New York City, NY - For the first time in their history New York City Team Handball Club will play a transatlantic exhibition event in London against the British Olympians and the best team in England, London Great Danes.
The games will be played at The Copper Box September 8, 2013. The Copper Box was the venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Park in Hackney, London. It was also known as the Handball Arena.
"I am excited to be a part of the first transatlantic tournament for our club, and even more so to be able to play at the London Olympics venue The Copper Box. This is where the best in the world played during 2012 Olympics, and it's a privilege for our players to play there, and give fans in London something to cheer about," said Shkumbin Mustafa, New York City Handball Club president.
The matchups between two of the top teams from U.S. and England marks the first of its kind played in London, and it serves as preparation for London GD aspirations to qualify further in the EHF Cup.
New York City Handball Club will also play Great Britain Olympians in its first match of its kind, and give an opportunity to all the fans to watch some of the best British handballers in action.
Building relationships between the two cities that have a small, enthusiastic and thriving community of handball players is only the first step that will help make handball more popular in USA and Great Britain.
"This year we celebrate our 40 year anniversary, and this is the first time in the history of our club we play a game across the ocean. It's the beginning of something bigger for our club, and for the city of New York. Our influence in the world of handball will soon be noticed," added Shkumbin Mustafa.
**New York City Handball Club is a non-profit 501 © 3 charitable organization. Its mission is to promote, educate, and introduce the game of handball to as many people in New York and teach them the benefits this game brings. New York City Team Handball Club was formed in 1973. It was composed of immigrants, temporary workers of United Nation and anybody who wanted to practice and learn the sport. From the beginning, the club carried men as well as women's teams. Loyalty, enthusiasm and friendship allowed the club to survive, and later grow. In 1992, the team moved to Brooklyn, and in 2007 expanded to New York City.
** Handball (also known as team handball, Olympic handball, European team handball, European handball, or Borden ball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper on each team) pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team which scores the most goals wins.
** London GD Handball Club, was founded in 1976 as Great Dane Handball Club, is one of the UK's oldest and most successful handball clubs. They are based in East London.
COPPER BOX INTERNATIONAL HANDBALL CUP
Date: September 8th
Time: 11:30AM to 6PM
Address: Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 3HB, United Kingdom
Entrance: 6.50 pounds
Schedule of Games:
12.15 Oly Cats - New York City (men)
13.30 London GD - London Angels (women)
15.00 London GD - New York City (men)
16.30 London GD - Oly Cats (men)
Shkumbin Mustafa | President
New York City Team Handball Club