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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

UK Handball Clubs on Google Maps

Courtesy of John Ryan at Team Handball News there is now a Google Map specifically for UK handball clubs. This is a public map where you can add your club contact and training details. Go to the map
Team Handball News has a wealth of handball information from around the world. Read Team Handball News

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Has your local newspaper published a handball story recently?

Handball: Newcomers Garston are edged out as Liverpool make winning start
Oct 12 2007 by Staff Reporter, Liverpool Daily Post
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Handy Chloe nets six in super win
14/12/2007 Rossendale Free Press
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Handball hands Scots chance for Olympics

Richard Moore of Scotland on Sunday, 2nd December, writes "What would happen if you plucked 14 ordinary people doing ordinary jobs from various places in the UK, and delivered them to a world-class sports academy, giving them enough money on which to live, and exposing them to regular, high-level competition?"

Moore speaks with five Scottish players about their experiences to date and their handball ambitions.

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Whole New Ball Game

Mark Woods reports in the Herald 22nd December, how Scott Frew made it through from the Sporting Giants campaign to being selected to join British Handball's development squad in Denmark

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Louise aims for Olympic handball glory

The Suffolk Evening Star, 14 December 2007 reports on former England Under-18 hockey player from Ipswich, Louise Jukes, and her quest for Olympic glory with handball.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

World Class Programme - Athlete Update

my name is Huw Goodwin, and I am one of the athletes on the British Handball Association's World Class Development Programme - that's right, Britain has a handball team! There is a squad of men and a squad of women both based out at the Idraetshojskolen Arhus, in Denmark, training full time and playing for club sides in the area. The idea is that we will be exposed to greater levels of handball, in a country that sees the sport like the British see football.
We are embarking upon a tough and arduous journey to eventually compete at the London 2012 Olympics. We have to learn quick, as we are still regarded as a developing nation and, to my knowledge, have never qualified for the Olympics (or any major handball tournament? Someone might be able to correct me on that one!). My learning curve needs to be particularly steep, as I have only just begun playing the sport. I have come across from having a full time job, to going through the Talent Identification process, to living out in Denmark; and all this within 12 months! I had previously played rugby union and rugby league to an okay level but was ready to begin playing more socially and get myself a proper job (to pay off student debts). However, somehow I have ended up becoming a full time handball player, and being involved with the Great Britain squad! I don't regret a thing, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next. I'm living the dream and hope that one day it will culminate in the Olympic final, and a Gold Medal for GB Handball! Who knows...
In the meantime, there is a lot of training to be done (we have physical testing tomorrow!)... One year ago I had never touched a handball; one year later I'm playing handball full time; four and a half years from now I'm competing at the Olympics...?!
Watch this space for updates on the progress of myself and my fellow athletes on how we are making Great Britain a handballing giant...
Text: Huw Goodwin

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sunday, December 09, 2007

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Great Britain win in France

The Great Britain Women's team secured their first international victory of the new era beating Luxembourg by 36 to 26. The GB team were once again playing in Beauvais, the same arena that the Presidents Cup is being played in but this time they were watched by the President of the IHF who had instigated GB's participation at this event.

Coach Morten Arvidsson had been pleased with the defensive performance against the Police team but felt that the GB team did not exploit this with fast counter attacking. It was different in this match, with the defence again looking strong but this time the team worked hard on the fast breaks and got their rewards with a great first 5 minutes, opening up a 4 – 1 lead. In fact the first goal was scored by Louise Jukes one of the TID players who has been playing handball only a few months having previously played Hockey to England junior (U18) level.

Over the next 15 minutes GB attacked with great energy and Yvette Frings was in fine form, scoring 4 goals in quick succession. At the other end Cerys Walker was having a fantastic game in goal saving 8 out of the 13 shots she faced. GB pulled away to a 13 – 4 lead but then suffered a mini collapse which lasted for 10 minutes. Luxembourg came right back in the game scoring 7 goals to only 2 from GB,

After half time however, GB gradually regained control with the team again working well in defence and setting up counter attacks which 15 year old Chloe Lam- Moores accepted greedily, scoring 6 goals. All the team got in on the scoring act, with Britt Goodwin also contributing 7 goals but Frings continued her goal scoring until she was harshly red carded for a third 2 minutes, having taken an earlier 2 minutes for a team mate by a mistake from the referee. She finished the match as top scorer with 8 goals.

