teams into the league next year and re-started the club at Cardiff Met who entered BUCS for the first time. The club added a second training session at Cardiff Met and, by the end of this season in 2017, Cyclones won the Welsh League again and gained promotion to the WRL, with our new second team, Archers (named after Cardiff Met Archers), earning a wildly unexpected third place. At the Annual General Meeting, the club voted to change its name to Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club – to reflect the large number of student members and the new partnership with the university.
With victory at the newly reinstated Welsh Cup, the club returned to European competition for the first time in four years. Cyclones contested the IKF Europa Cup first round in Slovakia.
Cyclones return to the Regional League in 2017 was triumphant, with close losses to the powerhouse clubs at the top seeing us finish third. With Bristol Thunder finally winning promotion to the National League, it should also have seen back to back promotion with the club taking their place in the Promo League – though, denied by the national governing bodies, the place was taken by Oxford City instead. The club entered two further teams into Welsh League that year and won the league for a third time in a row, with Mavericks suffering just one defeat along the way. The club had partnered with NCMH, the National Centre for Mental Health, and started running events to raise money for mental health charity, Hafal.
Over the summer of 2018, the club became the first in Wales to run Beach Korfball sessions and held a tournament at the Victoria Park Beach Volleyball Centre, Canton, developing ties with that club and Llandaff Rugby Club to use their clubhouse after sessions. Travelling to Turkey, Cyclones once again took part in the IKF Europa Cup first round after pre-season matches against Wales National League sides, Birmingham City and Bristol Thunder.
The 2018/19 season saw a third session added, in Llandaff, to embrace the second Cardiff Met campus there and to give the club a dedicated squad session for the first time in its history. Cyclones will again contest the Western Regional and Mavericks the Welsh National leagues, with a Cardiff Met Archers team once again entered into BUCS competitions.
Through resilience and ingenuity, the club has endured hard times and emerged stronger. Traditions intact, the teams play under different names, and sometimes kits, but all united as BlueBloods. The club’s Welsh motto, adopted in 2017 to mark its fifteenth year, “Chwarae am Calon ein Ddinas” translates as Playing for the Heart of our City, and the club will strive to continue growing and diversifying to ensure our survival and success over the coming years.