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The University of Leeds Handball Club - experienced players or those who want to try something new - this is the place for you! Come and play this growing team sport with us. #LeedsIsGreen
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The University of Leeds Handball Club

Mix incredible speed, quick thinking and a few rough tackles and you get handball – the action-packed game that thrilled the British audience in the London 2012 Olympics.

Handball has since become one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and has seen an amazing surge in interest and players since the Games.

Speed, strength and team play are the pillars of handball – a fast-paced game where the teams compete to score the most goals by throwing a small ball between them and then past the opposing team’s goal keeper.

The Leeds University Handball Club is committed to sourcing new handball talent as well as developing experienced players, offering handball at both beginners and experienced levels.

The club boasts a true international community with players from all over the world – from rainy Britain to frosty Norway, warm France and exotic Brazil!

The University of Leeds Handball Club was formed in late 2012 and officially gained LUU club status in 2013. The club has gone from strength to strength and has achieved a number of remarkable things since its foundation:

  • We have two teams competing at regional a regional level.
  • Both teams competed in both the Christie Cup and Varsity tournaments.
  • Both teams have become cornerstones of the English Handball Association's Northern leagues.
  • Both men's and women's teams have competed in the annual university championships.

Club Ethos

The handball club is very friendly and welcoming! It doesn’t matter whether you have never played handball before or whether you are an experienced player, whether you are a fresher or a postgrad, home or international student, or someone simply living in and around Leeds fancying a new sport; everyone is welcome to come along and try out handball.

Training and matches

We train twice a week, on Tuesday and Fridays, and our trainings cater for beginners as well as experiences players.

-          Tuesday training (Student Led): 4-5pm at Gryphon sports centre

-          Friday training (Student Led): 7-9pm at the Edge

-          Experienced training: 8.15-10.15 pm on Wednesdays at Morley Leisure Centre.

For more information on training times and other events, please join our Facebook group: or follow us on Twitter @LeedsUHandball and Instagram @LeedsUniHandball.

The handball season starts in October and runs through until May. We play matches around the region against both other university teams and community clubs. For more information about matches, join our Facebook group or see the England Handball Association website (

There is free access to everyone at the Edge and Gryphon through membership of Leeds University Handball club.



If you are not a student at Leeds University, you are still very welcome to join the club and come along to our training and compete with us. Membership costs are the same for students and non-students. In order to buy your membership you will simply need to create a guest account with the Union. To do that, go to the top of the page on the right and click on Guest Login and then follow the steps. If this doesn't work just send us an email or speak to one of us at training and we'll be happy to help you out. 

You will however not be able to buy a sports pass, but you can just 'pay-as-you-play' for each training session at the reception desk of the sports halls. It is £5.50 per session.


2015/16 results & highlights

On-court highlights

England Handball Leagues

We built on our success in 2014/15, as three teams respresented the club at the Northern Regional Leagues and national level with the Men’s and Women’s A team competing in the regional leagues, as well as in the national cup. Highlights from the year include our Men’s Team reaching the University Championship finals in Birmingham and our Women’s teams finishing strongly in the Northern Regional League.

Student Competitions


Off-court highlights

  • Two themed Otley Runs
  • Christmas social
  • Trips to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District 
  • Annual Awards Ceremony
  • Regular socials at restaurants, pubs and clubs throughout the year


What to look forward to this year:

  • More socials (Otley Runs, Christmas meal, other nights out in Leeds)
  • Trip this fall
  • Possible exchange trip to Germany
  • Varsity
  • Huddesrfield tournament
  • University championships 

Get in touch

Join our Facebook group: LUU Handball

Follow us on Facebook: University of Leeds Handball Club

Follow us on Twitter: @LeedsUHandball

Follow us on Instagram: @leedsunihandball

Club Documents


If you are registered to compete with the club in one of the leagues (i.e. if you have paid the registration fee) you will be covered under the club's liability cover provided by the England Handball Association. If you are not registered with the club as a competing player this cover will not apply to you. We will upload an up-to-date summary of liability cover, once the season 2017/18 has commenced.

If players (both competing and non-competing) would like to take out more comprehensive personal accident insurance cover they need to organise that themselves. 

Useful documents

  • Social Guidelines

    Should you be running a social, check out the guidelines for events you run.

  • 2017 AGM Minutes

    The minutes from our 2017 AGM.

  • Club Constitution

    UoL Handball Club Constitution

  • Code of Good Conduct

    The Code of Good Conduct provides details on the expected standards of conduct from members relating to training, matches and social events. The Code also outlines the health and safety requirements expected from members. Club disciplinary and appeals procedures can also be found within this document.

  • Code of Good Practice

    Please see this document for all the information on the club's code of good practice.

  • Player Handbook

    A guide to the 2014/15 season

  • Risk Assessment 2015 2016

    Risk Assessment for all players wishing to join this team needs to read through this leaflet.

Club trainings (open to all members): -Tuesdays 4-5pm in Gryphon Sports Centre -Friday 7-9pm in the Edge Hall 1A Womens only training: -Wednesdays 8.30-10pm in Morley Leisure Centre.


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