Changzhou adventures with Generation Handball: “A once in a lifetime experience”

Photo: The U-18 boys from Bjerringbro-Silkeborg with their Chinese opponents.

On 11 July 2018, a Chinese handball adventure began when 16 handball players and three coaches from Bjerringbro-Silkeborg U-18 boys started their journey to Changzhou, China. The trip is organised by Generation Handball, and it is the third time that a team through Generation Handball gets a chance of participating in this tournament organised by the Chinese Handball Association.

The team arrived on 12 July and had three days with sightseeing and cultural experiences in China’s largest city Shanghai that has over 23 millions of inhabitants. On 15 July, the handball tournament began in Changzhou, which is one hour outside of Shanghai.

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Photo: The team in Shanghai Tower, which is the world’s 2nd tallest building.

Indeed a once in a lifetime experience
“It’s been amazing so far to visit China, as it’s a completely different culture. Handballwise, we’ve been quite superior to the Chinese teams, but we got a chance of trying out some new ideas. Moreover, this is my last experience as a youth handball player,” says Bjerringbro-Silkeborg player Jens Dolberg.
In two weeks, Jens Dolberg begins another adventure when he gets his debut on Bjerringbro-Silkeborg’s senior team, which will be playing a show match against ØIF Arendal during Generation Handball.

Bjerringbro-Silkeborg U-18 boys’ coach Anders Friis agrees: “This has been an incredible experience for the boys, and they are getting together on a whole new and different level on this trip. This is a once in a lifetime experience that they can look back on later in their handball careers.”

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Photo: Delicious Chinese food has been an experience in itself.

Generation Handball’s thriving cooperation with the Chinese Handball Association
In Changzhou, Generation Handball CEO and manager Jens Steffensen met with Chinese Handball Association manager Victoria.
“We appreciate this cooperation with Generation Handball and the city of Viborg in general, where the Chinese national teams have been on training camps several times. Our friendship and cooperation will flourish even more in the coming year, and it is our goal that even more Chinese handball teams can participate in Generation Handball in the future. Furthermore, the Chinese Handball Association will also try to focus more on education of Chinese handball coaches,” says manager of the Chinese Handball Association Victoria.

Generation Handball teamed up with the Chinese Handball Association many years ago, and the cooperation is thriving. Our exchange agreement has through the time allowed many teams to get great experiences in totally different surroundings.
In 2016, Team Tvis Holstebro participated in the Chinese Handball Association’s tournament, and last year, it was Slagelse HK. The tournament takes place in a different city each year, and the tournament management is yet to decide where it will be in 2019. Likewise have many Chinese teams participated in Generation Handball.

“Combining holiday and handball is a different and very rewarding way to be on holiday, and I thoroughly recommend it to others,” elaborates Bjerringbro-Silkeborg U-18 boys’ coach Anders Friis. Anders Friis is also joining his team during Generation Handball from 30 July to 4 August when they participate in the U-19 boys class.

If your team is interested in great experiences and participation in the Chinese Handball Association’s tournament next summer, Generation Handball looks forward to hearing from you. We also cooperate with Stord Cup and Storhamar Cup in Norway. The exchange agreements apply to teams that participate in Generation Handball.

Photo: Chinese Handball Association manager Victoria and Generation Handball CEO and manager Jens Steffensen are ready to a new year of cooperation.