Every Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock a social sport session organised by the NTU Handball society attracts a number of students to the SU Sports Hall.
The students are trained for more than half an hour before taking part in a series of mini matches.
Platform’s Federico Cornetto took to the court to see how hard handball could really be.
Federico’s performance as a goalkeeper was the prime reason behind the green team’s defeat, but our reporter didn’t get disheartened and managed to redeem himself with a couple of good saves towards the end of the game.
NTU Handball’s president and 3rd year Psychology and Criminology student, Andrea Hesse invited students who want to try handball to come forward.
Andrea said: “We have quite a range of people in our club, from people who just started this year to people who have a lot of experience.
“I think that if you have played a similar sport before, like basketball, netball or even football, it will be easier for you to pick up handball.”
During the training session – and Federico’s indoctrination – players went through some shooting drills, working on positioning and different types of attacking play.
The movement was dynamic and the shots were hard and fast.
The group then moved onto mini matches, and that meant it was time for Federico to go in goal.
Unlike our reporter, new comer Alex Gayton was at ease with the mini matches, playing well in the team with good passing and a couple shots on goal.
He said: “I love the fast pace of the game and the dynamic style of play.
“It is not very easy to pick up the techniques and it is a little hard to get used to the positioning, but overall I would really recommend handball, it’s really fun.’
There were also plenty of international students taking part to the game, some from France and some from Germany.
Andrea said: “Whilst handball is still growing in the UK, it is huge in Europe and the Olympics, so we have a couple of players from Europe, like our French players, and we even had some from Brazil.”
At the end of the session we had a new respect for handball and we may be making it our new Wednesday go to.
If you want to get involved with NTU Handball, the society hosts its social sessions on Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm in the City Sports Hall and its club session on Tuesday from 9pm to 10.30pm in Clifton.
You can contact them through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/handballntu/ .
By Federico Cornetto