The corona pandemic also had a firm grip on the sports landscape and thus Play Handball last year. Hardly anything was possible on the playing fields, but in the background, things continued to swirl. With success. PlayHandball was able to enter into two new partnerships, which will help in the long term, especially in the context of training young coaches. Both the HVSH (Handballverband-Schleswig-Holstein) and the Lern Handball app could be won as partners

“PlayHandball and the Handball Association Schleswig-Holstein want to cooperate more closely in the future. The professional preparation of Weltwärts volunteers from Germany for their assignment in Africa, the training of PlayHandball coaches in South Africa and Kenya and the international youth encounter are central points of the partnership for us,” said Sascha Steltenkamp from HVSH. (more…)

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Dancing for a good cause, that’s what you could do at the Night of Handball. All digitally and with social distance in times of global corona crisis and at the same time being together for a common goal: to support PlayHandball. Community and social cohesion are currently more important than ever. Community is also important […]

Dancing for a good cause, that’s what you could do at the Night of Handball. All digitally and with social distance in times of global corona crisis and at the same time being together for a common goal: to support PlayHandball. Community and social cohesion are currently more important than ever. Community is also important in handball. For this reason, Thio Remmers, Phillip Bütow, Juri Krumnick and Jan Thie from the SG Friedrichsfehn/Petersfehn decided to organise the “Night of Handball” for PlayHandball in Africa and thus collected a total of 2968.14 EUR. Awesome!!! (more…)

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For our second instalment of Play Handball Community Talks, our South Africa Project Coordinator – Simphiwe Mahlanyana – sat down, virtually, with Michael Wachira from Pendo Amani Youth Organisation in Juja, Kenya. The interview details how things have been in Juja and Kenya generally and together, Simphiwe and Michael explored opportunities that arose as a result of Covid-19 and lockdown regulations all over the world. The interview can be viewable.

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17 teams from Kisumu County and Siaya County participated in the first handball tournament hosted by our community partner EmpowerGirlsPlus (EGP) in Kisumu, western Kenya. It was an exciting day for the players and the host organisation. “This was the first time we organised a tournament for teams outside our community.  We made it a […]

17 teams from Kisumu County and Siaya County participated in the first handball tournament hosted by our community partner EmpowerGirlsPlus (EGP) in Kisumu, western Kenya. It was an exciting day for the players and the host organisation. “This was the first time we organised a tournament for teams outside our community.  We made it a one-day event since it was our very first one. Some of the things might have not happened as we expected, but all in all we feel grateful and happy”, tells Ruth Moody – Director of EmpowerGirlsPlus. 300 participants attended the tournament, including relatives of the players. Four school teams and three community teams, which are part of EmpowerGirlsPlus’ sports activities in the community of Kisumu, competed in the tournament. (more…)

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Sim talks to Louise from our community partner in Darling about the last year and the current situation in their programmes. Louise is positive and hopeful for this year. In terms of handball, Louise wants to grow the sport for youth in the community and implement it as a sport that also helps youth develop […]

Sim talks to Louise from our community partner in Darling about the last year and the current situation in their programmes. Louise is positive and hopeful for this year. In terms of handball, Louise wants to grow the sport for youth in the community and implement it as a sport that also helps youth develop social skills. We look forward to supporting her and the Darling Outreach Foundation in 2020.

Watch the talk on our YouTube Channel: PlayHandball1

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In 2020, we engaged with our close partner organisations and schools in South Africa and Kenya to assist us in understanding the effectivity of our programme offerings. We sent around a survey for them to complete. As our vision is “supporting a diverse and multi-inclusive sports environment through playing the team-sport of handball, and to […]

In 2020, we engaged with our close partner organisations and schools in South Africa and Kenya to assist us in understanding the effectivity of our programme offerings. We sent around a survey for them to complete. As our vision is “supporting a diverse and multi-inclusive sports environment through playing the team-sport of handball, and to impart self-esteem, skills and knowledge to the next generation”, it was important for us to understand the interpretation and translation of the relationship we have with our close partners. Through this evaluation, we reached 13 partner organisations from 11 different communities in South Africa and Kenya. To view the in-depth evaluation document which highlights our strengths, shortcomings, opportunities for growth together with recommendations for Play Handball, click here:

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Dear partners, supporters and friends of PlayHandball, On behalf of PlayHandball and the whole team, I would like to thank you very much for your support, cooperation and interest in our work. This year for us, as for many others, went differently than planned. With the outbreak of the pandemic, many activities in our project […]

Dear partners, supporters and friends of PlayHandball,

On behalf of PlayHandball and the whole team, I would like to thank you very much for your support, cooperation and interest in our work. This year for us, as for many others, went differently than planned. With the outbreak of the pandemic, many activities in our project countries South Africa and Kenya had to be stopped abruptly. At the beginning of April, all German volunteers had to leave their host countries with a heavy heart and return home within a month. At short notice, all sports group activities were stopped and schools were partially or even completely closed. Social life was at a standstill and the focus was solely on health. For us, as for many others, the extent of this was beyond our comprehension, and at the time we still hoped that everything would be over by September. But this was not the case. (more…)

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In January, the handball world will look to Egypt. For the first time since 2005 (Tunisia), the Men’s World Championship is back on the African continent. However, the continent has much more to offer when it comes to handball, such as the Play Handball (PH) project. And even though South Africa as well as Kenya, […]

In January, the handball world will look to Egypt. For the first time since 2005 (Tunisia), the Men’s World Championship is back on the African continent. However, the continent has much more to offer when it comes to handball, such as the Play Handball (PH) project. And even though South Africa as well as Kenya, where PH is mainly active, are affected by Corona, the topic of handball is not forgotten here. Completely in the sense of distance regulations, PH’s work is also currently taking place digitally.

From 8th to 10th December the PlayHandball Online Talk – “Handball without Borders” will take place for the first time. In three rounds of talks over three days (each at 12 noon, German time), guests from Africa and Europe who are active and involved in handball will talk and exchange views, discuss and get ideas and pass on experiences. (more…)

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The current situation of volunteers in times of the Covid-19 virus: This year is a year of waiting and uncertainty for many volunteers who had planned a year abroad. Not only for the PlayHandball volunteers, the departure is postponed indefinitely and there is a great deal of insecurity as to whether, when and in what […]

The current situation of volunteers in times of the Covid-19 virus: This year is a year of waiting and uncertainty for many volunteers who had planned a year abroad. Not only for the PlayHandball volunteers, the departure is postponed indefinitely and there is a great deal of insecurity as to whether, when and in what form they can go.

Since the end of April, no volunteers have been in the country, neither in Kenya nor in South Africa. Due to the worldwide current Covid-19 virus, the PlayHandball volunteers, who were on site at the time, had to return to Germany with the German government’s repatriation flights. “Actually my parents wanted to come and visit me in mid-March and we wanted to travel together. On the day of their departure, they decided against it because of the Corona situation. A few hours later, I found out that I had to return to Germany. It was quite painful for me. I wanted to see my parents again, but definitely not under these circumstances,” reports Laura, who suddenly had to leave her host country within two weeks. But even for the upcoming volunteers, who were supposed to start their service at the beginning of September, the situation has not been easy since then. (more…)

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