"It was one of the surprise attractions at the London 2012 Olympics, the sport of
handball. Very few people had seen it on such a big scale before, particular in this country. " With these words Ross Ellis from the BBC Cornwall Sports Desk introduced his guests Jamie Tresidder, Handball Coach and Jürgen Koenen, very
experience German Handball coach, two weeks ago, to present the efforts to set up handball in Cornwall.
So what is Handball?
is a very fast, all action, virtually non-stop, spectacular game played
competitively indoors. Rival teams of 7 players play on a 40x20 metre
'field'. Outfield players are not allowed to set foot inside the
keepers' 6m semi-circle area - though they can jump inside but must
shoot or pass before they touch the ground.
In general, everyone attacks and everyone defends.
When in defence, players form up around the circle and try to keep the
offence away from the goal, this can get quite physical. The offense
plays the ball around fast looking to create an opening for a player
shoot and score. This might be a 60mph throw from a back player or a
tick shot from a winger.
Players jumping around the goal area, balls
flying here there and everywhere, players catching and throwing in one
movement... all this can happen in 1 minute! This is the fascination of
handball, never a dull moment.
Imagine all this plus the
incredible atmosphere in a 16000 sell-out indoor arena like the final of
the World Championships last month. Spain smashed a quality Denmark
side, in case you were wondering.
Handball in Cornwall?
is huge in Europe, for the last 10 years Olympic champions France have
been the best team in the World. London 2012 was the first ever major
tournament for an English team. It was an experience, and the guys did
us proud, but we want more! This is where you could come in...
With the support of the England
Handball Association, last October Cornwall's first ever Handball team
started up in Newquay. This coincided with the arrival of Jürgen Koenen
to Cornwall. Jürgen has played at a higher level in Germany,
and has coached from beginner to professional level, he now brings his
expertise to Cornwall. Sessions are structured for fun, energy, fitness,
and of course Handball tutoring. Everyone is welcome to come along,
regardless of experience or even knowledge of the rules - they are easy
to pick up as you go along.
First session is free, so contact Jürgen at http://www.handball.juergenkoenen.co.uk @handballcoackUK, Jamie Tresidder @KernowHandball, or Geoff firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the Cornwall Handball group on Facebook http://on.fb.me/123BEbA