Recommended age group: 7–14
Time required: one 45–60 minute session
Equipment: Factsheet on handball, sponge or softball, cones/ markers for goals, netball court (or similar area).


Handball is the ultimate team sport, which is very popular in continental Europe. It is a fast-paced invasion game, which is a combination of basketball, football and netball. It is played indoors on a court with goals at each end.

Team GB made history at London 2012 by fielding both women's and men's handball teams in the Olympic Games for the very first time. Handball has undergone a development programme in Great Britain and the teams now strive to reach a competitive standard on the world stage.

The information sheet 'What is handball' will also support students in finding out more about handball and having a go at this sport for themselves.