The European Open Day of Handball


The EHF’s involvement in the
#BeActive European Week of Sport

Based on an EHF Executive Committee decision the European Handball Federation (EHF) signed a promotional partnership agreement with the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture concerning ‘The European Week of Sport’.

All EHF Member Federations and their clubs were invited to promote the idea of #BeActive by contributing and giving a signal to the public how attractive handball-related activities can be for everyone. From mini handball, street handball, beach handball to handball at school, handball fitness and wheelchair handball a great variety of activities was on offer for everyone on grassroots level.

Besides assisting the promotion of the EU #BeActive campaign the EHF also promoted the European Open Day of Handball (within the #BeActive European Week of Sport 7 to 13 September).

The EHF ‘European Open Day of Handball’ campaign was launched by proposing handball related activities to the 50 EHF member federations on national, regional and local level. More than 20 years after the most successful EHF grassroot campaign, the ‘European Day of mini handball’ on the 1 October 1994 the EHF wanted to involve as many handball players, youngsters and school kids, parents and teachers as possible in handball related activities with the help of the EHF member federations and their clubs.

The 7 to 13 September fitted perfectly into the club calendar as teams all over Europe were preparing for the new competition season or had already started it. That is why the handball halls and outdoor facilities were easily made accessible for the public, especially for school kids, parents and teachers as an open handball house.

In principle everybody had the chance to take part, and to become a member of an enhanced handball community, committed to physical and social activities.

Despite the short amount of time available to organise activities and promote the campaign, 14 member nations were involved in various ways and these countries were:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, England, France, FYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia.