The Scottish Handball Association welcomed a youth boys team from Germany over the Easter Holiday as part of a sporting and cultural exchange.
The boys play with the Henstedt-Ulzburg club which is an area close to the major German city of Hamburg. The club run more than 20 teams of all ages – men and women, girls and boys, Primary School age through to Secondary School and adults.
The visit came about after the Scotland boys (2002/03) took part in the Ulzburg Cup – the host club’s annual tournament which is now in its 42nd year.
After being so warmly received by their German hosts when taking part in last years tournament, The Scotland Boys and the SHA were keen to return the friendliness and so plans were made for a cultural and sporting experience across a busy weekend.
Based at the National Performance Centre at Oriam, three games in the three days were scheduled along with a visit to the capital city including Princess Street, the Gardens and Edinburgh Castle.
The matches saw the German boys play against different age group teams which proved to be a great learning opportunity for all. Two of the games were a real challenge for the younger Scotland age group squad while the match with the older age group was a thrilling game that ended in a draw.
At the end of the weekend everyone was exhausted but looking forward to continuing the camaraderie with a training camp the next possibility in this new and on-going friendship.