Handball returns to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the Copper Box International Handball Cup on Sunday 8th September.
London GD Handball Club will stage the inaugural Copper Box International Handball Cup, which will feature four matches involving teams from England and America at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, between 12pm and 6pm.
Opening up the invitation event at 12.15pm will be a match between New York City, four time winners of the US championship in the last five years, and the newly-formed English team, Oly Cats. Coached by GB captain Bobby White, the Oly Cats will contain several leading Team GB players who competed in the Olympics last summer, the majority of which will be making their first return to the venue and playing their first competitive matches at club level in this country.
The ladies from London GD, who have won the English national competition three times and are the reigning EHA cup winners, will then take on London Angels, who recently claimed the British beach handball trophy.
That match will be followed by London GD’s men’s team taking on the touring New Yorkers before the eight times English champions pit their wits against the new kids on the block, the Oly Cats, in the final game of the day. The GD team for the final match is expected to contain guest appearances from top players from other leading London handball clubs.
Radu Miclaus, executive director of London GD’s men’s team, said: “We are very privileged to have been given the opportunity to be the resident handball club at the Copper Box and we have arranged a special day to celebrate moving in, with a little help from our friends from England and America.
“We intend to showcase good quality games featuring international players and prove once again how entertaining the sport of handball is. We really hope as many people as possible can attend what will be one of the first full days of sport in the Olympic Park, since the Games. It promises to be a great occasion.”
Tickets for the day cost £8.50 for adults and £5.50 for concessions/children under-14 but they can be purchased online, prior to 1st September, from www.warptickets.com for £6.50 (adults) and £3.50 (children under-14 and concessions).
12.15 Oly Cats v. New York City (mens)
13.30 London GD v. London Angels (womens)
15.00 London GD v. New York City (mens)
16.30 London GD United* v. Oly Cats (mens)
*The London GD team for this match will also feature guest appearances from top players from other leading London handball clubs.