Galliers Homes sister company Cameron Homes have increased their financial support for girl’s Handball across the Midlands to a record breaking £45,000.
The funding is the largest ever non-government backed investment in British Handball and will be used in the delivery of Handball courses across 20 schools in Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, Walsall and Leicestershire over the next three years. The funding will also help support two female clubs, Olympia Cannock and B73 Handball, based in Sutton Coldfield.
The initial investment scheme - launched in July 2015 - has already had a dramatic effect on the region, with Staffordshire Girls winning the National County Championships and Olympia Cannock providing the National Youth Player of the Year – Atalia Imbanga.
Nenad Popovic, CEO and founder of ScoreUK, the consultancy currently running the programme said “This is a tremendous commitment by Cameron Homes and a great opportunity for schools in the region to embrace the sport at no cost. We have enlisted three of the top coaches in the country to deliver to schools to ensure that the region will continue to produce top female players.”
Ian Burns, Managing Director of Cameron said “Cameron and sister company Galliers are delighted to extend our involvement in girls Handball following the success of the initial year. With the very best coaches on board, we are sure that the scheme will have a major impact on Women’s sport in the region.”
Following the initiative of sister company Cameron Homes, Galliers will be looking to expand the initiative with schools in the shrewsbury area.
The funding announcement comes ahead of Women’s Sport Week (3-9 October) and is expected to breathe life into the sport, which had its elite level funding completely cut by UK Sport following the London 2012 Olympics.