Have a go at handball

Calling all sports enthusiasts! Handball taster sessions are being served up in Notts – and what better time to try a new sport than the year of the London 2012 Olympics?

Handball is an indoor team sport that can be described as combining all the best elements of Basketball, Football and Water Polo, with a little bit of rugby thrown in.

Handball is a fast paced and exciting Olympic sport and Nottinghamshire now boasts two public sessions in Gedling and Newark. The mixed sessions are open to complete beginners and people who have tried the sport already.

Both sessions run on a weekly basis and are lead by qualified England Handball Coaches.

The profile of handball is quite big in Nottingham as the University of Nottingham has a team that plays in the National League, but this is the first time that Nottinghamshire County Council has been involved in promoting Handball as a specific project.

The Newark sessions start on Friday 20th January at Magnus School Sports Hall: 6-7pm: Junior session (11-15yrs) £2 per week; 7-8pm: Adults sessions (16+) £3 per week

For more information or to reserve a space please contact Matt Bloor, Sports Development Officer, at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 977 22 68 or matthew.bloor@nottscc.gov.uk

Matt said: “It is a great time to launch these sessions in Olympics and Paralympics year. The aim is to form the sessions into community sports clubs and eventually, we hope to have a regional league, but obviously its early days and we are hoping there is good interest across Notts in these sessions.”

The Gedling session runs every Thursday from 8-9pm at Gedling Sports Centre (NG4 4HX). This session is for adults 16+ and for more details contact Colin Wills at the University of Nottingham, on 0115 961 9458 or email colin.wills@nottingham.ac.uk

The Handball sessions in Newark have been set up in partnership with England Handball, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

The sessions in Gedling were set up by Colin Wills (the University of Nottingham) and Gedling Borough Council and marketing support is being provided by Nottinghamshire County Council.