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Festival site - everything in one place

The festival site is located at Eksecerpladsen, 8800 Viborg.

The Generation Handball festival site hosts a great number of events and activities that make Generation Handball so much more than just a handball tournament. That's why we call Generation Handball a handball festival. The festival site is totally unique. All matches, activities, events, and accommodation is within walking distance. The festival site consists of tents, regular handball courts both indoor and outdoor, beach handball courts, activities, shops etc. Enjoy a great atmosphere accompanied by music and happy faces of participants.

Festival shops
On the site, you will find various shops where you can buy food, drinks, sports equipment, and other things that you need during a handball tournament. You can also purchase Generation Handball merchandise as extra mementos from Generation Handball.

Events and activities
When the handball matches of the day are done, there are plenty of opportunities for you to spend your excess energy in Generation Handball’s event area. Access to the event area is free, and participants may take a break from handball to enjoy the company of their teammates and make new friends with players from other cities and countries. The event area contains two beach handball courts, a big jumping pillow, gaming area, leisure tents, and much more.
SATS is located right at the festival site. Get your tickets with a special Generation Handball discount at 50 DKK/8 EUR per entrance at the information desk. There's a free spinning session on Wednesday (read more in the programme). Only 15+ y.o.

Training camp
Is your team arriving early or leaving late? No problem - make your own training camp. We offer accommodation, food, and indoor court hours (extra charge) from Saturday in week 30 to Sunday in week 31.

Information desk
The info desk is located at Tingvej 5, 8800 Viborg.
The info desk is there to answer your questions about Generation Handball and the tournament. Find the opening hours in the programme.. You can also get a map of the site, see the match schedule, and much more. Check-in and check-out also takes place through the information desk. When you check in, your team will receive a "goodie bag" with more information and player cards that give access to all activities and events.

Viborg Police Department and Viborg Regional Hospital are both located close to the festival site. If an unfortunate incident occurs, you can report theft, vandalism, and other damage at the police station, and injured players have direct access to the emergency department at the hospital, when they have been referred through the Generation Handball physiotherapists.
Photos: Meny (food, snacks, drinks), Peter Larsen kaffe (coffee shop), and Sportigan (sporting goods) are some of the shops at the festival site

Have a look at our cool festival site and the Generation Handball atmosphere here! Text continues below the video

McDonald's beach handball tournament

All teams may join the McDonald's beach handball tournament in the evening (FREE). The McDonald's beach handball tournament is held at the beach handball courts on the festival site. Participation in this extra tournament is free of extra charge, and we will coordinate your beach handball matches with your indoor or outdoor handball matches. Read more about the dates in the programme.

The beach handball courts are for the general use during the rest of the handball festival, and there will be a host of opportunities to arrange and play friendly games.

In 2019, we're upgrading the beach handball setup with a beach handball office located right at the festival site. We'll have more officials, and we put a big focus on aligning all referees to referee by the same beach handball rules.

Furthermore, please, be aware that 2019 will be played by international elite beach handball rules. Click HERE to read the tournament rules (including more info about beach handball).

U-17 and U-20 play Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
U-15, U-13, and U-11 play Thursday and Friday.

Photo: Handball players playing beach handball at Generation Handball.

Health tent

In the health tent, we have teamed up with some of the most skilled practitioners in order to ensure you the best possible help and treatment for both mind and body during the festival. Read more about each practitioner below. You will find the health tent at the festival site.
Physiatric sports massage

Sore muscles after a day with many handball matches? Check out physiatric sports massage by Claus and Stephanie. Claus is former professional handball player, and in his leisure time, he excels in tennis. Stephanie plays for Bjerringbro FH and has previously played for Silkeborg-Voel KFUM. The sports massage was fully booked for its debut in 2018, so make sure to book your scheduled massage before it's too late! The exact available hours can be found in the Generation Handball programme.

The price is 100 DKK/14 EUR for 20 minutes of sports massage, and you of course get to choose the duration yourself. Find the sports massage in the health tent at the festival site.
FysioDanmark's physiotherapy

The skilled physiotherapists from FysioDanmark ensure that injured players get a quick and effective treatment free of charge, and they are available all day from Tuesday to Saturday when Generation Handball general tournament matches are played.

Please, consult with the physiotherapists before making contact with the emergency department at the hospital unless in case of need of acute help.

Friendship Parade

On Thursday, all festival participants get ready for the Friendship Parade, which begins and finishes at the festival site. Twisting and winding through the streets of the city of Viborg, the Friendship Parade guarantees an amazing party atmosphere, lots of flags from all participating nations, the Friendship Parade song, and a jolly mood! The Friendship Parade even runs through the amazing Viborg dome.

Check out this video to experience the special parade atmosphere: Text continues below the video

Team activities with Niels Christian

Photo: Team activity "the Slingshot".

Through team activities, teams participating in Generation Handball get an absolutely unique “first come, first served” opportunity to take a closer look at the mechanisms that are influencing the social interactions between the teammates.

