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Handball - 15. October 2008.

GB Handball gets support from Renault


BRITISH Handball’s preparations for the London 2012 Olympics received a boost this week with the news that Renault Manchester are to support the Women’s team during the Four Nations International Tournament this week.


The event in Sheffield from October 16-18 will mean many team officials and volunteers travelling long distances at different times of the day - and Renault stepped in to help by offering the use of a Renault Espace for the duration of the competition.


The Tournament will see Great Britain taking on Latvia, Turkey Under-21s and the Faroe Islands at the English Institute of Sport, and is being staged with help from volunteers from across the country.


Event manager Sue Whitehead said: “We are very grateful to Renault Manchester for the help they’re giving us. Logistically we have a lot of people to bring together from different locations, and the vehicle Renault have provided will make life a lot easier.”


With just under four years until the London 2012 Olympics, preparations are already well under way and the Women’s Four Nations Tournament will play a vital role in the build-up as the team gains experience of playing against opponents from all over the world.


While some members of the squad play for teams across Europe, many live and train together at the GB Academy in Aarhus, Denmark, where they receive expert coaching in a country where handball is just as popular as football.


“At Renault Manchester we are always on the lookout to help local sporting teams and other organisations in whatever way we can,” said General Manager Jim Schofield. “So when the handball team needed a car to get them to the tournament, we knew the Renault Espace would be perfect.”


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