DONCASTER Rovers are getting to grips with a new sport after launching their own handball team.
Handball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and also looks set to be one of the most popular spectator sports at this summer’s London Olympics.
Rovers have teamed up with G7 Sports and Community Coaching to launch their own team - marking the club’s involvement in a string of other sports in addition to football.
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 football.
“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 choice.
“England Handball say they are proud to announce an agreement with Doncaster Rovers to introduce a new handball club and are delighted to add the club to their list of established professional sports clubs within the country,” he added.
“This will see South Yorkshire become an emerging area for handball.”
Rovers will host coaching courses in handball at the Keepmoat Stadium – offering local people the opportunity to gain a coaching qualification in the seven-a-side sport.
Graeme Severn, owner of G7 Sports and Community Coaching, is a qualified handball coach and will take a hands-on role in the development of Doncaster’s newest team.
He said: “The aim of the new club is to put a strong emphasis on team sport, participation and fitness.
“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.
“After meeting the Community Foundation team and identifying this as a potential partnership between both of our organisations 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 Doncaster.”
For more information about Doncaster Rovers’ handball team, which will be open to over 16s, email firstname.lastname@example.org.