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Issue 153 January 20 2011

It’s Official: GB Handball be at the London 2012 Olympics BOA Backs Handball to be Big Hit at the London Olympics BOTH the men's and women's GB handball teams will compete at the London Olympics in 2012 after the British Olympic Association (BOA) gave them the green light. After a presentation by British handball officials last week, the BOA announced on Wednesday that British Handball would be allowed to take up their place at the games. The news was announced by BOA Chief Executive and Chef de Mission Andy Hunt at the Olympic Handball Arena in London, which is set to be finished in around 14 weeks time.

Legacy “We are extremely pleased to be able to confirm that the British Handball Association has proven to us that they will maximise the opportunities that come with participation at a Home Games to make a step change in their sport that will also have a lasting legacy for handball," he said. “British male and female handball

players are competing in high level club competition in Europe and getting the experience they need to deliver a credible performance at the London 2012 BOA Chief Executive and Team GB Chef De Mission Andy Hunt meets the media at the Olympic Handball Arena. Olympics. “I am confident that handball will be using the experience of London can concentrate fully on getting ready for 2012 to ensure sustained competitive 2012.” excellence and use London 2012 as a Paul Goodwin, British Handball CEO, said: platform to qualify by right for future “We are delighted with the BOA's decision Olympics as well as a springboard for to endorse both the men's and women's growth and capturing the interest and handball teams participation at the imagination of the British public.” London Olympic Games. Today's And BOA Director of Sport and Deputy announcement is testimony to the hard Team GB Chef de Mission Sir Clive work and dedication of our athletes.” Woodward said: “Handball enjoys

Hands On: Pictured at the Handball Arena are, from left, BHA Performance Director Lorraine Brown, GB player Bobby White, BOA Chief Executive Andy Hunt, GB player Dani Sposi and BHA Chief Executive Paul Goodwin.

tremendous popularity throughout Europe and there is no reason it shouldn’t be the case in the UK - I believe that the London 2012 Olympics can be the platform for that growth. “I have no doubt that handball will do Team GB and their sport proud in 2012. I am sure they will seize this opportunity and make the most of it for the long term benefit of their sport. “I am delighted that the players now know that all the hard work so far has been worth it and that going forward they

Olympic Dream Lorraine Brown, British Handball Performance Director, commented: “The announcement today is fantastic recognition of the progress made by the GB handball teams over the past four years and vindication of the hard work, dedication and commitment shown by the players who never lost sight of their Olympic Dream. “Although everyone in GB Handball performance programme recognise that there is still a lot of hard work to be undertaken in the next 18 months to ensure we maximise the time remaining, the trust and support shown by the BOA in our plans is tremendous news.”

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Issue 153 January 20 2011

Coaching Initiative Makes Great Start ENGLAND Handball’s plans to develop the sport in communities across the country took a major step forward last week when they staged the first of their coaching and development days. The project aims to give coaches and teachers the tools they need to get more kids than ever before playing handball, and the scheme has won the backing of the European Handball Federation who have generously provided 45,000 Euros (£37,600) for the three-year project. More than 40 representatives from clubs across England attended the first session at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool, where the main speaker was Roman Filz from Austria, a top EHF lecturer in child and youth coaching who addressed the meeting for eight hours. “This is the first step in encouraging our clubs to work with local schools and youth groups,” said EHA chairman Mike Briers. “The aim is to run regular weekly sessions for children at under-13 and under-

15 level and integrating them into their club structure.” The EHF funding will allow England Handball to train and educate present members with two sessions each year, develop the necessary coaching skills required to work with young people, purchase equipment, fund initial sports hall hire costs and support the EHA's desire to bring in expertise from mainland Europe. Ten clubs were represented at the initial session, and Briers added: “It was an excellent day and all representatives enjoyed the sessions and felt that they had learnt a lot. “It is anticipated the Clubs will soon be able to stage inter club fixtures and hopefully and end of season Festival or Tournament.”

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Universities: Enter NOW! DON’T forget! Entries for the Eagles are celebrating a British Universities Handball RUISLIP double victory this week after Championship next month have both their men’s and women’s teams secured victories over title to be in by February 1. contenders. The event, at Nottingham Last year’s EHA Cup winners, University, is over the weekend Ruislip Eagles men beat last year’s of February 19-20 and includes league champions Great Dane 2726. Championship and Trophy Leading by seven goals at half events for both men and women. time thanks largely to a strong Entries - and enquiries for defence and good performance by keeper Andrius Rinkevicius, the further information about the Eagles faced a backlash from event - should go to admin@ Great Dane after the break, but just clung on for victory.

And Ruislip women also won, 24-20, over league newcomers but title contenders, Deva from Chester. Eleven goals from Telek helped the Eagles to victory, but they had to fight back from a 10-14 half time deficit. Elsewhere, in the men’s league Liverpool Wolves won 36-10 over Speke Garston, while Manchester edged last Deva 29-27. Olympia overcame Cambridge 24-30, while in the women’s league, Thames beat Cambridge 29-17 at Moulton.

Handball News would love to carry more pictures from handball matches in the southern section, as well as Scotland! Any budding photographers who would like to see their work in our weekly newsletter, should contact Frazer Snowdon, British Handball’s Media Officer, at for more details.

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Handball News, January 20 2011  

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