After the match the squad posed for photos with Dr Moustafa, President of the IHF who was impressed with the progress this young side is making under coach Morten Arvidsson.

Squad and scores: Cerys Walker (gk), Sarah Hargreaves (gk), Laura Innes (gk), Yvette Frings ( 8) , Britt Goodwin (7 ) , Chloe Lam-Moores (6), Emma Dahlin (3), Kelsi Fairbrother (3), Holly Lam-Moores (3), Lynn McCafferty (2) , Louise Jukes ( 2), Sophie Keen (1), Lesley Robb (1), Paige Garvey.

Text: Mel Chowns

Mini handball a hit at South London School

A new sports hall has prompted Dulwich College Prep. School, in SE London to take up Handball, with organiser Mark Mitchell now running a club of 20 boys, aged 11-13, who have just been formed into two squads to set up their own mini league. 
After 4 matches, it's all square, with 2 draws, one on the school's Open Day exhibition match, and a win apiece for Dinamo DCPS and the Dulwich Olympians! 
Mr Mitchell is desperately seeking club/school opposition at this age group, though, as the boys' enthusiasm and skills are growing by the day. With an eye to 2012, at least four of the lads are showing real promise, with fast-break jump shots and agile goalkeeping top of the menu, and they would obviously like to share their enjoyment of this simple, but fast and exciting, sport with any other groups of youngsters from, preferably, the south London / Surrey / Kent area.
Mark can be contacted by email at mgm@dcpslondon.org

Thursday, December 06, 2007

GB Women v French Police - Match Report

GB women put up a credible performance against the French National Police team in Beauvais the warm up match to the World Championship matches.

Although losing 23 to 13, the team can be pleased with many aspects of the match, especially the defence which was very good throughout. Coach Morten Arvidsson was looking for a strong performance in defence, which would then lead to counter attack possibilities and although the defence was indeed good, the team did not exploit this with the fast breaks, which is normally where they are strong. The team were also looking at breaking the game down into 10 minute blocks, to see if they could increase the spells where they were effective in all areas.

GB started the stronger and quickly took a 3:1 lead over their more experienced opponents but the police team gradually pulled back into the game and at half time were 10 – 6 ahead but this was a good first half, especially the first 20 minutes for GB.

The Second half started badly for GB with lapses in concentration and too many technical errors. GB were also hampered by injuries to Britt Goodwin and Kelsi Fairbrother, which put huge pressure on captain Lynn McCafferty and left back Lenka Kocisova. The French Police pulled away in a strong  20 minute spell where they scored 12 goals to GB's 5. The coach brought back Sarah Hargreaves in goal and she saved 7 out of 11 shots and at one point the French side did not score for 10 minutes. GB finished strongly which was encouraging, only losing the last 10minutes 4:3 which gave a final score of 13 – 23 for the French side. McCafferty led the way with 6 goals, with Kocisova scoring 4 goals.

The team now have one more day of training before facing Luxembourg when they hope that their injury problems will be solved.

In the main event, France suffered a shock defeat to Angola.

