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)

London Prepares “London Handball Cup”

On Wednesday 23rd November the first ever sporting event to take place in the brand new Handball Arena on the Olympic Park will begin as part of “London Prepares series.”  London Prepares is the official London 2012 sports testing programme and the  “London Handball Cup” is being organised to test key aspects of operations from competition equipment and scoreboards, to workforce and officiating, in preparation  for the Olympic Games.

Great Britain will be pitted against a world class line-up as part of the team’s preparations for the Olympic Games.  Angola, Austria, China, Great Britain, Poland and Slovakia will compete in the London Handball Cup ahead of the Olympic Games qualifying tournaments.

Nationwide, Handball has become one of the fastest growing sports in schools thanks to the new opportunities created as part of the sports participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the support given to it through the Change4Life Sports Club programme which is administered by the Youth Sport Trust.

In London Handball is developing well  thanks to support from Pro-active London Sports Partnerships and London borough sports development teams.

To celebrate the “London Handball Cup” and to help make Handball accessible to all school children, young people and adults in London the LHA are offering an “Introduction to Handball course” which can be tailored in delivery for players, teachers and coach’s.

The course is being offered at a cost of £25 per course for a limited period.  To book your course and try out this Olympic sport in your school, club or leisure setting please complete and send the booking form at the bottom of the Programmes page of this website.

To find out more about the London Handball Cup and how the Great Britain women’s team progress please visit


Entries to National Schools Cup Open

Entries to the England Handball Association (EHA) National Schools Cup competitions are now open.  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.

Last year Handball teams from London schools enjoyed unprecedented success in the U13 National Schools Championships.

Harris Boy’s Academy, East Dulwich and Woolwich Polytechnic School, Greenwich played each other in the national finals and extra time had to be played in the final match between the London teams to find the winners.

In the end Harris Academy won 9-7 and the team was congratulated by Mike Briers Chairman of England Handball Association on their outstanding achievement and also for the style in which they played.

To enter this year’s competition please 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.

Historical success in Europe for London G.D.

London G.D. have become the first men’s British Handball team to win through the first round of the European Handball Federations (EHF) Challenge Cup and qualify for round three and the knock-out stages of the competition.

London G.D. faced competition in the form of London rivals Ruislip Eagles H.C., Maltese team Aloysians ProMinent and Irish team Dublin International in the round robin tournament held in Malta.  London G.D. were pushed hardest by Ruislip Eagles eventually winning 30-29 before recording wins against Aloysians ProMinent 29-24 and Dublin International 31-26.

The team has been training hard over the summer months and new players have integrated well with an already strong line-up. Coach Phillipe Seray was pleased with the effort of his team. “I am very happy with the team work and professional attitude of our players. Bearing in mind that these are the first competition matches of the season, we have done extremely well.”

London G.D. will now travel to play Greek side A.C. Doukas Athens in late November. A.C. Doukas Athens are a professional team and will be extremely difficult opponents in the two matches that form the next round of the competition.

Coach Phillippe Seray said “Even if we did very well this weekend, there is still room for improvement. We have to keep focusing and train very hard over the next two months and do the best we possibly can when it comes down to it.”

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