From Our Editors
Most sports are well established in Great Britain. Football can be played in five-a-side leagues and there are ample gyms and sports halls where one can play racket sports, such as squash and badminton. However, one sport that has been largely ignored by the collective English psyche is handball. This is now changing thanks to the Olympia Handball Club establishment. The club holds training and introductions on Saturday afternoons in Pimlico for beginners, while more serious players have practice sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings in East London facilities. The teams who play at Olympia also have competitive games in both domestic and international tournaments. The ladies' first team is especially competitive, having won numerous trophies and awards. For those who are new to the sport, handball is a fast paced indoor game of speed, strategy and precision for teams of seven men or women. There is also a mixed juniors team at the Olympia Handball Club. The club welcomes men and women of all ages to join in with their love of sports and there is a tangible sense of community among the players. The doors are open to people who used to play in their home country before moving to Britain, or English people looking to pursue a new hobby. Just like the city, Olympia Handball Club is a multinational centre of excellence, with players from Lithuania, Belgium, Hungary, Colombia, Norway and the Czech Republic. Although such a large range of nationalities is represented, there is no communication barrier because everybody understands the language of handball.