British Handball Association begins UK shopping centre tour

The British Handball Association is touring UK shopping centres, giving shopers the chance to discover handball and meet some top UK athletes.

The tour began on Saturday in Nottingham, and will take place until May 27 ending its programme in Bromley.

The association has teamed up with Capital Shopping Centres (CSC) and will visit The Trafford Centre, Metrocentre and Lakeside.

Each centre will be fully equipped with a caged court so shoppers can witness the action live and even try the sport for themselves. Members of the British team will be attending each location so people can ask questions about handball and see professionals play.

The UK tour will also incorporate visits to local schools in Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Essex to encourage the next generation of youngsters to take up this fast growing sport.

Richard Bailey, central marketing manager, CSC said: “Being chosen to be the British Handball Association’s official location partner for its tour of the UK highlights the popularity of our shopping centres and the ideal geographic spread of these locations across the country. 2012 is such an amazing year for British sport and it will be fantastic to give the local communities surrounding our centres the opportunity to get involved with such a fast growing sport. It is also great to be able to support the British Handball Association and the British Handball team during this key sporting year, so we hope to see lots of our shoppers giving it a go when the tour visits CSC centres across the country over the next month.”