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What is Generation Handball?
Generation Handball has a strong, international handball tournament as its foundation, but with numerous of other activities and events, Generation Handball is much more than an handball tournament: It’s a handball festival. Generation Handball has three main pillars: FUN, FIGHT, FRIENDSHIP, and we aim to be The friendliest handball festival in the world. Youth teams in the age of 10-21 years can participate, and there are no specific level requirements. We also have a senior tournament for professional senior teams and a beach handball tournament for the youth teams.
In 2019, 202 youth teams, 28 senior teams, and 64 referees from 19 different countries participated.
When is Generation Handball?
The festival is always held in week 31. In 2021, the festival is from 2 August to 7 August. Unfortunately, the 2020 festival has been cancelled due to Corona virus. In 2021, the festival begins on Monday 2 August, and the Generation Handball tournament matches begin on Tuesday 3 August at 8 AM. The finals are played on Saturday 7 August, and the last matches will be finished around 4-5 PM. Beach handball begins on Monday 2 August around 3 PM.
How and when do we register?
You register on the registration page. The deadline for both registration and the last payment for all players’ accommodation and team fee is 15 May. It’s possible to add more players later.
Visa application for Denmark
Generation Handball is pre-approved for digital invitation to foreign teams, which makes the visa process easier. We need the following information about the players of your foreign team that needs a Danish visa in order to make an invitation letter: Full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue date, passport expiration date, and e-mail address.
Most countries can start the process of visa application three months prior to the festival, i.e. 2 May 2021. Please, apply for your visa as soon as possible as we need final confirmation of your participation by 15 May. If your passport will expire within six months after Generation Handball, we encourage you to renew your passport before the visa application in order to speed up the application process.
How do we get to Generation Handball in Viborg, Denmark?
Generation Handball is in Viborg, Denmark, which is one of the oldest cities in the country. The closest airports are Billund (90 km.), Aalborg (90 km.), and Karup (28 km.). We can help you arrange a bus from either ferries (Hirtshals (147 km.) and Frederikshavn (143 km.)) or from any airport in the country including Copenhagen (330 km.) or Hamburg in Germany (360 km.).
Please, check out extra services on the registration page for more information about prices. The prices include a return trip, and you decide the time of pick-up yourselves.
Transportation during the festival
Almost everything is within walking distance. Two accommodation sites are 2 km.s away from the festival site, and they have free shuttle buses running from early morning to midnight every 30 minutes. Two arenas are 8 km.s away also with a free shuttle bus. There is no need to arrange your own transportation during the festival, and family/spectators may also use the free shuttle buses.
What kind of accommodation can we choose?
We have different accommodation packages either with or without extra services (mattreses, duvet, pillow, and bedlinen). You can find the prices on the registration page.
Early arrival or later departure
You can arrive either on 31 July 2021, 1 August 2021, or 2 August 2021 and leave on either 7 or 8 August 2021. This allows especially foreign handball clubs to get better airplane tickets. The price of extra nights can be found on the registration page.
When will we know where we are going to stay?
When you check in at the information desk, you will receive information about your accommodation. Our staff will take you to your accommodation site to ensure that everything is as you wished for.
Generation Handball has its own camping site right at the festival site with toilet and bathing facilities in the arena right next to the camping area (check out the registration page). Alternatively, we recommend family members to find accommodation either at hotels (check out special GH hotel prices on the registration page), bed & breakfasts, hostels, or camping sites in or near the city of Viborg.
There are washing machines at the festival site. Check out washing card prices on the registration page.
What meals do we get?
Teams that choose accommodation through Generation Handball get three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The menu will be available on the meals’ page in July. We are happy to accommodate dietary considerations if you inform us prior to the festival. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Where are the meals served?
All meals are served in the food hall at the festival site with a few exceptions as some accommodation sites serve breakfast.
Can we buy extra meals?
Extra meal tickets e.g. for parents or siblings can be bought at the information desk at least one day in advance. Team that have not booked accommodation may also buy tickets for meals in advance. Find ticket prices on the registration page.
If your team buys extra nights, you’ll get three extra meals; the following dinner, breakfast, and lunch.
Rules of the tournament
Please, read the rules of the tournament for information about the rules both in the general tournament and in the beach tournament. This page also contains information about ball sizes, classes etc.
The match schedule will be online early July and can be found on our website and through the app. The matches begin on Tuesday at 8 AM. The teams are guaranteed a minimum of six matches during the week, and there’ll be at least one match per team per day.
All teams can register for the beach handball tournament for free. The match schedule for the beach handball tournament will be ready at least one day in advance. The matches begin on Monday, and it’s a win/lose tournament. The winner advances to the next game. The matches are played during the evenings on the festival site, and they will not interfere with the match schedule of the general tournament.
U-11, U-13, and U-15 who play outdoor matches are allowed to use football boots on the Ringkjøbing Landbobanken and Svane Rent Outdoor arenas. Football boots are not allowed on the Stadium courts.
Your team can book indoor court time in an arena at the festival site, if you arrive earlier (Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before the festival) or leave later (Saturday or Sunday at the end of the festival). Booking is done through ProCup.
Buy special Generation Handball festival T-shirts for your team. You can even get your name and player number printed on your shirt. Read more on the registration page.