Photo: Bjerringbro-Silkeborg vs. ØIF Arendal in 2017.
23 show matches will be played during Generation Handball 2018. Some of the best professional senior teams from Scandinavia and Europe will join the FUN, FIGHT, FRIENDSHIP in week 31 when they arrive on Monday 30 July or the days before like the youth teams.
Some of the professional senior teams will get their debut at the festival this year, but many of these senior teams have by now actually become old friends of Generation Handball: They have for many years in a row chosen to join the festival for a great pre-season preparation and training camp, and we highly appreciate that.
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Photo: Senior show matches at Generation Handball 2018.
One of the teams returning in 2018 is Norwegian ØIF Arendal. They play in the best Norwegian league Eliteserien, and they ended up with a nice third place in the season of 2017/2018.
When asked about the team’s participation in Generation Handball, ØIF Arendal coach Marinko Kurtovic explains: “We have participated in Generation Handball since the festival started five years ago, and we have experienced the festival’s amazing development over the years. At Generation Handball, we get a very unique opportunity to play against top-level opponents during our pre-season preparations. Moreover, Generation Handball does an amazing job organising our stay.”
This year, ØIF Arendal will be playing against Haukar from Iceland and Danish GOG and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. All of these three teams also play in the respective national best leagues.
A multitude of events
Generation Handball CEO and manager Jens Steffensen is happy to welcome the many senior teams to Generation Handball. In total, 23 teams will be playing show matches during the festival week.
“There is a multitude of events and so much to do at Generation Handball. It’s one of our main goals that the participants always have something exciting to experience. The senior show matches are part of that, and each evening, the indoor sports halls will frame an exciting atmosphere where the youth handball players get to see many of their idols in live action,” says Jens Steffensen.
Many of the senior teams will be staying at Generation Handball during the week, having training sessions in the daytime and playing matches in the evenings. The senior players will also be eating at the Generation Handball food hall.
“The senior handball players are important role models to the large numbers of youth handball players that will take part in Generation Handball. The youth players might for example get to eat right next to their big idols in the food hall. I hope that the presence of the senior teams will inspire young handball players to strive to improve as handball players and teammates,” elaborates Jens Steffensen.