November 15, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Poland

Hands up for Handball in Europe

By Mariusz Damentko

The first ever handball seminar in the history of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia was made possible by the support of the European Union.

A campaign is underway to make handball as popular in Special Olympics programmes across Europe Eurasia as it is in mainstream sport and to ensure that more teams from the region will compete in handball at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. It began with the first ever European handball seminar which took place in Amsterdam from November 8 - 10 and brought 20 coaches together from 11 European countries to learn more about the rules and technicalities of the game as well as general Special Olympics sports rules. The countries represented at the seminar were Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. Each of these coaches are now tasked to coach athletes as well as train new coaches in handball in their home countries. The highlight of the seminar was a practice session with 14 athletes from Special Olympics Netherlands followed by a Unified Handball match.

About Mariusz Damentko: I am Sports Director at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.
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