10th January 2023
Hundreds of schools are once again preparing to compete for the England Handball National Schools trophy - with this year’s tournament set to be one of the biggest yet.
Local and County rounds have already begun and will go on until March, with thousands of budding handballers and 500 teams from different schools having entered the 2022/23 competition.
The age groups for the highly-anticipated tournament are under 13 and under 15, meaning pupils from years seven to 10 can take part.
Stacey Andrews, National Club Development Manager, said: “It was brilliant once again to see such an overwhelming response from schools across the country to this year’s England Handball National Schools Competition.
“Handball’s popularity is still surging in schools and it’s easy to see why – it’s one of the most exciting, fastest growing sports the world has to offer.
“We can’t wait to see what happens at this year’s tournament– and would like to wish the best of luck to every school taking part.”
The tournament is open to all schools in England, with applications having been made in the autumn.
The County rounds will run until March and are being hosted by local schools.
The top 40 teams will then progress to the regional finals, set to take place in April and May, hosted by England Handball over a single day for each region.
Regional winners will then progress through to National Finals in June – the showpiece event in the English handball calendar.
The event at Nottingham University’s Sir David Ross Sports Centre will see finals played out in all of England Handball’s age bracket tournaments - up to and including the Men’s and Women’s National Cup.