Handball will hit Dublin next month but with an added twist, thanks to the Irish Olympic Handball Association.
In a bid to raise awareness of their work with the World Sports Team, the organisation is extending an open invitation to everyone throughout Ireland to participate in a Street Handball competition on September 28.
The Irish men’s national team will be taking part, so if you have a passion for handball following this year’s Olympics, then now is your chance to show your skills in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square!
For those unaware of what Street Handball actually is, it is basically a non-contact version of handball which everyone can join in, and is played with a soft ball.
To add an extra sprinkle of fun to the event, a maximum of one Irish national team member is allowed per team, with a minimum of four players required on each team.
Street Handball is somewhat different to regular handball, with the main differences being that no physical contact is allowed, and that no referee is required – thus relying on honest play at all times.
As previously mentioned, a specially developed green ball has also been designed for Street Handball, which is extremely soft and easy to control, therefore making it comfortable to catch and more enjoyable to participate.
Kindly supported by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust, the event promises to be a superb evening of entertainment, with great prizes also up for grabs at the post-event warm-down in Temple Bar, where drinks and nibble will also be available for all.
This is a fantastic way to support the Irish team as they prepare for the upcoming European Championship Qualifiers, as well as being a perfect way to exercise and have fun.
To register your team, simply visit www.olympichandball.org – registration is €100 per team, and further information on the event can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.