Handball is one of the most played team sports in the world and an exciting, fast-moving, high-speed game. But in South Africa Handball is almost unknown. This will be changed soon. From the 15th April to the 22nd of May, a Handball Road-Show will take place in the Western Province. A German Handball Expert, Klaus Feldmann, will visit South Africa as part of a short-term sport development project in partnership with the German Olympic Sports Confederation and financed by means of the German Federal Foreign Office.

PLAY HANDBALL ZA is initiator of the project and supported the South African Handball Federation and the Western Cape Handball Association by accessing these resources for their handball development program. The beginner-level workshops aim to train coaches to enable them forming their own teams and build clubs. 10 workshops will be facilitated by the international experienced expert over the next weeks; workshops will be offered in Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain, Ocean View, Franschhoek, Malmesbury, George, Dysselsdorp, Swellendam, Bredasdorp and Grabouw. The workshops are for school teachers, university coaches, volunteers of NGOs, and also training will happen for inmates of prisons.

The expert Klaus Feldmann is an A-license coach of the German Handball Federation and has a M.A. in Sport and Social Science. He lectured handball over the last years for the International Handball Federation (IHF), the European Handball Federation (EHF) and the German Olympic Sports Confederation in over 35 countries.

For further information please contact info@play-hanbball.org or the Western Cape Handball Association (neilsonra@cput.ac.za).

About PLAY HANDBALL ZA: PLAY HANDBALL ZA is a sport and development organization in South Africa which uses handball as a new sport in South Africa to empower young women and cross racial boundaries. PLAY HANDBALL ZA is a kick-starter, promoter and knowledge partner for handball in South Africa. We promote handball for girls, enable cultural exchange and skill development and build awareness for our vision through our activities: We build bilateral partnerships, organize events and competitions, offer handball workshops and recruit volunteers as coaches to assist in communities.

Why handball?

Handball is one of the most played team sports in the world and an exciting, fast-moving, high-speed game. Promoting and establishing handball as a new game in South Africa contributes to more diversity in sport and finally more possibilities for the youth to get their involvement in sport. As handball has no history in the country and is played by women and men equally over the world, it serves as an ideal setting to promote dialogue and empowerment. The sport also requires little equipment and is low cost, allowing it to be played everywhere.

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