Train your way into 2012 with the Flames!

Train your way into 2012 with Newham Flames Handball Club.  Free Handball try out sessions are being offered by the Newham Flames Handball Club, one of the highest achieving Youth Handball Clubs in the country.

Taking place at Newham Leisure Centre E13 8SD Newham Flames are offering 12 weeks of Handball coaching leading to competitions and festivals.  Full details of the sessions can be found at or by contacting Newham Handball club officials through their website at

Professional coaches will run high quality sessions that cater for all ages, ability and gender so why not throw yourself into 2012 with Handball, one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the UK.

Entries in final days to EHA U13 and U15 Handball National Schools Cup Competitions

Entries to the England Handball Association (EHA) National Schools Cup competitions close this week.  Some difficulties have been experienced by schools submitting entries in the South of England.  To make sure your entry is received please ensure you use the following email address for South of England competition organiser Aranka Bekker:

EHA organise National cup competitions for U13 and U15 girls and boys school teams with teams competing on a local basis first.

The National Finals of this year’s competition will take place on 23rd June 2012 at the new Olympic Handball Training venue in Barking, Essex. South of England Finals will take place on 16th March 2012.

To enter this year’s competition please be sure to email your entry form to Aranka Bekker by 15th December 2011. The cost is £10 per school and entry forms can be found on the England Handball Association website by clicking here.

London 2012 Olympic Handball test event hailed as major success

The London Handball Cup, the official London 2012 Olympic test event, has been hailed as a major success by organisers, athletes and spectators alike after five days of competition culminated in a gold medal for Austria today.

Six women’s teams battled it out in the new Handball Arena in the Olympic Park in Stratford, with Austria defeating Poland 23-22 in a closely fought final.

Angola, who were unlucky not to claim a final place after losing 26-25 to Poland in the semi-final, took the bronze medal with a 29-24 win over China, while hosts Britain missed out on the semi-finals after losing to Austria in their final group match.

Over 10,000 tickets for the event were given out by London 2012 organisers to local schools, colleges and residents to create a fantastic atmosphere here.

The test event was used to test vital operations by London 2012 including testing of competition equipment, scoreboards, results, workforce and officials.

“It is great to see competitive action in the Handball Arena,” said London 2012 head of sport competition David Luckes.

“The test event has run very smoothly and the atmosphere generated by the local crowd has been electric.

“Not only have we been able to test our operations, this has also been a great chance to showcase handball to a wider audience.

“We have been testing our scoring systems and timing technology as well as our workforce.

“The ability to integrate within a team to deliver a competitive event has been an invaluable experience for our staff and volunteers and will stand us in good stead for next summer.”

Peter Sichelschmidt, a senior member of the International Handball Federation (IHF) Competition and Organising Commission, was also full of praise for the competition.

“We are delighted with the event,” he said

“It has been well organised with a fantastic atmosphere.

“There have been no major issues, just a few small things, but that is why we have a test event.

“It was vital to run this event prior to the Olympic Games next year, and with the knowledge we will take from this event, I am confident that Handball will be a real success at London 2012.”

But the biggest praise came from Herbert Müller, the coach of the winning Austrian team.

“It was a great honour to play at this tournament and I really like the Olympic Handball Arena, especially the multi-coloured seats,” he said.

“The organisation was perfect and the whole Austrian team really enjoyed it.”

The Handball Arena was the third Olympic Park venue to be completed in May 2011 and will seat up to 6,500 spectators at Games time.

After the Games, capacity will be increased to accommodate up to 7,500 spectators as it becomes a multiuse venue for community use, athletic training and events.

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Key Stage 3 Handball Teaching Resource Packs Launched

England Handball Association has developed a new teaching resource to support delivery of Handball in the curriculum at key stage 3. The resource is a set of structured and progressive session plans which can be delivered over six weeks within the PE curriculum.  The resource has been developed with the support of Sport England, Youth Sport trust and the European Handball Federation.

The sessions cover suggestions and exercises for ball familiarisation, phases of play, peer learning exercises and tips for organising intra and inter-school festivals.  The launch follows the publication last year of a similar resource for Key stage 2 teaching and significant investment in Handball through the Change4Life Sports Clubs.

The three separate resource packs cover year seven, year eight and year nine and are available to purchase as a set of three (£10) or in single packs (£5 each). For further information and to purchase please contact Liam McCarthy –



Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent today joined athletes from every one of the 47 Olympic and Paralympic sports, as they featured in an iconic photo to celebrate how National Lottery funding has transformed sport, boosted our medal chances and helped to make the London 2012 Games possible.

Athletes hoping to compete on home soil next year came together with one of Britain’s greatest ever Olympians to recreate a school photo to represent The National Lottery’s ‘Class of 2012’.

