18th June 2018

Partnerships the secret to growth of handball in Trafford

International handball player Stan Beliński is creating opportunities for young people from Greater Manchester to play handball, and his work has yielded impressive results.

A Manchester resident for four years, Stan saw a demand for handball coaching from schools and local residents after handball was added to the PE curriculum. With help from England Handball’s Andy Clark, Stan started Trafford Handball Club with himself as its head coach. With over 20 years of experience in the sport including having played internationally and in the top European leagues, Stan is the perfect person to take charge of the new club.

The project went live in May, starting with organising training in sports halls and engaging with schools. Taster sessions were delivered on handball coaching, and the club helped set up after school clubs to grow the sport. Stan received great support from schools and the local council as well as from England Handball, and the club and its network of satellite clubs grew rapidly in just a few weeks.

Trafford Handball Club has increased the provision they are able to offer to schools across South Manchester, to develop satellite clubs linking school sport with community sport. Over 100 students are currently training regularly with the club, with many more expected to join over the coming weeks.

Currently, the club is running trial sessions and is inviting all students aged 8-18 to take part in Trafford Handball Club junior teams. All sessions are taking place at Sale High School, 6-8 pm on Fridays 22 and 29 of June.  Successful players will have the opportunity to train as a team, compete in regional and national England Handball leagues and attend international youth tournaments in Europe from September 2018 onwards.

Stan has ambitious plans for Trafford Handball Club including more partnerships that will increase the visibility of the sport within local communities and help support its growth.

For more information about Trafford Handball Club’s sessions please contact:  e: handballcoachinguk@gmail.com, m: 07526814490, t: @TraffordHb

[Pictured: Stan Beliński]

Posted in Youth Development, North West