Welcome to Newquay Handball Club

Inspired by the success of Handball at the London Olympics, Newquay Handball Club formed in October 2012 as the first ever Handball team in Cornwall. Fortunately this coincided with Handball genius Jurgen Koenen moving to the county, he has coached a bunch of enthusiastic beginners who didn't even have a decent grasp of the rules, into Handball matchplayers.

New players are always welcome, no experience is necessary as Jurgen has coached from beginner to professional level handball. We are open to men and women age 16 plus.

Training sessions are based around fitness, energy, fun, and of course Handball tutoring. Come and give the game a try!

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Match report: Newquay 30 – 39 Bath

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Newquay were looking to avenge their controversial 19-18 defeat inflicted in the season opener. However Bath had other ideas, bringing to Cornwall a highly physical and experienced squad. The best team NHC have faced to date.

In only their 5th competitive game, Newquay once again showed they are a rapidly developing team. The hours spent on the training field, the passion, and the determination all shone through as they battled admirably against the reigning champions.

Bath were quick to take a 4-1 lead, but the first half was a close affair as Newquay star David Santos fired shots in from 9 metres plus, and Jürgen Koenen weaved his way through Bath’s rear guard. Ben Haddrel and Lee Springett also threatened from the wings. At the back, Tristan Mullar-Forster was a force to be reckoned with, as always commanding the Newquay back line.

Unavailable in the first encounter, Newquay were able to field Romanian Handball rockstar, Adolf Botar. Although only half fit, he helped Newquay into the half time break only three goals down; 15-12 and all to play for.

Bath made some changes for the second half, calling on some of the big guns from their ample bench. With the new personnel and talented centre players, Bath took advantage of Newquay’s waining focus in the early part of the second period. At these times the goalkeeper is crucial, and NHC’s Geoff Muskett stepped up and kept them in the game, keeping Bath’s lead down to 10.

A timeout, and pep talk from the coach, and Newquay were back in the game. Unable to claw back into a winning position, but with a standout performance and goals galore from Circle player Kevin Welsh, Newquay kept in touch.

The dying moments saw a goal worthy of the spectacle.With 5 seconds remaining, a pinpoint long pass from Muskett found Percy-Hughes approaching the goal at break-neck speed. Percy-Hughes caught and dispatched a finish with the expertise of a player from any of the top teams in the country.

Overall an excellent performance from Cornwall’s first Handball team, a day to be proud of and another step in the development of this young club.

Bodmin Satellite Club

NHC, as the flagship team in the county, are pleased to announce a new satellite club for players age 14-25. Training runs from 5 – 6.30pm on Thursdays at Bodmin College. Sessions are run by Newquay’s head coach, who has turned a group of complete beginners into a team capable of challenging the best. With a little dedication, this is what can be achieved in a short period of time. Good times aplenty.

If you are interested in joining Newquay’s senior training or the satellite club, visit newquayhandballclub.co.uk for information or email geoffmuskett@googlemail.com.



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Saturday 18th January 2014. A landmark in the development of Handball in Cornwall, as Newquay record their first victory in the South & West Development league.

Newquay Handball Club 24 – 13 Cardiff Handball Club

NHC have progressed a long way in a short space of time. In little over a year they have gone from zero to competing with, and now beating, experienced teams. To win by more than ten goals is a significant margin, something that NHC and their supporters could not have anticipated going into their first season.

Newquay have leapt a giant hurdle. Now, they can believe. Now, they can challenge any team. NHC are no longer in the business of making up the numbers. 

From throw-off Newquay came out of the blocks fast, bringing the game to Cardiff and immediately taking charge. Training ground practise was clearly paying off, with space created for Circle Player Kevin Welsh, Centre Jürgen Koenen, and Right Back Adolf Botar. Newquay’s Portuguese star David Santos fired in goal after goal from 9 metres plus, and with Lee Springett benefitting from Eddie Percy-Hughes’ fast breaks, Newquay went into half time 15-8 up.