Besides being involved in handball as coach, Niels Christian Pedersen has over time obtained an exceedingly exhaustive knowledge about team management at all levels in the world of handball – both the individual and the team based kind. Presently, he works as a consulting team instructor with his own company Sequi as starting point. He has previously been team instructor of both Danish A and youth national teams as well as many youth and senior teams at a wide range of levels right from the U-14 class to the best national league. For the last 15 years, he has instructed on the Danish Handball Association’s course for coaches “Team Management and Psychology”, just as a number of public state institutions like the Danish Ministry of Taxation, Banedanmark (administration of Danish railway and infrastructure), and several municipalities and also private companies such as Lego, Siemens, Dansk Supermarked, and many more have benefitted a lot from Niels Christian Pedersen’s qualifications.

During Generation Handball, Niels Christian Pedersen offers team activities for teams at all levels, and it is guaranteed to be entertaining. The team activities can contribute amazing knowledge about the team and its strengths and weaknesses, and coaches can benefit from this knowledge in their future work with player development. Possible focuses could be clarifying hierarchies or visualising the processes that form the basis of a team’s behaviour. Activities such as the catapult, the traffic jam, and the pipeline will definitely ensure lots of fun. Other interesting and even more in-depth activities could be analyses of goals and aims and clarification of values just as it also will be possible to have the team’s personal profiles analyses.

Enjoy this small inspirational video about team activities: Text continues below the video

Newton Fitness

Try out Newton Fitness training at Generation Handball. Find the scheduled times in the programme and simply show up. Newton Fitness is funny to look at but even funnier to be part of - and it's in fact also a very effective type of training. Newton Fitness takes place at the McDonald's beach courts every day during the festival (or in the VIP tent in case of poor weather).

The entire point of Newton Fitness is that it can be done anywhere. It's a quite new weight training concept that uses Indian clubs (wooden exercise clubs). This training philosophy has been used for more than 200 years especially in military settings and sports. Newton Fitness has developed a subgroup of the training concept, which is ideal for handball players.
Newton Fitness with Indian clubs mainly focuses on the shoulder joint. When you learn to train with Indian clubs, you'll be able to effectively prevent injuries, improve your level of performance, and of course also increase your shoulder's stability. Training with Indian clubs could be described as both complex and simple. Indian clubs provide both mobility, stability, and strength especially when in motion.

A warm and strong joint daily performing in extreme positions is very difficult to injure when its movements takes place in orderly conditions. By pushing the shoulder joint to extreme positions numerous of times during work out, the movements will be like a massage for muscles of the shoulder joint and the neck. Increasing your shoulder's strength and stability carries a reduced work load to the joint e.g. when throwing a ball.

Newton Fitness ApS is a Danish sports company, and they have developed a training concept that supports the game of handball.

Bowling at Bowl'n'Fun

Your team gets access to FREE BOWLING at Bown'n'Fun every afternoon during Generation Handball. Find the exact times in the schedule. It's first come first served.

Bowl'n'Fun is located right next to the festival site (located on the first floor by the same entrance as the Generation Handball food hall).

Show matches

Enjoy amazing show matches every night at Generation Handball. Every year, some of Europe's best senior handball teams join Generation Handball with a pre-season training camp. During the daytime, the teams have indoor practices in different arenas in Viborg, and in the evenings, they play exciting friendly games. Admission is free for EVERYONE - including those that aren't participating in Generation Handball. We even live stream some of the matches on our Facebook page.

Check out the match schedule in the GH app.

Swimming pools

Recover, relax, and have fun in both indoor and outdoor swimming pools in Viborg city. All Generation Handball participants get free admission to both swimming pools. The indoor one is called Viborg Svømmehal (Swimming pool), and the outdoor pool is called "Vestbadet" very closed to the accommodation site Vestervang skole/school, which also has a shuttle bus.

U-11, U-13, and U-15 are also invited to a very cool pool party on Wednesday evening. There will be music and a great atmosphere.

Check out this video from the indoor swimming pool: Text continues below the video Regular swimwear is of course allowed

Musical team building with Nicolaj

Check out the programme to see when you and your team get the chance of experiencing musical team building Nicolaj Holmboe.

Write your own song about your team’s values and become closer doing a funny activity, which you most likely have never tried before. It’s going to be funny and educational, and you must think “out of the box” and definitely “out of the handball court” during this exercise that really strengthens team spirit. By the way, Nicolaj is the man behind our amazing Friendship parade song - "it's FUN, it's FIGHT, and it's FRIENDSHIP!"

Find the exact scheduled sessions in the Generation Handball programme.

Poker night

Join Generation Handball's poker night and show your skills and poker face. There are also exciting prizes! (only 18+ years old)
Poker night is on Wednesday at 20:00-23:00. Register either through ProCup (for teams) or by e-mailing us at

Photo: Poker night in 2018

DGI Handball

If you just can’t get enough of handball, here’s something new and different for you and your teammates: Try out Five-a-side and Street Handball with DGI Handball. DGI Handball is a Danish sports organisation, and in 2019, they're planning to be an even bigger part of Generation Handball. Await more info about exciting new activities!

