You can read the 2011 Chairman’s (James Toop) report below, and you can download the full newsletter here:2011 Jan Newsletter
England Handball Report
2010 has been another busy year for England Handball, and I can report that we have had some big breakthroughs both at home and abroad:
Number 1 in Europe
The adult team firmly cemented their position as the Number 1 team in Europe. Not only is this a fantastic achievement, but it is crucial for bringing increased recognition and sponsorship (such as kit from Ektelon) to the sport, as well as creating a platform to which young players can aspire. Well done to captains Ady Lee and Kerry White.
The first wave of schools in London has started to put up courts. They represent a diverse mix of new Academies – Globe Academy (Elephant & Castle), Burlington Danes (White City), St Paul’s (Greenwich) – along with traditional secondaries (such as Oaklands in Bethnal Green) and traditional Fives hubs (Merchant Taylors and Berkhamsted).
Youth Programme and Handball In A Box
1-Wall forms the heart of the Fives outreach programme at Westway and this year, with support from the John Lyons Trust and the sterling efforts of Pete Cohen, we have made major inroads into the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. The first Handball In A Box starter packs have also been sold and are available for £40.
Challenges for the Year Ahead
We enter 2011 with a wide range of opportunities. Congratulations to everyone involved. The sport is at a tipping point and we need to ensure we have the funding and expertise in the right areas to take advantage of this. This will involve court-building expertise, coaching and training qualifications and fund-raising. If anyone would like to get involved, please visit our website www.englandhandball.co.uk.