The second half was a low scoring affair, with Newquay seemingly tightening up infront of goal. Injury to Botar, and Koenen jaded with illness, didn’t help matters. NHC managed just one goal in the first 13 minutes of the second half. These are times when defence is crucial, and Newquay’s was first class. Committed, aggressive and organised, keeping their lead in tact.

In the latter stages of the second period Cardiff had to chase the game, taking risks and leaving gaps for Newquay to exploit. And exploit the did, debutant Jon Hyatt checked in with a brace, Santos continued his assault on the Cardiff goal, and Botar came back on dually adding to Newquay’s lead.

Newquay were also able to blood another promising young player, Ben Haddrell, who excelled defensively and threatened the Cardiff back line. With Newquay’s new players performing so well, and the influential Tristan Mullar-Forster to come back in, the squad is looking very strong indeed.

The next challenge for NHC comes from Bath, the return fixture of the spectacular season opener. Newquay are a much improved team since the first encounter, which couldn’t have been closer, ending 19-18 in favour of the Somersetians. Saturday 1st February, 2pm. Save the date, it’s going to be explosive.

Newquay vs Cardiff, Jan 18th 3pm Bodmin Dragon Centre

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Newquay’s pursuit of their first victory continues in 2014 with the visit of Cardiff on January 18th. A must win game for both teams as they languish at the foot of the table, which is a deceiving summary of the season so for Newquay.

The luck (or lack-of) the draw meant that this new team has played last seasons league champions, the runners up, and this years favourites, in the opening three games. This baptism of fire for Newquay has only served to make the team stronger, and increase the appetite for positive results.

Having shown strength, togetherness and skill against strong opponents, NHC are encouraged by the progress made in a short period of time. Taking the league champions to within seconds of victory, and gaining great comments from opposing coaches, add up to a team on the rise. There is great positivity in the camp leading into the upcoming Cardiff showdown.

Training sessions over the Christmas period have been committed, and progressively high in quality – showing that Newquay are an ever improving side and ready for the challenges of 2014.

As always spectators are very welcome to The Dragon Centre in Bodmin for the Cardiff game, so come and support Cornwall’s no.1 Handball team. End to end action is guaranteed! Throw off at 3.30pm January 18th, please arrive from 3pm.

NEW satellite club to start January 9th in Bodmin

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We’re pleased to announce a big step in the evolution of Newquay Handball Club in this new year; the launch of our Bodmin satellite club. Sessions begin on Thursday the 9th January from 5pm until 6.30 at Bodmin College sports hall. Just £3 per session, open to anyone over the age of 14 – and ideally, but not exclusively – under 25.

This club will act as a feeder for the first team, somewhere to introduce and develop new and young Handball players. With our experienced coach, and a first team in competitive leagues, there’s a real opportunity for Handball to thrive in Cornwall.

Satellite club sessions are aimed at beginners, no knowledge of the sport is necessary, just enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Basic technical and tactical aspects of the game will be introduced together with a whole lot of fun!

The satellite club is a fusion of efforts from Newquay Handball Club, Cornwall Sports Partnership, Sport England and Bodmin College.

So come along, try a new sport and be on the forefront of a new Cornish sporting frontier! Boooom!


Xmas training dates

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Christmas is no reason to stop training! Here’s our confirmed schedule…

22 December 3-5pm (1 court)

29th December 3-5pm (1 court)

Then every thursday is booked from 2nd January – 10th April inclusive. 8pm-9.30pm.

Home game schedule:

18 January 3-5pm (2 courts)

1 February 3-5pm (2 courts)

22 March 3-5pm (2 courts)

23 March 2-4pm (2 courts)

For a full schedule, check this out.

Newquay 14 – Oxford 41

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NHC knew it was going to be the toughest game they would be experiencing to date, up against the current league leaders and they we’re not wrong! Oxford arrived with a team full of experienced players and didnt hold back one bit. The game started with a quick procession of goals, taking the away team to 7-1 up. NHC team took advantage of a well needed time out break whereby some encouragement from the team coach, Jurgen Koenen helped to regain some balance in the scoresheet as they came back to within a 2 goals difference

NHC continued to put up a strong defence against top class players, with great resistance and reactive work by Tristan Muller-Forster, Paul Beasley and Adolf Botar. Some injuries from the previous match against Bristol were taking their toll on key players such as David Santos and Jurgen so the run of goals for the home team lapsed towards the end of the first half, leaving the score at 17-9 as the klaxon went.

