Rutland Handball Club owes success to hard work and London Olympics 2012

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By nora_hs | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 09:23

Rutland Handball Club was founded in May 2012 by Sergiu Tautan and Alexandra Hobincu who believe that that the London Olympics 2012 has helped the club to grow in every way. Sergiu said "After the first handball games (in the Olympics), our Friday evening training session got very busy with twelve new people turning up on the first Friday after the Olympics started."

The trend has continued with many people showing an interest in the sport that I have heard compared to water polo without the water, or described as a cross between football and basketball.  

What is handball?

The idea is to throw a small ball (the size of a cantaloupe) past the goalkeeper and into the net. Players can run with the ball as long as they bounce it, but can only use their upper body– contact below the knee is a foul.  A team consists of seven players including a goalkeeper and a match is one hour long, split into two 30-minute halves.

Early success

Rutland Handball Club won their very first game 50 – 12 against Gedling in August 2012, despite being one man down and borrowing a goalkeeper from their opponents! In September the club started to introduce handball to children from all three Rutland secondary schools Uppingham Community College, Catmose College and Great Casterton Business and Enterprise College. 

Sergiu said "We introduced around 90 children; boys and girls, to handball and they made very good progress during a six week training programme. We will see how much they learnt at the Schools Handball Championships in a few months time!"

Rutland Handball Academy

Rutland Handball Academy was launched at Catmose Sports Centre in September with one training session a week for under 12's and one for under 16's. The academy now regularly attracts 25 children.

Future plans

The club is planning to expand into Leicester, Market Harborough, and Oadby and Wigston and starting a women's only training session during 2013. 


Sergiu Tautan, Chairman and Coach of the Rutland Handball Club

Tel: 07577 262430 / 01572 822723

Training days at Catmose Sports Centre

Under 16 - Monday 17.30 – 19.00

Under 12 - Wednesday 17.00 – 18.00

Cost for junior training is £2 and for adults £3 without membership fee just pay and play.



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