26th October 2022
Fans of handball in England can now watch live top-flight league matches online after the first broadcast deal of its kind was agreed.
England Handball Association has announced the launch of a new Live Streaming partnership, which will see a selection of weekend games from the Men’s and Women’s Premier Leagues shown throughout the 22/23 season – complete with expert commentary.
Two games from the Premier leagues – one men’s and one women’s fixture – will be live streamed each month with access available through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Alongside the new service, EHA has also launched a new hour-long show called Handball Hits – Monthly Wrap, discussing the games and talking points of the previous weeks.
The show will be hosted by Live Sport Now’s Ian Waterhouse, Jack Oliphant and guests – and include features such as the top five goals, plays and saves.
The Handball Hits show will be aired once a month with the first edition set to be broadcast on October 29th at 7pm.
John Pearce, National Competitions and Events Manager at England Handball, said: “We’re delighted to launch a new Live Streaming service, which is free for anyone to access and will see some of this country’s top league matches made available to the masses.
“As well as being a great facility for teams up and down the country to keep an eye on the competition – not to mention for young handballers learning the game, it’s fantastic news for fans who will be able to watch our sport from the comfort of their own home. We’re committed to growing the game in this country and this is one of the ways we can achieve that.
“We’re also thrilled to launch Handball Hits, which we see as something of a monthly Match of the Day. It will bring that extra level of analysis and interest to the sport, and is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time.”
The streaming service, which includes a half-time show and end-of-game wrap up, started during the first round of matches in October, with coverage of the Men’s and Women’s West London Eagles vs London GD matches.
It will now continue throughout the season, featuring games from the Men’s Premier North or South divisions, and one from the Women’s Premier North or South divisions.
Ian Waterhouse, from media company Live Sport Now, said: “This exciting deal will allow so many more people to watch this incredibly exciting, fast-growing sport.
“We know there’s significant demand for this service from handball enthusiasts right across the country – and we hope it will inspire stars of the future.”
The next live matches will be shown on November 20 - with the Birmingham vs Nottingham fixture in both the Men's and Women's Premier League North first up.
Handball Hits will launch at the end of October.
All programmes will be streamed on EHA’s social media channels with reminders and details shared in advance. Make sure you follow all of EHA social media channels for more information and details.