Most athletes present will have benefited from National Lottery funding directly, whilst athletes from sports such as tennis, football and goalball appeared on behalf of the Lottery investment into their sports at a grassroots level, transforming community sport and enabling facilities to be created.

Since Lottery funding began in 1994, 438 Olympic and Paralympic medals have been won by GB and Northern Ireland athletes.

The National Lottery is also investing £2.2 billion in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Lottery players are enabling 1,200 elite athletes to train to the highest of international standards.

Headmaster Sir Matthew Pinsent today welcomed the athletes and passed on inspirational words to them at iconic City of London School, boasting a historic school hall where the class photo was created.

The rowing legend said, “I am honoured to be able to celebrate The National Lottery’s investment with these talented athletes who are hoping to take centre stage next year. Beijing 2008 was our most successful Olympics ever and I am backing our current hopefuls to do even better in London. The Lottery really has been the catalyst for the change in British sporting success. Lottery funding has made a tremendous impact at all levels of sport, transforming parks and sporting facilities and allowing local clubs to prosper across the UK.”

Team GB will field men’s and women’s football sides for the first time since 1972 and selection for the team is much coveted by potential players.

Arsenal and England player Kieran Gibbs said, “To represent Team GB in the football competition next year would be a highlight of my career. I am fortunate to be at an age that means I could be selected.

“I would take a lot of pride in pulling on the British vest and leading the GB team to success next year. It’s with thanks to National Lottery funding that football at a grassroots level in this country is thriving and it’s been fantastic to celebrate that investment here today.”

Modern Pentathlete Freyja Prentice has already attained the 2012 Olympic qualifying standard by finishing eighth at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in July this year and is hoping to be confirmed for Team GB next year.

The Scottish athlete said, “Thanks to Lottery players, we are getting ready for the biggest exams of our sporting careers. It was fantastic to learn first-hand from Sir Matthew Pinsent about his Olympic experiences; we’ve had an inspirational lesson here today.”

Triple World champion and Paralympic and Commonwealth archery champion Danielle Brown will look to defend her Paralympic title if selected for ParalympicsGB and said, “I would like Lottery players to realise how their money has turned our sporting ambitions to reality. All my ‘classmates’ here today are determined to make Lottery players proud of the Class of 2012.”

National Lottery players have raised £27 billion for Good Causes since the Lottery started in 1994. Over £6 billion of this has been invested in sport.

For further information on National Lottery funding visit

Names (bottom to top, left to right)

Row 1 (bottom):

Adam Alderman (Paralympic powerlifting), Rebecca Downie (artistic gymnastics), Terry Bywater (Paralympic wheelchair basketball), Xander Alari-Williams (swimming), Laurence Halsted (fencing), Ben Quilter (Paralympic judo), Mark Nesbitt (archery), Will Bayley (Paralympic table tennis), Zoe Smith (weightlifting)

Row 2:

Ned (guide dog), David Clarke (Paralympic 5-a-side football), Aaron Phipps (Paralympic wheelchair rugby), Matthew Skelhon (Paralympic shooting), David Sandles (Paralympic sailing), Elena Baltacha (tennis), Sir Matthew Pinsent (Headmaster), Kieran Gibbs (football), Danielle Brown (Paralympic archery), Andrew Lapthorne (Paralympic wheelchair tennis), Natasha Baker (Paralympic equestrian), David Smith (Paralympic boccia)

Row 3:

Kieran Gibbs (football), Mimi Cesar (rhythmic gymnastics), Liz Johnson (Paralympic swimming), Craig McCann (Paralympic wheelchair fencing), David Fletcher (cycling), Anton Raimondo (Paralympic sitting volleyball), Gabby White (badminton), Matt Howe (volleyball), Dan Greaves Paralympic athletics), Helen Richardson (hockey), Colin Oakes (judo)

Row 4:

Leon Rattigan (wrestling), Tina Cook (equestrian), Simon Goodall (Paralympic goalball), Vicky Holland (triathlon), Martin Sinclair (Paralympic 7-a-side football), Jess Walker (canoeing), Marlon Devonish (athletics – track), Caroline O’Connor (rowing), Joanna Parker (table tennis), Lucy Boulton (beach volleyball), Dave Smith (rowing)

Row 5 (top):

Michael Harvey (taekwondo), Freyja Prentice (modern pentathlon), David Stone (Paralympic rowing), Anthony Joshua (boxing), Sarah McKay (basketball), Chris Tomlinson (athletics – field), Peter Wilson (shooting), Stephen Milne (sailing), Laura Bechtoltsheimer (equestrian), Ciaran Williams (handball)

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