DGI Street handball (no registration – just show up!): Street handball is funny to watch but even more funny to play. It’s played on the asphalt street where the “sky is limit”, but in fact, it could be played anywhere, and that’s exactly the spirit of it: Handball can be played anywhere, and it’s a matter of having fun. Challenge your own and your teammates' creativity when you show off your coolest tricks. There are no specific rules, and the DGI staff will guide you.
The green street handball ball is soft and is easily catched and controlled, which is why street handball is a game that everyone can participate in regardless of previous handball experience.

Five-a-side (with or without registration): Five-a-side is a new concept and handball game where you play 5 against 5 in high speed. DGI has developed an entirely new type of ball that fits the style of the game. In Five-a-side, there’s no actual goal keeper, and the first player to be on his or hers own part of the court to defend the goal acts as goal keeper. Each match has a duration of 8 minutes, which makes the matches short and intense.
If you would like to join, you just show up at the Five-a-side court at the parade courts (check out the programme for schedule). Teams can play either if they show up or if the match is planned in advance - we're open to both. We'll make small tournaments, and each tournament can include four (4) teams, so hurry up! The winner of the tournament wins Five-a-side handballs.

GH ESport

During Generation Handball, ACES makes an incredible Esport area in the party tent. ACES cooperates with Campus Vejle, UBISOFT, and STATE Energy, and together they offer an amazing opportunity to experience Esport. Esport and computer games go very well with the three pillars of Generation Handball - FUN FIGHT FRIENDSHIP - as Esport strengthens skills within cooperation, communication, concentration, and coordination. These skills are also very important in other sports, and we look forward to mixing Esport and handball to learn from a combination of the two sports.

Join ACES Generation Handball Esport in the party tent at the festival site. Find the scheduled times in the programme.

Djurs Sommerland

Visit Scandinavia’s biggest summerland with Generation Handball! This is a chance for you and your team to spice up your week at Generation Handball with yet another great experience. Djurs Sommerland offers many exciting rides and is always a provider of fun and thrill! Look forward to eight great themed areas, Danmark’s biggest roller coasters, the huge Aqua Park, and more than 60 rides. Generation Handball is happy to work with Djurs Sommerland that was elected Scandinavia’s best summerland in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Text continues below the photo Photo: Dragekongen, Safaribussen, and Jungle rally

NEW IN 2019: Tigeren (the Tiger) Denmark’s biggest Gyro Swin - more info later

Enjoy the rush on Denmark’s biggest roller coasters: The new Dragekongen (means "King of dragons") is guaranteed to take your breath away as you dive down at 85 km/h from 30 metres up. There are more world-class adrenaline rushes that await, as you experience being launched at up to 85 km/h around Denmark’s longest roller coaster, Juvelen (means "the Jewel"), and hurtle down from a height of 32 metres at 90 km/h in Piraten (means "the Pirate"). Jump aboard the Safaribussen (means "Safari bus") family ride for a fun-filled bus ride through the jungle. But hold on tight, because the tour is full of surprises when the driver starts driving in circles. Hop off at Jungle Rally, where young thrill-seekers can enjoy an exciting ride with the whole family in the brand-new children’s coaster.

Bondegårdsland – for children and playful parents: Bondegårdsland (means "Farmer country") has 10 exciting rides for everyone. Why not try a free-fall from the water towers, or flying along the roller coaster in a flurry of chicken feathers.

Huge Aqua Park and more than 60 rides and attractions: With more than 60 rides and attractions, time just flies by. But don’t forget to visit the huge Aqua Park, where sunshine can be enjoyed by the water’s edge or at full speed on one of the many water slides.

Generation Handball prices
Admission ticket: 240 DKK/32 EUR per person (normal price 290/39 EUR DKK)
Bus ticket: FREE/0 DKK per person in Generation Handball bus shared with other teams on 28 July, 29 July, or 3 August 2019: Departure from Viborg at 08:30 and 12:00. Departure from Djurs Sommerland at 15:00 and 18:00. It is also possible to book your own bus for your team - read more on the extra services page HERE.
These are the updated 2019 prices, and they are valid from 27 July to 7 August 2019. Participants and their family members can make use of the special Generation Handball price

Facts about Djurs Sommerland
- It is Scandinavia’s biggest summerland
- The park has 8 themed areas: Vikingeland (means "Viking country"), Piratland (means "Pirate country"), Mexicoland (means "Mexico country"), Westernland (means "Western country"), Vandland (means "Aqua/water country"), Afrikaland (means "Africa country"), Bondegårdsland (means "Farmer country"), and Sommerland (means "Summer country").
- It has Denmark’s biggest roller coasters: Piraten, Juvelen, and Dragekongen.
- It has a huge Aqua Park
- It has more than 60 rides
- The park constitutes an area as large as 70 soccer fields

Video: Roller coasters from Djurs Sommerland

gh Photo: Rides at Djurs Sommerland

TH Sport's bumper balls, segways etc

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