Text: Melanie Chowns

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

GB Women to play French National Police Team in Beauvais

The Great Britain Women's squad moved from Nantes to Beauvais following the completion of the preliminary rounds of the women's World Cup in France. Having watched Germany and Korea progress to the main round, the GB teams minds moved to their own matches. On Thursday the squad plays the French National Police Team in an afternoon match at the main arena before the Presidents Cup rounds start in the evening.
This will be a tough challenge for the squad but an excellent warm up for the international against Luxembourg on Saturday.The squad has no major injuries apart from left back Lada Dungworth who injured her back just prior to the camp, so there will be a need for the remaining key back players Lynn McCafferty, Britt Goodwin and Yvette Frings to take on the additional responsibility.
Coach Morten Arvidsson took the squad for a light training session on Wednesday night after their journey, working on the counter attack and defensive positioning. This followed a session of video analysis of their game against St Sebastian as well as reviewing the defense work of France and Korea.
Good news for the squad is the welcome return of left winger Holly Lam-Moores from the Haslingden club, as she is now on the way back after a long layoff with a back injury.
Following the training camp, eight of the squad will return to the Handball Academy in Aarhus for the start of the spring term. They are: Cerys Walker, Lada Dungworth, Louise Jukes, Laura Innes , Sophie Keen , Holly Lam – Moores and Sarah Hargreaves
Text: Mel Chowns

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Commonwealth Handball Meeting in London

Representatives of a number of Commonwealth handball federations met in London this weekend. Items on the agenda included a Commonwealth competition for Men and Women and a youth competition for U17 boys and girls. The members also discussed how to get the sport, already recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation, actually onto the programme of the Commonwealth Games. It was recognised that a primary function of the CHA and where it could be most effective is by influencing International Handball policy and elections. There are over 50 Commonwealth nations affiliated to the International Handball Federation and this would make the CHA a powerful block.
Pictured some of the delegates from India, England, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Cyprus.

10 things to do during Euro 2008 according to the BBC

So the good old Beeb have noted that there is more to life than football!

London Women battle it out at Leyton

Saturday the 17th November saw some of the best womens handball action this season at Leyton, London.

Squirrels 25 - 20 Oxford Uni

The day started with a match between Squirrels with only 6 players available, against Oxford Uni. Despite the lack of players Squirrels were able to convincingly beat the Uni team. The woman of the match was Olimpia Lopesde of Squirrels who scored 5 goals who in the heat of the action picked up a red card.
Great Dane 18 - 20 Ruislip Eagles

The second match between the champions Great Danes and last years runners up Ruislip Eagles. This match lived up to expectation and was hard fought throughout. Ruislip were without top scorer Danni Sposi and to compound their problems, Danes top scorer Iris Manu passed a late fitness test to get into the team. Danes started the better and quickly pulled away into a 5 - 1 lead, with Manu already in her stride with 3 quick goals. Ruislip were slow to get into an attacking flow and as usual found goal keeper Carlota Berruezo in dominant form. After 10 minutes though Ruilsip began to ease their way into the game with Kocisova and Telej finding ways through a solid danes defence. With less than a minute of the first half remaining, Erika Recska scored a fine solo goal to ensure Ruilsip went in at half time only trailing by one goal.

The second half was goal for goal but Ruislip just started to move ahead following 2 two minutes for danes. Manu however kept a cool head to convert several penalties and scored 7 goals in a row for danes and the teams drew level. Ruislip edged ahead 19 - 18 only to have Kocisova red carded and Soloman also off for two minutes after dissent from the Ruislip bench. With three minutes remaining Danes tried to find a way past the 4 court players of Ruislip but they held out and even scored through Recska. Ruislip managed another goal to spark joyful celebrations at the end as Ruislip won 20 - 18.

Iris Manu was voted player of the match with a 10 goal haul for Danes. Recska top scored for Ruislip with 6. There is no doubt however that Danes will be fighting back and this season looks like being an extremely close fought competition.

Mel Chowns


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Commonwealth Handball Association members meet in London

The CHA executive will meet in London on Friday 23rd November. On
Saturday 24th they will be joined by representatives from other
Commonwealth Handball Federations including Nigeria, India, Pakistan,
Cyprus,Zambia, Scotland and England.

Champions League at Lions Bar

19:30 Thursday 22nd November

Eurosport 2

Lubin v SG Flensburg Handewitt

EHF Champions League

Lions Bar, Kensingtonclose Hotel
Wrights Lane, Kensington High Street

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ashford Junior Club off to a flying start

Ashford Tanners now has a Junior section based at the Norton Knatchbull School in the town. Eighteen under 16 boys attended the first training session held on 15th November. Junior coach Mark Goodwin said ' this is a good turnout for the first week and from the feed back I am expecting to exceed this number in future weeks'. Some of the boys played in friendlies last year and also in the Weymouth beach handball championships, where they gave a good account of themselves.

