Join Olympian Dan McMillan in the new year for the launch of handball sessions in the New Forest.

Handball at London 2012

Handball at London 2012

As part the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, New Forest District Council (NFDC) is offering budding athletes, aged 14-25, the opportunity to learn how to play handball with coaching from local hero Dan.

The sport became known during the Olympics as the sport that “rocked the box” because of the exciting atmosphere in the handball arena.

Despite being played professionally in Europe, the sport is relatively unknown in the UK. However Team GB players like Dan, from Sway, have done a great deal to promote the sport at local level in this country.

Sport England has given its support to NFDC in helping to develop handball locally and offer people the chance to get involved.

A successful coaching course has been held at Gang Warily leisure centre, Fawley, to train more coaches in the sport, led by another Team GB player John Pearce from Poole.

Following this, there are now two ‘Introduction to Handball’ courses running in January.

Dan will be running one course at Ringwood Health and Leisure from Wednesday 9 January to Wednesday 13 February, 8-9pm; and the other at Gang Warily centre, from Friday 11 January to Friday 15 February, 7-8pm.

NFDC portfolio holder for health and leisure, Cllr Di Brooks welcomed the initiative in the New Forest. She said: “I am pleased to see the introduction to handball on offer to local people. It proved a popular sport in the Olympics and it is good to keep the legacy alive and thriving. I wish Dan every success with his coaching sessions.”

To find out more and sign up, call 023 8028 5102 for Ringwood, and 023 8089 3603 for Gang Warily.