Following on from the recent tournament in Kosovo, a GB Select men’s team will be playing Ireland in an exhibition game as part of the London GD International tournament at the Copper Box on 29th August, throwing off at 2.45pm. Former Olympians will be among the team that will take on the Irish, the first time that many have returned to the iconic venue since London 2012. There will also be a number of junior players who starred for the national side in the recent Emerging Nations tournament.
GB returned from the IHF Emerging Nations Cup in Kosovo in good spirits, winning five out of six matches. The games – their first competitive action in two years – saw the younger players given an opportunity, and they stepped up-to-the-mark with some great performances.
The plan is now to start up a new GB men’s programme that will allow the next generation of players to continue their development, as well as offering the active Olympians from 2012 a chance to stay involved.
We have already started the process of building the Women’s GB programme and they attended a training camp in Denmark earlier in the year. The players present were a mix of the 2012 Olympians and new players. This is continuing with matches planned for the next Women’s National team periods in November and March.
British Handball Chair Paul Bray said: “There are some very talented players in this country. As well as those who played in the Olympics, we have some great younger players coming through and the establishment of a new men’s and women’s programme will give them the chance to shine. Unfortunately, it will be an unfunded programme to begin with, but it will hopefully be the start of more regular activity to allow us to show what the players can do. We’ll need to run a selection process at the outset of this programme, but in the meantime we are looking forward to the exhibition match against Ireland and hope to continue our winning streak.”