4th May 2020
England Handball has confirmed, following consultation with clubs, that the 2019-20 season has been voided due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although the season was close to completion England Handball took the decision because of the uncertainty as to when sport can start up again. The organisation didn’t want clubs and members to be left hanging on to see if the campaign could be concluded. Therefore, it was felt best to cancel the season and look forward to hopefully getting underway in time for the 2020-21 season. The decision means that there will be no promotion or relegation for this season. However, clubs who had mathematically won their leagues when handball activity was halted will be confirmed as winners of their respective leagues.The organisation also confirmed that, following a survey of clubs regarding the format of competition, the Premier Handball League will remain unchanged. Next season will see an eight-team Men’s competition, and a six-team Women’s competition.
England Handball CEO Mike Bain said: “Bringing a season to an end before it’s natural conclusion brings us no satisfaction. However, in the circumstances we felt it was the responsible thing to do and allows us a clean slate to plan for an exciting 2O2O/21 season.”
England Handball would like to thank all the clubs and their members for the hard work they put into the 2019-20 season. These dedicated volunteers are the lifeblood of the sport.