North East Handball Tournament Set to Begin

This Sunday 13 December sees the start of the inaugural North East handball tournament between Newcastle Vikings and the emerging Durham University and York Hunters handball clubs.

Newcastle Vikings Handball Club have set up this friendly three-round tournament as part of the club’s mission to help develop handball in the North East of England.  Coming on the back of a number of friendly matches played against both Durham and York over the past couple of seasons, this tournament seeks to create a more formal mini-league arrangement and encourage wider participation and more competitive court time for beginners and younger non-league players of the region’s up-and-coming clubs.

The North East tournament takes place over three separate weekends, with the first round taking place in York and featuring both men’s and women’s matches.  With the clubs playing each other and scoring points in each round, the overall regional winners will be crowned after the three tournaments.

Round 1:

  • Sunday 13 December 2015 – York (3:00-5:00pm)
  • Burnholme Community College, Bad Bargain Lane, York  YO31 0GW

Round 2:

  • Saturday 30 January 2016 – Newcastle (2:00-5:00pm)
  • Temple Park Leisure Centre, John Reid Road, South Shields  NE34 8QN
  • follows Newcastle Vikings men’s home league match v Leeds Hornets/Huddersfield (12noon-2:00pm)

Round 3:

  • Sunday 28 February 2016 – Durham (1:00-3:00pm)
  • Durham University Queen’s Campus Sports Centre, University Boulevard, Stockton-On-Tees  TS17 6BH

York Hunters’ men and a combined Durham-York women’s team have previously also participated in our annual end-of-season Tyneside Handball Tournament, which this season is set to take place on Saturday 7 May 2016.

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