About Us

Founding of the Club

Damien Noel, Karim Hammache and Gregory Pinoteau, old friends frustrated at not being able to play their beloved sport in the rainy city founded Manchester Handball Club in September 2003.

No awareness of the sport by local authorities, no court marked anywhere, no sports hall to train in, no funding... all these were never going to stop them: their motivation was simply too great!

Slowly but surely, with adverts posted there and then, the silent army of handball amateurs living in Manchester got in touch, allowing the club to slowly but steadily develop. Men's registration with the England Handball Association following suit and entry in Division 2 and promotion to Division 1 in its first season of existence.

From the start, the club's ideals were two fold:
1) "Competition and Leisure Handball for everyone"
2) "Engaging people through Sport and Promoting Cultural Diversity"

After building a very successful Men's team which participated in no less than 3 European Cups, Head Coach Karim Hammache started work on the Women's section of the club in October 2010. Meanwhile, the Men's teams continue to achieve success, with the Super 8 team finishing third in 2012-2013 and qualifying for another European Cup, and the formation of a second development team that completed their first season in the North-West Development League 2012-2013.

Launching the Women's Club

Regular taster and training sessions were organised, attracting more and more girls to the sport.

By October 2011, the Women's had enough numbers to train separately from the Men's and this culminated in participation in their first ever tournament, Liverpool International Tournament in May 2012. Since then, they have completed their first season in the Women's Northern League, and are now looking to go from strength to strength!

Our vision for the future

Today, as well as being a sports club, MHC gathers people from many different backgrounds who all have in common a great interest in the sport and are keen to contribute on and off the court in making Manchester Handball Club a great team!