Handball News

The latest England edition of Handball News is now available on-line via the British Handball Association website.  

Each week newsletter carries league results and tables.


Handball News can be downloaded or you can sign up to have the Newsletter delivered to your inbox each week. Back issues of the newsletter are also available on-line.

British Handball Association


Text: englandhandball.com

Massive fire at Olympic handball site

Up to 100 firefighters were called to the scene in Stratford - site of the proposed handball arena for 2012 - when a huge cloud began rising hundreds of feet over the city travelling south, covering the entire Docklands skyline. Evening Standard

Sunday, July 15, 2007

London Youngsters Enjoy 'Come & Try' Day

The London Summer of Sports backed 'come & try' sessions at Crystal Palace proved a great hit. Children from a number of London Schools took advantage of the occasion and were coached by members of the Province of Quebec handball teams who were on the return leg of their European tour, having competed in Granollers (Spain) and Partille (Sweden). The Canadian players were good sports, allowing them to join their teams for short games, whilst the remainder of the 80 strong squad gave great vocal encouragement to the young Londoners.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Brentwood Festival of Sport

Handball made it back to Essex in true style recently when players from Great Dane and Olympia generously gave of their time and came along to the Brentwood Centre, putting on demonstration games during the towns’ Festival of Sport.

Handball, along with a dozen other sports, was on show providing an opportunity for spectators and fellow participants alike, to watch different sports and have a go in, ‘come & try’ sessions. Around thirty children came to grips with some basic ball handling exercises before being let lose in what can only be described as, freestyle handball, and great fun was had by all!

One of the interested spectators, seeing the game for the first time, was the Mayor of Brentwood. He was introduced to some of the players and remarked how much he had enjoyed their demonstration and expressed an interest in seeing the game return to the borough.

This handball initiative was the first to be organised by the recently formed Brentwood Handball Development Group, with further plans under way during the summer to encourage local schoolchildren to play the game.

John Compton, Brentwood Handball Development Group

Monday, July 02, 2007

A touch of nostalgia

'With player-coach Paul Rolls of Brentwood '72 choosing an experimental England squad to view potential candidates for the England-Scotland 'Olympic Day' match, there was little sign of the drama to come as they coasted to a 12-1 win over Ireland in the opening match.' .....................
................'England in fact looked dead and buried at 0-5 down with 7 minutes played. Tony Tropp of Brentwood '72 at last broke their duck though and by half-time they had clawed it back to 5-7. The fightback continued as the English capitalised on a Mick Hegarty '2-minutes' to level at 7-7 only to then fall behind again 7-9.'

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ashford U16 Boys First Outing

Ashford Tanners new U16 team had a run out against players from Leyton in East
London on Friday evening (22nd). Coached by Mark Goodwin, the team showed good potential, scoring some nice goals and their keeper Gareth Jenner making some exceptional saves. The
boys are looking forward to playing other teams at Crystal Palace in July and entering
junior competitions next season.

Left to right (top) Will Mowl, James Spain, Gareth Jenner, Chay McGill, Rob
Edwards, (bottom) Charlie Fuggle, Mark Goodwin (Coach) and Ben Goodwin.

Champions League Player Looks Forward to Playing in London

Pásztor is proud to play in London István Pásztor, player of MKB Veszprém since 1993, the year of the first edition of the Champions League, but never played in England before: 
- Great Britain is my favourite foreign country and I especially love London. Feeling so much attachment to this country, it always made me sad that handball is not played in England.
Now, it's a great joy for me to play in London and an honour that we are selected to promote handball in the UK. It's a pleasure to be among the first top teams who go there.
Full article

Picture: Champions League http://championsleague.eurohandball.com/

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Handball is back in Brentwood (courtesy of Great Dane)

The annual Brentwood Festival of Sport will be held at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, June 24th .

