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Issue 135 Sept 8 2010

GB Duo Aim For Elite League With New Club GREAT Britain captain Ciaran Williams and team-mate Sebastian Prieto have both signed for ambitious Norwegian club TTIF Tophåndball Halden after successful trials over the summer.

Eager for Action - GB Captain Ciaran Williams.

22-year-old playmaker Williams, from Edenfield in Lancashire, and 23-year-old right winger Prieto, from Crowborough in East Sussex, will form a key part of the team who are pushing for promotion to the Norwegian Elite League this season.

Ambition “We both agreed that it was THE development of handball a great opportunity to play in in Scotland continued last a young team who have week when top officials from similar ambition and the European Handball aspirations as ourselves,” said Federation visited Edinburgh Williams. (see picture below). EHF President Tor Lian, “The team’s goal this season Vice-President Jean Brihault, is to qualify for the play-offs Secretary General Michael for the Elite League. This is Wiederer and Development and Education Official great for us, as it means the Helmut Hoeritsch held talks intensity at every training with Scottish Handball session and the commitment Chairman Stephen Neilson, of the players is of the highest SportScotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris and level, and helps us as we look SportScotland Partnership to develop and help GB when Manager Megan Griffiths. we are on camp. Among other issues on the “Our coach here Jonas Wille, agenda was possible joint will also be working closely development projects with us and our GB coaches to between the EHF SHA. *In other Scottish news, ensure that our development the Scottish Handball here is maximised.” Association has opened a new office at the Inverclyde National Sports Centre, which is being staffed parttime by administrator Anne McLaughlin. The office number is 01475 687820, and Anne works from 1-5pm on Wednesdays and all day Thursday and Friday.

After battling back from an ankle injury, Prieto is now returning to top form just in time for the beginning of the season on Sunday, while Williams is still currently a couple of weeks away from being fit to play after having surgery on his foot eight weeks ago. “The average age of the team is 22 which is great for me and Sebastian as we fit into that perfectly, and can hopefully play pivotal roles in the team’s success.

Returning to Form - GB Winger Sebastian Prieto.

TICKETS are still available for the Women’s Four Nations Tournament in Liverpool later this month, where Great Britain will take on Italy, Switzerland and Portugal at the Echo Arena. Running from September 23-25, Great Britain will be hoping for a repeat of the “The team is bolstered by a result last time they played in Liverpool, when they couple of older more beat Finland to secure their experienced players too, one place in the 2010 European being Jan-Thomas Lauritzen, Championship qualification round.

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Norway's most capped player. “To play with a player of such experience is only going to help myself and Seb develop further, and we can't wait for the season to start!”

Two matches a day will ensure there is always something to watch, but GB will be hoping to take victory in the event having already beaten Portugal this year in a tournament in Spain in May. Tickets for the Four Nations Tournament are on sale from www.amiando.com/ britishhandball

Handball News is produced by Snowdon Sports Media Partners Ltd for the British Handball Association For more details please contact 0845 230 0803 or log on to BritishHandball.com or EnglandHandball.com


Issue 135 Sept 8 2010

Olympia Draw First Blood in Nottingham Tournament London Side Win Pre-Season Event as Euro Preparations Continue OLYMPIA Handball Club drew first blood in the 2010-11 season when they won last weekend’s Nottingham Pre-Season Tournament. Fielding two teams, Olympia dominated so much that the final was an all-Olympia affair, with their A team winning 13-6 over their B team counterparts. The Tournament proved a good workout for Olympia, who head to Croatia next month to compete in the European Challenge Trophy. Split into two groups, the competition was dominated by Olympia whose two sides topped each group. En-route to the knockout stages Olympia’s A were made to work hard by England Boys, who were using the competition as preparation for the Home Nations Tournament but, suffering from some late withdrawals, lost out 6-7.

Second in their group, Nottingham finished third overall after beating England 9-5. Nottingham had two of the top goalkeepers in the tournament, with No 1 Dana Mohammed making his England debut against his club side. Aside from the action on the court, the event was also used as a training weekend for the first group of Technical Officials being trained up for the London 2012 Olympics, who ensured the event ran smoothly. The event proved a big hit so much so that next year’s event on September 3-4 is being planned as a two-day event to allow for more teams to take part.

Pictures by Michele Davison and Dan Bennell More Photos Here

TALENTED young handball stars of the future are being offered the chance to study and train as professional athletes under England Handball’s new Advanced Apprenticeship in Handball Excellence. Starting in November, the scheme will give 20 of the current County Squad Athletes the chance to be part of the scheme, which lasts two years and is a University entry-level qualification. Part of the EHA’s first High Performance Centre in Warrington, the scheme looks set to expand to London where a second High Performance Centre is scheduled to open in September 2011. England Handball Director of Performance, Mick Hegarty, said: “The AASE programme has seen athletes like double Olympic gold

medallist Rebecca Adlington benefit without compromising her studies. “This qualification is, without doubt, a significant step for England Handball to support our best young players in their studies, their career prospects and their handball destinies. “It must not be seen in isolation of the handball community and it is important that our current clubs get on board as they have a vital partnership role to play. ” For more details of the scheme, please go to www.EnglandHandball.com

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Handball News, September 8 2010