Five Ely Vikings players will represent England on the international stage this year. 

Three representatives will play at the under-17 Korfball World Cup, with two more players joining the England under-15 squad. 

Sam Oakhill, Madison Ford and Elena Fraser will all represent England under-17s in Eindhoven at the end of June, while Josh Braybrook and Piper Froment will travel to Czech Republic in mid-July for an under-15s international tournament.

The Vikings have seen a number of their players picked for international duty over the past few years.

Sam, Madison and Elena have attended the England Academy for some time now, and were all selected for the last under-17s World Cup in 2023, where England finished in seventh place overall.

The three Korfballers, along with the rest of the England under-17s squad, are raising money to fund their World Cup campaign in the Netherlands, and are taking part in a 2,600 mile virtual sponsored walk.

Josh and Piper, who have both been attending the England Regional under-15 Academy, are also looking to raise money for their trip to the Czech Republic.

Funding is vital for all five players to allow them to represent England in their respective international tournaments and help grow Korfball in the UK.

A mixed-team sport, Korfball consists of four male and four female players on each team, that caters to all age groups and abilities.

The game, which is similar to basketball and netball, involves aiming to throw the ball into a 3.5-metre-high basket to score points.

Ely Vikings cater for players from the ages of seven up to 70, and train on Monday evenings at the Hive leisure centre.