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Monday, October 18, 2010

Limburg Welcomes British Handball

AHEAD of the training camp for the GB women’s team next month, British Handball’s CEO Paul Goodwin headed to Limburg in Holland last week to further strengthen ties between the two parties.

The region of Limburg in Southern Holland has produced many world champions and Olympic medalists in a host of sports, and seven times world record holder and former Olympic gold swimming medalist Ada Kok was on hand to welcome Goodwin, and Matt Shuker from British Handball’s marketing partner, Oaks Consultancy.

The meeting was part of a visit to a trade fair in Maastricht, where discussions were had with the Dutch Handball Federation and the regional sports minister, who was there to sign an agreement with Limburg to create a new National Handball Academy in the region.

“Limburg has an excellent sporting tradition and handball is up there amongst the other top sports,” said Goodwin afterwards. “It is therefore much easier to discuss handball with businesses in Limburg because they understand the potential of the sport.

“From the warmth of the reception we received and the interest in British Handball from the Limburgers, this was a successful visit and further serves to strengthen the new partnership.”

The Great Britain women’s team will be visiting Limburg next month in preparation for their World Championship qualification matches in Poland.

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