Doncaster Rovers are launching a new team in a sport that is set
to be a phenomenon at the London Olympics this summer.
In conjunction with G7 Sports and Community Coaching, Rovers are
launching a Handball team to mark their involvement in a string of
other sports separate to Football.
Handball is usually played by two seven-a-side teams and has a
very similar concept to football, except that hands are used to
pass the ball and the goals are much smaller.
Liam Scully, head of community for the Doncaster Rovers
Community Foundation said: "It's a very exciting time for the
Community Foundation as we venture into different sports other than
"The decision to create a handball team came after holding a
number of taster sessions across a variety of different sports with
our youth footballers and young people who are enrolled on the
club's education courses. Handball was by far the most popular
Graeme Severn, owner of G7 Sports and Community Coaching, is a
qualified handball coach, he said: "The aim of the new club for
over 16s is to put a strong emphasis on team sport participation
"We aim to eventually start playing friendly fixtures against
some of the local university and college teams and other handball
clubs already set up in the UK, with the possibility of entering a
team into the national league in the near future."
Another advantage of the new club will be to hold coaching
courses in handball at the Keepmoat Stadium - providing local
people with the opportunity to gain a coaching qualification in an
up and coming sport.
The new club has the full backing of the National Governing Body
of Handball (England Handball) and South Yorkshire Sport.
England Handball say they are proud to announce an agreement
with Doncaster Rovers to introduce a new handball club and
delighted to add the club to their list of established professional
sports clubs within the country;
"This will see South Yorkshire become an emerging area for
Handball. The development of coaches is critical to this and we are
delighted to be working with the community team and Graeme Severn
to support on-going coach education and to develop a long term
sustained interest in handball."
Graeme added: "After meeting the Community Foundation team and
identifying this as a potential partnership between both of our
organizations, I felt it was an opportunity not to be missed.
"Everything else has been seamless and has just fitted into
place. I am really excited about establishing this handball club
and using the fantastic name and image Doncaster Rovers has to make
this a fantastic project for years to come for people all across