A slightly deflated NHC team knew they we’re in for the long haul in the second half, against opponents who we’re playing on top form. Unfortunately some careless passing and gaps in defence allowed the away team to continue their onslaught of goals as the gap in the score increased. NHC did not give up fighting though, and continued to disrupt Oxford’s game play as much as possible and returned with some well deserved goals, with thanks to Kevin Welsh, David Santos and Adolf Botar.

The game ended at 14-41 with full credit going to the Oxford team. Although NHC team we’re disappointed with the end result, they kept their heads held high and acknowledged the fact they we’re out played on the day. Inspiration was taken away on how good a team can become, and is something NHC will inspire to be in a few years time. Undoubtedly, this was and will be their hardest game of the season, so NHC will be spending the next few months working on areas which need improving to they are ready to push for a win during their next game against Cardiff, which they are hosting in Bodmin on 18th January.

It was nice to end the match with some positive feedback from Oxford’s team coach, who said ” It was a good match. You guys achieved a lot in one year. Keep training and you will go somewhere.

Report by Eddie Percy-Hughes

Newquay Handball Club vs Oxford 24th Nov 1.30pm

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This Sunday sees NHC welcome league leaders Oxford to the Dragon Centre.

As the early pace-setters in the South & West league, Oxford will certainly go into the game as favourites against the fledgling Newquay team. The task made all the more difficult with late fitness tests for players injured in the bruising Bristol encounter.

Building on the above expectation performances from the first two competitive games, Newquay are prepared, and focussed on upsetting the form book.

Spectators are welcome from 1pm, throw off is around 1.30pm at The Dragon Centre in Bodmin.

Newquay 17 – Bristol 27 match report

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South West Handball saw the newest team, Newquay Handball Club, continue their league adventure by playing hosts to one of the founder members, Bristol. A score line of 27-17 in favour of the visitors, whilst not a massive defeat, does not tell a true story of what proved to be a bruising encounter.

High expectations

High spirited Newquay were boosted by the presence of David Santos and Adolf Botat, both quality additions to the squad that performed so admirably against Bath three weeks previous.

Bristol took the advantage in the easily stages, converting their chances while Newquay were narrowly off target on a few occasions. A five goal gap soon opened up.

With some tactical adjustments from coach Koenen, Newquay got themselves back in the game. Some magnificent finishing from Portuguese star Santos coupled with some strong and organised defending from Muller-Forster, Koenen and Botat, kept Newquay within touching distance of the experienced Bristol outfit.

Second half – all to play for

With Newquay still only 5 goals down entering the second half, Bristol – having expected to steam-roller Newquay – came out fighting. They looked to take the game by the scruff of the neck and silence the home fans. Newquay had other ideas. More goals from Santos and Koenen, quality finishes from Kevin Welsh, and lightning fast breaks from Eddie Percy-Hughes, meant Newquay were still in contention coming into the final 10 minutes.

Injuries and suspensions

A gruelling game was now taking it’s toll as Newquay were picking up battle injuries. Koenen suffered and arm injury, and Santos hobbled off clutching a knee. Add to this duel suspensions, and the doors opened for Bristol to take charge of the game. With depleated Newquay now chasing the game, Bristol were able to increase the deficit, much to the frustration of Newquay players.

A team in it’s infancy

A disappointing result, however much can be learned from the encounter, and taken into following games. Newquay, as a team building for a long term future, will only be stronger the more the season goes on. Players will gel, and the team gains more experience with every game.

On the 24th November, 1.30pm throw off, Newquay are at home to Oxford, the current league leaders. It is sure to be another tough test but Newquay are a team on a mission, hungry for game time and looking for that first league victory.