Tommy Vedstesen, club chairman, was instrumental in forging this relationship. After visiting Ealing and West London representatives in London last May during the EHA Cup finals at the Copper Box he has been in continuous touch to build up this partnership and made the initiative possible.
U16 and U19 boys and girls had the chance to take part to several practise sessions last Sunday and last Tuesday with Tommy and two other passionate and experienced coaches, Frank Olsen and Malene Stolberg.
With Denmark a leading handball nation and Vidar Ulkebol handball club having contributed to the development of several national team players, this was a truly exceptional opportunity for the U16 and U19 to improve their handball. All players had a great time and really enjoyed the sessions.
Both clubs are now working on establishing a long-term relationship.
Words from Tommy were full of encouragement after his visit:
“Thanks for some wonderful days, with lots of great experiences and funny moments. I am still smiling, thinking about how much the players got out of it, and I hope you will continue the good work you do, with the players. I hope this will be the beginning of a profitable period, for both clubs.”
Although some coaches from other London clubs could not attend because of games, a few from London Angels and close-by secondary schools also benefitted from the practise delivered by Tommy, Malene and Frank. Future initiatives will seek to increase the support given to coaches across various clubs if the interest is there.
A big thank you to the club of Vidar Ulkebol Handball Club for their vibrant enthusiasm and for the genuine interest in the development of handball in England.
Ealing and West London representatives stated: "We are hugely grateful to Tommy and his colleagues from Vidar Ulkbol Handball Club for the excellent sessions they ran in West London. The players thoroughly enjoyed the quality, intensity and fun of these sessions and we look forward to repeating the exercise as we develop the relationship between our clubs."
Vidar-Ulkebøl Handball Club history:
Established over 40 years ago as part of a community club called Ulkebøl I.U. (UIU) who joined forces in 2010 with Vidar Handball, has now over 200 active players, 40 coaches and assistant coaches and 12 youth teams. The club is known for its ability to produce players with good technical skills and have participated in the development of talents for the Danish national teams including Jan Paulsen, Lars Christiansen, Merethe Møller and Anders Zachariassen.
The club's philosophy is to develop the players so that they maintain the desire to play handball throughout their lives.
Ealing and West London Eagles are committed to embrace this philosophy.