The University of Leeds Handball Club
Mix incredible speed, quick thinking and a few rough tackles and you get handball – the action-packed game that thrilled the British audience in the London 2012 Olympics.
Handball has since become one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and has seen an amazing surge in interest and players since the Games.
Speed, strength and team play are the pillars of handball – a fast-paced game where the teams compete to score the most goals by throwing a small ball between them and then past the opposing team’s goal keeper.
The Leeds University Handball Club is committed to sourcing new handball talent as well as developing experienced players, offering handball at both beginners and experienced levels.
The club boasts a true international community with players from all over the world – from rainy Britain to frosty Norway, warm France and exotic Brazil!
Intrigued? Check out our promo video to get a taste of what we’re about.
The University of Leeds Handball Club was formed in late 2012 and officially gained LUU club status in 2013. The club has gone from strength to strength and has achieved a number of remarkable things since its foundation:
- We have three teams competing at regional and national level.
- The women's first team is the only University team playing in the top national handball league.
- Both the men's team and women’s team competed in the British University Championships 2015.
- The men's team competed in the Christie Cup in 2015.
- Our players represented Leeds in the 2014 Helsingborg Beach Handball tournament in Sweden, becoming the first ever British team to enter and placing 3rd.
- Two of the women's players went to GB team trials in March 2014.
- Both our men's and women's teams competed in the British Beach Handball Championships in 2014
- We launched our first annual ‘boys vs. girls’ competition in March 2015.
The handball club is very friendly and welcoming! It doesn’t matter whether you have never played handball before or whether you are an experienced player, whether you are a fresher or a postgrad, home or international student, or someone simply living in and around Leeds fancying a new sport; everyone is welcome to come along and try out handball.
Training and matches
We train twice a week, on Tuesday and Fridays, and our trainings cater for beginners as well as experiences players.
- Tuesday training: 4-5pm at Gryphon sports centre
- Friday training: 7-9pm at the Edge
- Women's experienced training: 8.30-10.00 pm on Wednesdays at Morley Leisure Centre.
For more information on training times and other events, please join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/596442773728080/ or follow us on Twitter @LeedsUHandball and Instagram @LeedsUniHandball.
The handball season starts in October and runs through until May. We play matches around the region against both other university teams and community clubs. For more information about matches, join our Facebook group or see the England Handball Association website (http://www.englandhandball.com/).
There is free access to everyone at the Edge and Gryphon through membership of Leeds University Handball club.
If you are not a student at Leeds University, you are still very welcome to join the club and come along to our training and compete with us. Membership costs are the same for students and non-students. In order to buy your membership you will simply need to create a guest account with the Union. To do that, go to the top of the page on the right and click on Guest Login and then follow the steps. If this doesn't work just send us an email or speak to one of us at training and we'll be happy to help you out.
You will however not be able to buy a sports pass, but you can just 'pay-as-you-play' for each training session at the reception desk of the sports halls. It is £5.50 per session.
2015/16 results & highlights
England Handball Leagues
We built on our success in 2014/15, as three teams respresented the club at the Northern Regional Leagues and national level with the Men’s and Women’s A team competing in the regional leagues, as well as in the national cup. Highlights from the year include our Men’s Team reaching the University Championship finals in Birmingham and our Women’s teams finishing strongly in the Northern Regional League.
- Two themed Otley Runs
- Christmas social
- Trips to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District
- Annual Awards Ceremony
- Regular socials at restaurants, pubs and clubs throughout the year
What to look forward to this year:
- More socials (Otley Runs, Christmas meal, other nights out in Leeds)
- Trip this fall
- Possible exchange trip to Germany
- Huddesrfield tournament
- University championships
Get in touch
Join our Facebook group: LUU Handball
Follow us on Facebook: University of Leeds Handball Club
Follow us on Twitter: @LeedsUHandball
Follow us on Instagram: @leedsunihandball
If you are registered to compete with the club in one of the leagues (i.e. if you have paid the registration fee) you will be covered under the club's liability cover provided by the England Handball Association. If you are not registered with the club as a competing player this cover will not apply to you. We will upload an up-to-date summary of liability cover, once the season 2015/16 has commenced.
If players (both competing and non-competing) would like to take out more comprehensive personal accident insurance cover they need to organise that themselves.