Sandball on the Beach, in it’s second year, is a beach event run by Newquay Handball Club. Beach handball is quite possibly the most fun you can have on the beach, a fast end to end game which hates draws and rewards showboating. With Watergate Bay as the backdrop, sport doesn’t get much better!
On 2 August anyone over 16 can join in on the Sandball tournament at Watergate Bay. Including a healthy mix of experienced players and people trying the sport for the first time it’s set to be a great day!
How did Sandball tournaments in Newquay come about?
Sandball 2013 was a great day, a mini tournament consisting of 4 teams and attracting the likes of Aden Williams from the UK’s no1 team, Salford. It was unanimously enjoyed by participants and spectators alike and gave Newquay Handball Club some good exposure.
One of the highlights was a kids game after the main event. Seeing the excitement on their faces and their infectious enthusiasm was inspiring. They were mimicking the spectacular 360 barrel shots on show from some of the adults.
Why has Watergate Bay been chosen as the venue?
Watergate is a beautiful place, the beach is flat, and it has become a great venue for sporting events like Polo and surf competitions. It’s brilliant for NHC to be part of that.
Can you tell us why people should get involved in Sandball?
Handball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, with Newquay at the forefront, plus it’s the second most popular sport in Europe. The excitement of Handball + Newquay’s awesome beaches = massive win!
What is about the sport that you particularly like?
Goalkeepers in Sandball have quite a unique role, as the defending team they are in goal as normal, but as soon as the team has the ball back the goalkeeper joins the attack. If he / she scores, it counts double. As a goalkeeper myself, this has to be my favourite rule.
Outfield players can get in on the double pointer too, with barrel shots, fakes, reverse shots; basically showing off! It makes for a great game to play or watch!
Get a team together and join us at Watergate Bay on August 2!