“Undiscovered gem” Handball set to turn heads after draw

Published May 30, 2012 (Reuters)

Labeled an “undiscovered gem” by London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, handball took centre stage on Wednesday when the men’s draw for the Olympic tournament pitted holders France against surprise 2008 finalists Iceland.

In the women’s competition, world, Olympic and European champions Norway were grouped with 2008 bronze medalists South Korea.

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On Friday 11th May eight schools competed in the South of England U15 Handball Championships.

The Championships took the form of a tournament in which there was a lot of exciting play as the teams fought to finish in the top three places to secure a place in the National Finals.

The Bromfords School, Wickford, Essex secured first place and goal difference had to be used to decide a three way tie which placed All Saints Catholic School, Barking second and Harris Boys Academy, East Dulwich third.

The three schools from the south including the London schools of All Saints Catholic School, Barking and Harris Boys Academy, East Dulwich will play in the National Finals against six other schools from the North and Midlands of England on Saturday 23rd June at Mayesbrook Park the new Olympic Handball Training Facility in Barking.

This Friday 18th May 2012 the new Olympic Handball Training facility in Barking “Mayesbrook Park” will host the South of England U13 Championships.  Matches start at 10.00am and spectators are welcome.



Great Britain know who the 11 other teams competing at London 2012 will be although the draw for the group stages won’t happen until May 30 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The 12 teams who will compete at London 2012 are: Great Britain, France, Spain, Sweden, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Argentina, Korea and Tunisia.

Dragan Djukic, GB Men’s Head Coach said: “This looks like being the best handball event ever!

“Our target is to play competitive games, and to be as close as possible to non-European teams. Also to use every single game to promote the fantastic sport of Handball.

“Our last match against South Korea has given us hope to believe that, with spectators behind us, we can make a miracle and take a win. One dream is closer to becoming a reality!”


Courtesy British Handball Association.


With more than 1000 teams from over 50 countries the Partille Cup is the largest Handball tournament in the world.  The tournament is played every summer in the city of Gothenburg on 60 artificial grass pitche and in anticipation of being officially accepted to 2012 IHF Solidarity Program and Partille Cup USA Team Handball has announced the start of the search for aspiring and eligible boy and girl athletes.

The tournament is open to entry from Club teams, School teams from outside the Nordic Countries and National and Regional Teams from outside the Nordic Countries.  There are competitions in 9 age groups for Boys and 9 age groups for Girls starting for players aged 10 years stretching to players aged 21 years and older.

Registration for the tournament is open until 1st April and the tournament takes place July 2 – 7th in gothenburg, Sweden.

Full details of the tournament can be found here.


Tom Guest

Harlequins had a unique schedule of training this week when they teamed up with Surrey Heat (Basketball), Surrey Storm (Netball) and the Great British Women’s Handball team.

The training sessions were about learning alternative skills that can transfer across and be used in rugby.Harlequins also took time to show the women’s Great British handball team how to play rugby.
The coaches and players showed the Olympic hopefuls passing kicking and tackling drills, before the Quins player were shown the ropes in handball, Europe’s most popular female sport.
Speaking of the week’s events, Olly Kohn said: “It was really good learning new skills outside of rugby that can easily be transferred across. I think all the lads enjoyed trying out the new sports, but I think we’ll stick to playing rugby.”

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