Wirral Handball Club 2005/06
Club (WHC) was formed in 1998 through the merger of Setia Handball Club (men), Birkenhead Ladies Handball Club and Wirral
Mini Handball club. The merger was brought about to focus the activities of the 3 clubs into one single entity that would
develop the sport across the borough for all age groups.
1st team competes at a national level in Division 1, in which they have competed regularly since 1974!! Of the
current squad of 14 players, almost all have represented England or Great Britain at various levels and no fewer than 6 have
captained their country including the Captain of the current England men’s side. The age of the first team squad ranges
from 16-39, but youth is to the fore and 7 of the players are included in the Great Britain u-19 development programme, which
is aiming towards the 2012 Olympic games in London.
senior team also competes at a National level in Division 1. Like the men’s team the first team squad is young, with
all bar one of the player’s under 20 years. In the most recent England-Scotland internationals, Wirral provided 7 players
for the England u-20 side.
and mini level the club has a representative sides competing regionally. The u-11 Mini team is the only club that has been
at every National Mini Championship since it began in 1995, finishing runners-up on two occasions and winning the ‘plate’
competition once. The junior section is the also very strong and competes regularly. The u-13 team has won the North West
League Division 1 title for the past two years. The junior teams also compete Internationally and have played in tournaments
in Belgium, Scotland, Croatia and Italy in recent years, including entry into the prestigious Interamnia in Teramo for the
past two years.
In it previous
guise as Birkenhead H.C the club won 3 consecutive men’s National Titles in the late 70’s and were Double winners
in ’77. They were among the first British sides to compete in the European Champions Cup and last appeared in European
competition in ’87 when they entered the IHF Cup (handballs equivalent of football’s EUFA cup). Despite no further
silverware the Wirral has always been one of the big 4 clubs in the UK. Finishing runners-up on several occasions in recent
years in all three major competitions, National League, British Cup and Super Cup.
terms the club is well respected and members have been asked to sit on national committee’s and executives. Even representing
the sport nationally at Sports Council, British Olympic Association and Central Council for Physical Recreation meetings.
as playing and administrating, the club has also provided many national team coaches and managers. Plus providing several
of the countries top referees. The UK’s current top couple are members of the club and have already officiated at several
has two main objectives:
· For all teams from junior to senior levels to compete at the highest level
· To develop and promote the sport throughout the borough.