England Handball hosted its biggest ever National Finals event to bring the curtain down on the 2022/23 season, with hundreds of players and spectators turning out for a thrilling weekend.
Exciting matches across all levels of handball in England from schools to senior level saw 12 teams claim glory at the Sir David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham.
That included NEM Hawks winning the Men’s National Cup final on Sunday with an entertaining 31-23 win over West London Eagles. Meanwhile the Eagles’ Women’s team took home the Women’s National Cup after beating Olympia 21-18.
In the U19s category on Saturday, Nottingham boys, playing in their home city, won the Youth National Cup after beating Poole Phoenix 33-27. In the girl’s fixture, the trophy went to Loughborough who beat Stroud 30-19.
In the U16s category, Guildford Sabres boys overcame Chelsea 24-21 in a closely-fought match. It was Shropshire and Stroud who faced each other in the girls’ under 16s category, with Shropshire securing a 13-12 victory.
Mike Bain, CEO of England Handball, said: “What a superb weekend of handball action, showcasing plenty of the very best talent the sport has to offer in England.
“Handball continues to grow in this country and year on year is gaining momentum as a mainstream indoor sport in England. That was certainly evident this weekend.
“We promised this would be the biggest and best ever National Finals event and it didn’t disappoint – it was undoubtedly a roaring success.”
Outside of the national and youth cup winners, the National Finals weekend also saw the conclusion of the National Schools Competition, which this year again saw hundreds of entrants.
Over 500 teams took part in both U13 and U15 boys’ and girls’ competitions, with the semi-finals and finals being played out over the weekend. London-based St Thomas the Apostle College won the U13s boys’ competition, with Herts & Essex High School winning the girls’ tournament.
In the U15s, Stroud High School won the girls’ trophy, with London-based St Bonaventure’s winning the boys’.
Rounding off the weekend, teams from universities around the country took part in a special University Summer Cup, with Loughborough University winning the women’s competition and Birmingham University taking home the men’s title.
Here is the full list of England Handball National Finals winners:
Men’s National Cup
Women’s National Cup
West London Eagles
Schools U13s Boys
St Thomas the Apostle College
Schools U13s Girls
Herts & Essex High School
Schools U15s Boys
St Bonaventure’s RC School
Schools U15s Girls
Stroud High School
University Summer Cup Men
University Summer Cup Women