After months of waiting, British Handball were finally told on Thursday that they will be given £1.448 million by UK Sport to prepare for the 2012 Olympics.
That figure covers funding from 2009-2013, and represents a cut of about two-thirds on their previous award of £2.9 million for the previous three years.
Not content to sit and wait for a funding decision, British Handball have secured placements at clubs in Germany and Norway for many of their players. However, they still need a significant amount of funding to pay coaches and staff, as well as the regular GB training camps that help make the squad competitive.
The British Handball board will meet in London on Friday to discuss UK Sport’s funding decision, and will make announcements about the impact on the Performance Programme in due course.
FRANK UIJLENBROEK WORLDSPORTPICS