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Issue 161 March 16 2011

Legacy Plans Boosted By European Grant THE growth of handball across England received a major boost this week with the news that the European Handball Federation is investing almost £200,000 in developing the grassroots of the sport. With the London Olympics now less than 500 days away, handball’s plans to make the sport one of the big success stories from the games are taking shape with tens of thousands of schoolchildren, university students and adults discovering for themselves just how much fun handball is to play and watch. The money is part of the EHF’s Infrastructure Support Programme, and will see 225,000 Euros invested in English

handball over the next three years. With the money, England Handball will employ a second Development Officer for London, as well as a Club Support Officer to help clubs across the country grow.

Opportunity Last year the EHF gave a separate grant to England Handball of £45,000 over three years as part of their SMART Plan, and the new money is in addition to that.

Jean Brihault, VicePresident of the EHF, led a team of officials on a tour of the Olympic Handball Arena during the announcement visit, and they also watched youngsters from two local schools playing handball at Newham Leisure Centre (pictured below). “The London 2012 Olympic Games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a lasting legacy for handball in England,” said Mr Brihault. “The EHF is pleased to be able to support England Handball’s development plans through this threeyear investment, which will enable the employment of a full-time handball development officer in the Olympic host city.” England Handball have been helped by Sport England in their bid for the extra funding, and Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, added: “Thousands of English youngsters are now

discovering the excitement and exhilaration of handball – something many of their European counterparts have long known about. We really welcome the support being given by the European Handball Federation to the development of the sport in this country.”

Enthusiasm “This funding will increase the total amount of money provided by the EHF over the last seven months to over a quarter of a million Euros,” said England Handball Chairman Mike Briers. “We must now press on with our development programme, which is seeing increasing interest and enthusiasm for Handball in schools and universities. The clubs must also continue with their youth programmes to encourage more and more youngsters into this exhilarating world and Olympic sport.”

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Issue 161 March 16 2011

Schools Battle for National Honours YOUTH handball teams from across the South battled it out for a place in the next round of the National Under-15s Schools Handball Championships at Leyton SCORE Centre in London recently. The southern heats of the tournament attracted dozens of teams from across London and beyond, and resulted in four boys teams and three girls teams making it through to the second round of the event, which will be staged on Wednesday, May 11. Woodside High School from Haringey was among the successful boys teams, as well as Aylesbury Grammar School, Carshalton Boys Sports College in Surrey and The Coopers Company and Coborn School in Essex.

And the three successful girls teams who go forward in the competition are Tower Hamlets, Helenswood and Barking Abbey. “Handball continues to prove very popular,” said London Handball Development Officer Ari Bekker. “We had a great turnout of teams - more than ever before - and the matches were great to watch. “The skills on show are improving all the time, as handball continues to be

Eagles Beat Leaders RUISLIP Eagles threw the race for the English National League title wide open when they beat tabletopping Salford 30-25 in their clash at Moulton, Northampton, on Sunday. Eight goals from Alex Rabinin and seven from Xavier Burrin helped the Eagles take victory in a hotlycontested clash. Jack Hennessey scored ten goals for Salford, but it was not quite enough to take the win. That result means there are now three teams all on eight points. But the fate of the title could be decided in the next round of matches on March 26, when leaders

Salford take on second-placed Great Dane. Great Dane maintained their hopes with a 23-15 win over Manchester, but they had to rely on a second half fightback to secure the win. With just nine players available, Manchester did well to be leading 9-8 at half time, but they faded in the second period as Great Dane, who had a full complement of 14 players, won the last 30 minutes 15-6 to take victory. And in the day’s other clash, Olympia made it a hat-trick of wins for southern-based teams when they beat Nottingham university 29-20.

introduced to schools across the region, just as it is across the country.” * Photo: Eric Dol / Tower Hamlets School Sports Partnership.

Regional Champs THIS Saturday sees the latest set of matches in the Under-16 Regional Handball Championships take place at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton. The event sees boys and girls teams from counties across England take part in a series of 24 matches, starting with the final group matches and culminating in the finals later in the day. In the boys event, teams from Cheshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, London, Lancaster, Manchester and Merseyside will do battle, while the girls event has attracted entries from Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester and Merseyside. The first matches are at 9.30am, with both the boys and girls finals scheduled for 1.40pm.

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Handball News, March 16 2011