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Rovers Launch Handball Team

11 February 2013

Doncaster Rovers Foundation, in conjunction with SMT Xtra, are launching a handball team to mark their involvement in a number of other sports apart from football.

Handball is played by two seven-a-side teams and has a very similar concept to football, except that hands are used to pass the ball and the goals are much smaller.

The Doncaster Rovers Foundation Handball club is being launched on Tuesday 12 February at Rossington Community Sports Venue at Bond Street at 8pm. The club will hold weekly coaching sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8pm until 9.30pm at Rossington CSV and the cost per session will be £3. 

Marie Hepburn, Community Manager at the Doncaster Rovers Community Foundation said: “It’s a very exciting time for Doncaster Rovers Foundation as we venture into different sports other than football.

“The decision to create a handball team came after holding a number of taster sessions across a variety of different sports in the community and young people who are enrolled on the our education courses. Handball was by far the most popular choice.

“Having SMTXtra approach us to support the establishment of the club has been incredible.  They have invested financially and put significant resource behind the project to get it up and running. The company is passionate about bringing Handball to Doncaster residents and hopes the sports will have a positive impact in the community

“The aim of the new club for over 16s is to put a strong emphasis on team sport participation and fitness.  We aim to include under 16’s in the club from September 2013.

“Handball is an incredibly popular sport throughout Europe and we have secured one of the leading coaches in the game, former Hungarian international Handball player Attila Schmidt, to train our budding handball hopefuls. 

“We aim to eventually start playing friendly fixtures against some of the local university and college teams and other handball clubs already set up in the UK, with the possibility of entering a team into the national league in the near future.

The new club has the full backing of the National Governing Body of Handball (England Handball) and Sporting Club Doncaster Rovers. 

Marie added: “This will see South Yorkshire become an emerging area for handball. 
We are really excited about establishing this handball club and using the fantastic name and image Doncaster Rovers has to make this a project for years to come for people all across the Borough.”

To register your interest about The Doncaster Rovers Foundation Handball club please contact Marie Hepburn on 01302 764663 or email

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