The inaugural EHF Grassroots Market, took place at the impressive Maison du Handball in Créteil on the fringes of the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France.

Focusing on initiatives to encourage more people to start playing handball, the event shed light on the grassroots of the sport and asked the question: How do we encourage more people, of any age, to pick up handball and try playing the game, in any form?

Coaches and representatives from clubs and federations attended various presentations, trying out numerous games which use different, smartly-designed handballs, aimed at making the game easier to learn and more attractive to children and young people.

One example of the presentations on offer was Goalcha, a street version of handball which uses a squeezable ball, making it earlier to grip and handle.

Another creative innovation was Playfinity, which combines technology and sport. The ball includes a chip which connects to a corresponding app on a mobile phone or tablet, with the system registering almost everything that can be measured inside a ball: speed, air time, bounces and even if it is being caught or not.