Handball legacy alive and throwing in MK

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Team GB handball captain Bobby White says he will be concentrating on coaching rather than trying to book a place at the Rio 2016 Olympics, writes Liam Andrews.

Goalkeeper White captained the national team at London 2012, but they failed to win any of their matches and went out of the competition in the group stage.

However, since the Games, the sport has become much more popular in the UK, and White is hoping to help develop the next generation of British handball Olympians.

He said: “For me personally, Rio is probably not going to happen for various reasons, and family is the most important because for the last five and a half years I’ve been training abroad.

“But now I’ve moved back to the UK to try and concentrate on family and developing the sport, so I will probably take more of a backseat in the next few years.

“I’m coming to the end of my career and helping develop kids is more important for me now, I’ve already played in various countries, including Greece, France, Austria and Denmark and had a great experience with that.

“I have achieved everything that I wanted to in that respect, including going to the Olympics, and for me there are bigger priorities now.”

White was speaking at an event where he refereed the first ever handball game for Milton Keynes College, as they faced Luton Sixth Form College who also were playing for the first time.

The match ended in a 40-20 victory for MK, but White praised both of the teams for their efforts, saying that the game was more equal than it looked.

He said: “I love helping out, especially with handball because it’s all about the legacy now that London has been and gone.

“It’s good for me to come into Luton Sixth Form College and Milton Keynes College, I’m from Milton Keynes so it’s great to see my home town participating in handball development.

“We knew that we were never going to win a medal at London 2012, handball was a very, and still is a minority sport in this country. But since the Games we have got so many more people inspired and wanting to take the sport up because of that exposure.

“The next Olympics might come a bit close (to challenge for a medal). But the Olympics afterwards maybe.

“We have got such a big population and so many talented kids in this country, that for me there is no reason why we can’t go on and compete at future Olympic Games – if we keep building on the legacy we already have.”