Welcome to the University of Nottingham Handball Club

Handball is a lightning fast indoor team sport. Part of the Olympics since 1972 it’s most popular in continental Europe. The best handball team is a varied one, and we welcome everybody with open arms! We had great success as a club last year with two of our teams reaching finals and semifinals on their competition at University Championships. Our club has won Participation award of the Year at the University of Nottingham sports awards and was also awarded by the England Handball Association the Handball Coaching Culture of the Year 2018/19.

Welcome 2019

You can find us at the Welcome Fair on Monday 23rd September and Tuesday 24th September at the David Ross Sports Village. This year we will also have a stand at the Sutton Bonington Welcome Fair on Wednesday 25th September

You can also find out about all sport activities during Welcome Week at www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/welcome

Taster Sessions

We are hosting taster sessions for anyone who'd like to try handball! Dates for the sessions are the following:

  • Wednesday 25th 19:00 - 20:30, DRSV Hall A
  • Thursday 26th 21:00 - 22:30, DRSV Hall A
  • Friday 27th 10:00 - 12:00, DRSV Hall A
  • Friday 27th 20:30 - 22:30, DRSV Hall A

These are free-of-charge and all are welcome - doesn't matter if you've never played before! All you need are some indoor shoes and some clothes you can run in, we’ll meet in the DRSV foyer 10 minutes ahead of time and then head in to play some handball! If you can’t make any of sessions feel free to drop us a message by email or on our social media pages and we’ll work something out. 

We hope to conclude our taster sessions with a friendly against Nottingham Trent University - all are welcome to come and watch, especially recommended for beginners, as the best way to understand handball is to watch a game!

We're also part of the Engage programme so you can try handball. Our engage sessions run every Monday 17:00-18:00 in David Ross Sport Village, for free if you have a sports and fitness membership or for just a small charge. Visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/engage for more information.


Membership fees for our club are £25 for the 19/20 academic year. This includes weekly trainings and entry into University Championships.

Membership fees to participate in the Regional League are £60. This includes weekly trainings, registration fees for the league and entry into University Championships.

Please note, that a UoN sports and fitness membership is also required to be apart of our club. Early Bird membership is available until 5th October and for £209 includes the following:

  • Access to the new £40 million David Ross Sports Village
  • Three fully-equipped fitness suites
  • Over a hundred weekly group exercise classes
  • 25-meter swimming pool
  • Indoor sports halls and squash courts

Visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/join for more details.


We are one of three universities in the country that enter 4 teams or more in the British University Handball Championships. Our 1st teams consistently reach quarter finals and semi finals on their competition. Our women's 1st team have reached two consecutive finals and our men's 2nd team are the best beginners team in the country, reaching two finals and the plate in the last 3 years. This year we will be entering 2 women's and 2 men's teams into the University Championships.

The University Championships competition dates are the following:

  • Friday 6th March 2020 - Group Stages 
  • Saturday 7th March 2020 - Group Stages 
  • Sunday 8th March 2020 - Finals and Knockouts 

Competition Location - Medway Sports Park, Mill Rd, Gillingham ME7 1HF

Competing is completely optional, but highly enjoyable!

This year we are introducing UoN Handball to the Regional League entering 1 men's team and 1 women's team. The matches will take place on weekends every two weeks, starting on Saturday 19th October. 

In addition to University Championships and Regional League, this year we hope to organise several friendlies with the local handball club, Nottingham City Handball, and regional universities. Details of these friendlies with be released at a later date.


We hold regular trainings sessions for all teams, details are as follows:

Monday (2nd Teams' Training) 21:00 - 22:30, DRSV Hall D

Tuesday (Mixed Training) 07:00 - 09:30, DRSV Hall D

Thursday (1st Teams' Training) 21:00 - 22:30, DRSV Hall B

Friday (1st Teams' Training) 20:30 - 22:30, DRSV Hall A

Sundays (2nd Teams' Training) 10:00 - 12:00, DRSV Hall D

All training sessions take place in the DRSV. Make sure to join the Facebook Group, and like our Facebook page, to get the latest news! 

We also organise regular Engage sessions which will take place on Mondays 17:00 - 18:00. Inclusive Engage sessions are organised once a month during these Monday sessions. Engage and Inclusive sessions are open to all, and are fantastic introductions to the sport of handball!.


We also take part in the annual Nottingham Varsity Series against Nottingham Trent University which draws crowds of thousands to venues across Nottingham!

Details of handball varsity will be released closer to the date.

Additional Activities

We are an active club socially with regular club nights out. We aim to cater for all and therefore have many other socials such as pub quizzes, trampolining, bowling and laser tag.

We organise an annual Christmas tournament within the club and participate in an annual university alumni match.

Contact & Handy Links

Facebook page

Facebook group




Handball replays and streams

UoN Handball clothing





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Club Development Co-ordinator
Matthew Nicholson
Fixtures Secretary
Charles Clifford
General Secretary
Ines Sanchez Escobar
Luke Bousique-Green
Social Secretary
Samuel James Hannah
Arnav Jain
Philipp Springer
Fotini Iacovou
Welfare Representative
Sarah Anne Butters