A team of handball players from Nottingham Trent University have been crowned champions of a new national handball tournament.
The University’s men’s team took the victory after a tense final against Loughborough University, winning by just one goal in a high scoring game.
It was the first competition of its kind to take place in England and was backed by the British University and Colleges Sports (BUCS) – the national governing body of university sport in the UK.
Teams were split into three separate tournaments, with both men and women’s competitions played throughout the day in Loughborough – the home of England Handball’s Elite Performance Academy.
England Handball staff, including former Team GB handball stars Bobby White and John Pearce, were on hand to host the competition, with some of the best young talent from across the UK arriving to play.
John, who is also the National Competitions and Events Manager at England Handball, said:: “It was fantastic to see teams back out on the court and competing again after so long. This was the first time England Handball has held this kind of competition, so it was great that we had so many teams competing from across the UK.
“There were some superb games of handball played throughout the day, with some really close finals that had us on the edge of our seats. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and to all the other teams who took part in a brilliant day.
“We hope that the championships reminded handball players across the UK just how great our sport is and we’re looking forward to getting back to a full schedule of competitions soon.”
Nottingham Trent University won the men’s championship while Loughborough women’s team took the championship title.
The women’s shield was won by Durham University, and Oxford University walked away the winners of the men’s shield.
Manchester Metropolitan University won the Men’s trophy.