WITH just three years to go until the start of the London Olympic Games, efforts to make handball the legacy sport of the 2012 games appears to be bearing fruit already.
After a superb response from schools across the country, more than 1,200 children are to attend the Great Britain v Finland women’s international match in Liverpool on September 26.
While the games are being staged in London, the impact of the Olympics stretches far and wide across Britain.
A Handball Development Officer has just been appointed in Liverpool to increase the popularity of the sport in an area already strong in handball.
But enquiries are coming in from all areas as people discover just how much fun handball can be.
Handball demonstration events are becoming more frequent across the country, with events being planned this week for Chiswick and Lambeth.
And new clubs are springing up across the country, with Great Yarmouth the latest town to catch the handball bug and set up a club (www.gyhc.co.uk).
Several Great Britain players are mentoring youngsters at British clubs to help inspire and develop the next generation of GB internationals.
Paul Goodwin, Chief Executive of the British Handball Association, said: “Handball is well placed to deliver the greatest growth of any of the Olympic sports as we head towards 2012. There is a real appetite from Education and Sports professionals to add handball to the range of sports they deliver.”
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