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The 2017 Handball SuperCup was hosted by Play Handball ZA in conjunction with DSJ on 20 and 21 October 2017. 23 teams from 12 schools and clubs participated across four categories (Under 14 Boys, Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Mixed and Under 12 Mixed).
Play Handball ZA is a non-profit organization founded Nicola Scholl, a former German youth Handball player, with the idea of introducing and developing Handball in South Africa while building environmental awareness. It is sponsored by the Deutscher Handballbund (German Handball Association) (DHB), Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, Wast-Ed and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
Last year’s theme revolved around creating awareness of plastic waste and how this could be reduced, with children introduced to the Eco-Brick (a plastic bottle stuffed with non-recyclable plastics which served as an ‘entry fee’ to the tournament). This year’s theme was: ‘How we as individuals or schools could save and reduce the use of water’. The players were required to create posters in line with the theme which served as the ‘entry fee’ to the tournament.
The ‘Train-the Trainer’ workshop on Friday 20 October was held in the Multimedia Room. It was attended by 38 teachers/coaches and a group of 10 volunteers from a rehab organization in Soweto. The workshop included a morning of lectures conducted by Nicola about various environmental issues such as waste, recycling, water scarcity and possible savings methods. In the second part of the workshop everybody was introduced to various basic Handball techniques through games which included environmental elements, which later developed into a full game of Handball.
Saturday’s proceedings started at 8h30 with registration and at 9h40 the action commenced. Each team and their coaches were sponsored a lunch by Play Handball ZA. The day ended with two short handball games between the teachers, coaches and helpers which gave the organizers the chance to set up the lucky draws and prize giving. The overall winners of this tournament were the DSP, as 3 of their teams managed first place while the DSJ achieved the following results:
1st: Under 14 Boys
4th: Under 14 Girls
3rd: Under 14 Mixed
3rd: Under 12 Mixed
A massive ‘thank you’ to Andrea Erasmus, Katja Peters, Fred Stone, Joseph Moiloa and the DSJ Maintenance Staff – without their help this tournament would not have been possible.
I would also like to thank all the parents for their support and a special thank you to one of my older players, Sarah Nickels, who became my assistant coach while I was busy with commitments on the day.