25th July 2016
The draw has been made for the men’s and women’s Challenge Cup, and EHF Cup, with interest for three English teams.
In the women’s Challenge Cup Olympia begin their campaign in round 3, where they will play LK Zug of Switzerland. The first leg takes place on the weekend of 12/13 November 2016, with the return the following weekend.
Olympia chair Diaraye Diallo said: “Olympia Handball is excited about the challenge. For our women’s team, this is a fourth qualification in as many years for a European competition (twice for the EHF Cup and twice for the Challenge Cup).
“To us, these events are an opportunity to further English handball. We are proud to build on this legacy. With LK Zug’s solid experience in the European competitions, we will have two tough games but ones we very much look forward to. “
Cambridge men also get their bid to win the Challenge Cup underway in the third round. They will take on Bulgaria’s Lokomotiv Varna. The first leg is on the weekend of 19/20 November 2016, with the second leg the weekend of 26/27 November 2016.
Cambridge chairman Carl Norman said: “Cambridge Handball Club are very excited by the prospect of meeting HC Lokomotiv Varna in what will be only our second-ever participation in the Challenge Cup. They are a class professional side, from a large city of 400,000 inhabitants on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, and we know they have at least 17 seasons of experience in European Cup competitions. We relish the prospect of facing them in the Autumn.”
London GD men are playing in the EHF Cup. Israeli side Maccabi Srugo Rishon Lezion are their first-round opponents. The first leg is on the weekend of the 3/4 September. The second leg takes place on the weekend of 10/11 September.