PLAY HANDBALL promotes handball as a new game in South Africa to empower the youth, especially girls, and create an open-minded society without cultural, gender and racial boundaries based on respect, mutual support and unity. Teaching life skills by experience, team sport and multi-cultural exchange, PLAY HANDBALL offers the youth a tool to empower themselves and grow up to become responsible members of our society.
Where we want to be?
Using Handball to empower the youth, especially girls, and create an open-minded society without cultural, gender and racial boundaries based on respect, mutual support and unity!
How we work meeting our vision?
PLAY HANDBALL promotes and establishes handball as a new game in South Africa, contributing to a more diverse and gender-inclusive sport environment and finally more possibilities for the youth to get their involvement in sport.
We use handball as an engine to empower youth, especially young women, and cross racial boundaries. As handball has no history in the country and played equally by both genders over the world, it serves as an ideal setting within which to promote dialogue and empowerment. The sport also requires little equipment and is low cost, allowing it to be played everywhere.
We believe that our handball approach can positively contribute towards and community uplifting. It promotes both cognitive motor skills (such as physical and mental health, coordination or improved concentration) and life skills (such as team spirit, discipline, responsibility and self-confidence).
As such, participating youth are less likely to become involved in criminal or violent activities, to join gangs, try drugs or engage in other anti-social behaviours.
PLAY HANDBALL ZA is a kick-starter, promoter and knowledge partner for handball in South Africa. We offer a handball tool-kit for other sports and development organisation to assist them implementing the sport within their programme framework. Working in co-operation with established local partners ensures that the activities are accessible and implemented where they are needed.
The approach is based on three main pillars:
1. Participation: a) Volunteer-Programme to assist organisations and communities in establishing handball, b) Events and competition to create a vibe and connect youth of different culture, social background or race;
2. Support: a) Equipment donations to enable schools and organisations playing the sport, b) Bilateral partnerships & knowledge alliances to enable knowledge transfer, access to best practice approaches and ensure innovation and development of our programme;
3.Qualification: a) Workshops to educate local coaches, b) Training manuals to provide guidance and support for local coaches.