With the odds stacked against them, and contrary to the advice of some experienced Handball officials, in 2013 Newquay Handball Club joined the national league structure; lining up against some of the big guns of South West Handball like Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Oxford and Cardiff. With the first season now under their belt, including some head-turning results, Newquay now embark on their biggest challenge to date: the UK’s #1 team, Salford, are coming to town.
Saturday the 14th June, 2pm throw off at The Dragon Centre in Bodmin is an occasion not to be missed. Salford will bring to Cornwall a wealth of British handball talent, including London 2012 Olympians, members of the current GB squad, under 21 internationals and the current GB coach.
For Handball in England, teams don’t come any bigger than Salford. Attracting such a team is testament to Newquay’s hard work over the past 18 months, not just on the field but off it too. Establishing a new sport in Cornwall is no mean feat, this match is recognition of NHC’s achievement, a stamp of approval, and a springboard for the future of Handball in Cornwall.
Spectators are very welcome, the suggested entry donation is just £1. Children under 16 are free, doors open from 1.30pm.
In addition to the grand spectacle, Newquay and Salford will be running free Handball workshops for under 16s. An incredible opportunity for young people in Cornwall to try the sport, meet Olympic athletes and be instructed by the national team coach! There will be competitions, prizes, and all sorts of Handball fun and games.
Workshops will be held from 1-4pm on Sunday 15th June at Cornwall’s Handball arena – Bodmin Dragon Centre. All are welcome from ages 12-16, parents can stay and watch if they wish, and whats more – workshops are free entry!