The day long festival is major promotion of healthy living and to encourage all the family to improve fitness levels. Visitors will have an opportunity to see and try more than a dozen sports, including handball. Handball has a three hour session in a section of the main hall starting at 10am. Great Dane has generously offered to put on a display and participate in a 'come & try' session.

It is hoped the festival will generate renewed interest in the town which produced the first team to represent England in European handball competitions.
For more information mail johncompton@talktalk.net

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Bristol Men play their first friendly against Oxford

The newly formed Bristol Handball Club played a friendly match this evening at Oxford. This was their first outing and despite losing 33-26 they were pleased with their performance, particularly having travelled without an experienced goalkeeper. Bristol could be a strong contender for next seasons league.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Another chance to hear..........

John Ryan of team handball news Interviewed Paul Bray, the British voice of handball on Eurosport and Videosport at the recent World Championships in Germany. Listen to the podcast

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Stratford School Children try handball

At a recent Olympic day, the children at West Ham Church School sampled a host of sports, including judo, hockey, handball, basketball and Paralympic event goal ball.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Norwegian to coach GB women

Norway Post - Bærum,Norway
The Norway Post today reported that Norwegian handball coach Vigdis Holmeset has been called to coach the British Women Handball team in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Weymouth 2007 Beach Handball

Time is running out for entries to this years beach handball. Entries should be made on the beachhandball website

This year's Weymouth Beach Handball Championships schedule will look like this:

Friday Evening: Mixed tournament - turn up and play (5.00 - 8.00 pm)
Saturday - Men/Mixed/Women Tournament
Sunday - Men/Mixed/Women Tournament

Friday, June 01, 2007

Ashford Tanners seek new players

One of Britains oldest clubs is hoping to re-enter the handball league next season after a number of years of being away . Anyone interested in playing should contact Paul Goodwin  . During the summer months we will be having beach handball and BBQ's around the Kent Coast and we will be attending the Weymouth beach tournament. Men, Women and youth players of all abilities welcome.
More info at www.ashfordhandball.org.uk

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Haslingden Handball Club ends season on a high

Haslingden's A' team were crowned Division One champions of the North West Fruit Shoot League after going through the entire season unbeaten. The B' team took second place in Division Two.

Full article Lancashire Telegraph

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bristol Handball Club Seeks Friendly Matches

Bristol Handball Club - www.bristol-handball.co.uk - is now up and running. So far they have attracted lots of male players but only a few women players to their weekly training sessions at the University of the West of England in Bristol. 

The Bristol Club is looking to play some friendly matches over the next few months and would like to hear from any teams interested in playing against them. They are just playing for fun right now whilst they get established but a few training matches would be a great help. The club has access to a full sized court in Wellington, Somerset if teams are willing to travel.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Submit your handball news

If you have some handball news or an event that you would like people to know about, then please mail the details to Paul Goodwin

2007 Weymouth Beach Handball Schedule Announced

This year's Weymouth Beach Handball Championships schedule will look like this:
Friday Evening: Mixed tournament - turn up and play (5.00 - 8.00 pm)Saturday - Men/Mixed/Women Tournament Sunday - Men/Mixed/Women Tournament

Entries are now being taken via an online entry and payment system. Click here to enter your team now!

Monday, May 21, 2007

International Handball in London

Plans are well advanced for a showcase of handball featuring two top European clubs. On 25th August MKB Veszprem KC (HUN) will play Viborg HK (DEN) men's teams. Ahead of this game England Men will play a game in preparation for the European Challenge Trophy. More information to follow soon.

World Youth Games - Crystal Palace , London

For the first time the World Youth Games will include handball on 13th and 14th July. The World Youth Games is held in London every year with International teams competing in Basketball and Volleyball.
On the 13th July, youngsters from London will be invited to attend free 'come & try' sessions whilst overseas teams will compete with British teams on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.
5 teams from Canada have already confirmed their attendance. If you would like to enter a team (U15 and U18 boys and girls) please contact Paul Goodwin for more information.