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Issue 166 April 20 2011

Handball Played at Olympic Arena for First Time THE first ever handball match has been played on the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) invited Olympia Handball Club to play at the Handball Arena last week.

Alex Gavrilovic, Handball Competition Manager, said: “The ODA has built a stunning venue which will provide an excellent platform for the world’s athletes to

perform at their best. From a sports perspective, the lighting conditions in the arena are perfect for handball. We’re grateful to the Olympia Handball Club athletes for their participation and contribution to the test. “Even though this was just a simulation, the athletes were keen to demonstrate the speed, physicality and excitement of handball. I can’t wait to see this Arena filled with spectators cheering

MORE than 70 youngsters from eight different youth clubs across London took part in a handball tournament at Leyton SCORE Centre last week. The event proved a big success, and marked the end of a five-week handball coaching programme which saw a big improvement in the standard of play.

A mixture of newcomers and more experienced handball athletes played well together in the event, including teams from The Winchester Project, Streatham Youth and Community Trust, Stewarts Road Adventure Playground, Fitzrovia Youth in Action, St Martins, Kickstart, Salmon Youth Centre and Leyton Orient.

A playing surface and goals were installed for the trial, which saw the Olympia players demonstrate their skills so the Olympic Broadcast Service could test their camera setup, with the light-tubes in the roof closed off to allow greater control of the lighting conditions.


for the GB teams as they make their Olympic debut.” Handball tickets are on sale until the 26 April 2011. A total of 76 matches in 46 sessions are on offer, taking place over 16 days. To make sure you don't miss out on this exhilarating event, apply for tickets now via the London 2012 site at

John Jones, Sport Development Officer at London Youth, said: “This tournament was a huge success with many playing the game for the first time. We look forward to continuing the




Handball and building up the sports profile at a grassroots level.”

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Issue 166 April 20 2011

England Handball: On the Up and On the Move! THE rapid growth of handball across England has meant a move of offices for England Handball. Handball is proving a big hit at schools, colleges and universities across the country, and the EHA has quickly grown from a small set-up with part-time staff to a busy office with full-time staff working in areas such as grassroots development, nationwide competitions, coaching and refereeing

awards which are all designed to make handball the legacy sport of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The new address is: England Handball Association, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 7NE. Tel: 01925 246482. Their email address is as it was before the move.

Cell Cup in Schools Invited Olympia Beat for Under-13 Hungary: Great Dane Competition Enter NOW! In EHA Cup ENTRIES are now being taken for the 2011 Cell Cup in Hungary, one of the biggest and most popular events on the world handball calendar. The tournament in Veszprem is for both male and female teams ranging in age from under-9s to seniors, and is a great way to meet handball players and fans from across the globe with hundreds of teams expected to take part in this year’s event, which is the 14th such competition. Taking place from August 18-24, the event will see each team play several games, with under-9s playing two halves of ten minutes, while the match length increases through the ages to the seniors who play two halves of 25 minutes. For more details please go to

SCHOOLS across the North of OLYMPIA Women ensured they England are invited to enter the finish the group stages of the EHA England Handball Under-13s Women’s Cup top of the table Competition, to be staged next following a 23-19 victory over month. rivals Great Dane on Sunday. The event is being staged at The victory at Crystal Palace Parrs Wood High School on National Sports Centre ensures Wilmslow Road in Manchester, they will be in the semi finals on and will be held on Wednesday, May 14/15, when they will play the May 18 at 2.45pm. runner-up from the Northern Deadline for entries is May 13 qualifying group, which has yet to for more details see be completed. Despite the defeat, Great Dane still finished second in the group and will also play in the semi finals, and means the two southern teams could meet again in the final. Nine goals from Linda Bourkab and seven from Heidi Torgnes helped Olympia to victory, while for Great Dane, both Scholz and Lohmeier scored seven times.

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Handball News, April 20 2011  

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