The British Handball Association’s Board met on Saturday to discuss the uncertainty over funding in the sport, following Wednesday’s UK Sport announcement that the decision on how much funding handball will receive over the next four years has been deferred until January 29th.
Buoyed by the promise from Sue Campbell, UK Sport chairperson, that the organisation ‘will do everything they can’ and ‘will not to give up on anybody’, coupled with the unfailing determination and commitment of the athletes, the Board vowed to leave no stone unturned in securing the necessary funding to ensure that British handball teams participate in the 2012 Olympics in Britain.
British Handball’s CEO Paul Goodwin said: “During the coming weeks we will be engaging with key partners, UK Sport, the BOA, The International and European Handball Federations along with existing and potential sponsors.
“Whilst early offers of help have already been received from Denmark and Germany, the Board do not underestimate the challenge that lies ahead.”
The Board will also be working with the Home Nation handball associations and their funding partners to ensure that every opportunity is exploited in order to support the British 2012 objectives and to create a lasting legacy for handball in Britain.
During December, the Board will be presenting UK Sport with a ‘least cost’ proposal to ensure that the athletes’ dreams can be kept alive and to ensure that London does not become the first host nation not to enter men’s and women’s handball teams in the Olympic Games since 1972.
These plans will involve difficult decisions and sacrifices to be made by the athletes, staff and coaches alike, but the Board are confident that everyone will rise to the challenge and Handball will take its rightful place at the games.