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England Handball

Contact Name
Chris McDermott
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01925 246482

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What is Handball?

Handball is a team sport that requires you to score by throwing a ball into a goal.

Handball is a dynamic, popular and exciting sport that requires athleticism, strength and stamina, great fitness and most of all, team work.

Handball comes in a variety of guises from the Field (Outdoor) Handball, to the now popular Olympic (Indoor) Handball played on a 40m x 20m court to the now recently introduced Beach (Sand) Handball played on the sands of a beach.


  • Increases strength and stamina
  • Provides an excellent cardiovascular workout
  • Social benefits of being part of a team


Depending on the club and coach, sessions can cost around £5.00 but a 'taster' session may be free.


Handball is a challenging sport that requires very little equipment and is easy to pick up. In the United Kingdom, there are around 75 clubs based largely in schools, colleges, universities and sports centres.


The club you attend or your coach will be able to tell you, but normal sportswear and non-marking trainers should be fine


  • The modern game of handball was first played towards the end of the 19th century in Scandinavia and Germany.
  • The first written set of rules was published by Dane Holger Nielsen in 1906.

Local Programmes

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

National Programmes

Try Handball

Do you want to get active? Why not try something new, why not ‘Try Handball’. Try Handball is a great way to get active when and where you want to.


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  • Leicestershire County Council
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  • Age UK L&R
  • Blaby District Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • County Sport Network
    British Heart Foundation
  • East Midlands Platform
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Leicester City Council
    Loughborough University
  • Safeguarding
    Sport England
  • Harborough District Council
    Rutland County Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council