24 Hour Beach Tournament in Christchurch New Zealand

The Christchurch International
Open 24-Hour Beach Handball Tournament


Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd of December 2017

The Elmwood Club Urban Beach Court

83d Heaton Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Canterbury Handball is proud to host this unique 24hr beach handball event. Please see the attached information and register your interest at the contacts below. We will then be in touch personally with further registration details.


Important Dates/Deadlines


  • Expression of Interest (NZ$250 non-refundable deposit)   11th September 2017
  • Team Entry Registration  09th October 2017 (Balance of entry fee due)
  • International 24hour Tournament 2nd December 2017



Contact Details:


Canterbury Handball Association


Bank Details:

SBS Bank 031355 0630217 00





83D Heaton St

Strowan, Christchurch

New Zealand





The Urban Beach at the Elmwood Club was once a bowling green but was destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Since then it has been filled with 900 tonnes of fresh sand. It is New Zealand’s number 1 beach handball venue.


The area can hold 2 full sized beach courts with clean, debris free sand and has a clubhouse attached with an upstairs bar open to participants.

The Elmwood Club is the home of many Christchurch sports clubs. During the tournament other clubs affiliated with Elmwood will showcase their sports. The weekend will be a community event and the gates will remain open for the entire 24 hours of the tournament. Security will provide safety around the venue during the hours of darkness.



Elmwood Park is in near the heart of Christchurch close to Papanui Road about 15 min walk from Christchurch CBD. A supermarket, restaurants and shops are within walking distance.



From the airport, your team will be picked up and shuttled to your accommodation or venue. Canterbury Handball will assign you a local host to help you to get around and answer all your questions.



Due to the tournament being held over the Saturday night, the teams will only require accommodation for Friday and Sunday nights depending on travel arrangements. Canterbury Handball is working on accommodation options to help with these arrangements please advise us on your arrival and departure times.



For NZ$15 per person Canterbury Handball can provide a breakfast on the tournament Sunday. You can select your preferred choice at the time of registration.

Food stalls are available from 11 o’clock in the morning.

Water is available at any time.



 Tournament Briefing and official opening on Saturday at 11am.

The tournament starts at 12 noon on Saturday and ends 24hrs later on Sunday.


There will be three categories

  • Women’s
  • Men’s
  • Social mixed


Each category will consist of a maximum of 5 teams. The tournament will be played in a round robin format with the top four finishing teams going through to semi-finals and finals.


Night games, from 10pm-6am, have been allocated a longer 1hour time slot to allow athletes sufficient rest.


Referees will be rostered into the draw to allow sufficient rest for those who are player/refs.



Games will be officiated in accordance of the International Handball Federation Beach Handball rules. Score sheets will be handed to the tournament administration immediately after the game ends.


In event of a dispute Canterbury Handball will provide a Disciplinary and Dispute Committee.



Each Team will be provided with one complete set of uniforms for the tournament. (This is included in the registration fee). These uniforms will be yours to keep and sizes can be chosen on the registration form.



The men’s and women’s teams consists of maximum of 10 athletes.

The social mixed teams can have 10 athletes and must allow for 2 females to be present on court at all times.


Each team will name a minimum of 2 people to referee and teams will be asked to provide people for duty. These can be registered players and we will do our best to allow the officials sufficient rest time.



  • Alcohol is provided at the Venue, however this will be restricted and monitored. Misconduct by a single person will result in the disqualification of the entire team.
  • Before entering the clubhouse facilities, players must be clean and have appropriate footwear on.
  • There will be rest/sleeping areas and indoor/outdoor showers at the venue.
  • A Physio/First Aider will be on site to assist with minor injuries.
  • Sunscreen and water will be provided.



There are no postponement dates for this tournament. This means despite the weather the tournament will go ahead rain or shine. Canterbury weather is unpredictable even in summer so we urge all athletes to bring appropriate clothing to keep warm and dry.




  • Expression of Interest (NZ$250 non-refundable deposit)   11th September 2017
  • Team Entry Registration NZ$ 500  09th October 2017 (Balance of entry fee due)





As a member of the New Zealand Handball Federation, Canterbury Handball Association is granted the right to use photos and other graphic materials of players and officials as well as team names, logos, uniforms etc. for promotion of the sport.



The tournament director and organizing committee will act as the Disciplinary and Disputes Committee to decide on any dispute or disciplinary issue.

Current vacancies

We are currently looking for :

  • Both a Women's and Men's State Coaches
  • Women's and Men's Team Manager
  • A general Handball Vic Board Committee Member


The Position descriptions can be downloaded below. 


To Apply:

Please provide a letter outlining your interest and what you can bring to Handball VIC in this position until July 21, 2017.

If you need further clarification please do not hesitate to email Handball VIC handballvictoria@hotmail.com.


Handball Australia is seeking Youth Beach Handball National Players!

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) added three new sports at the Youth Olympics, which already take effect at this coming Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. One of these sports is Beach Handball and Australia is a hot contestant to send a junior team to South America.

The road to Buenos Aires goes through a couple of qualification stages. Firstly, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has to shortlist 4 sports for each boys and girls to see which sports Australia qualifies. Beach Handball is on that list and so far the teams are going strong. As Allira Hudson-Gofers, the juniors national coach and representative of Handball Australia explains: “The International Handball Federation (IHF) qualification pathway was first to place[our teams] in the top 2 in Oceania, which our boys won undefeated and the girls lost their final so made them the second qualifier as runners-up”.

The next qualifying step is the U17 World Championships in Mauritius from 11-16 July 2017. Hudson- Gofers mentions: “We need to be the top Oceania team there. Once qualified, the Australian Olympic Committee chooses from among the 4 shortlist depending on what other sports end up qualifying.”

Even though the team is going strong, the Australian beach teams are on the lookout for more players. “We are looking for 3 more boys and 4 girls,” said Allira Hudson-Gofers. To do so, a junior beach selection camp is held over the weekend of the 3-4 June in Brighton Le Sands in NSW. Allira also says: “If they want to be considered for selection they must turn up to this camp.” Therefore, if any 14-17 year old is interested representing Australia in beach handball, we are interested hearing of them. This is a once off chance to get into an up and coming sport, which we
hope will soon be also represented at the Olympic Games. For more information, contact your state handball association or Handball Australia directly.

For anyone else, who is interested to see what Beach Handball is all about, the women’s national team are having a training camp in Melbourne on the 17-18 June and train at South Melbourne beach. Spectators are welcome and any support is greatly appreciated.

Junior Coach wanted!

Handball Victoria is looking for enthusiastic people, who would like to help to promote a sport you love!

Handball Victoria is looking for individuals, who are willing to run youth trainings during our Sunday Handball league or on weekdays in the evening. You will receive a free induction and training course on how to run these sessions as well as materials with ideas and activities. Handball Victoria can also provide you with a certificate/statement if applicable, for example, if you need to do work experience of any sort.

What you must have:

– some experience in Handball (you do not have to be an expert)

– a good command of English

– a willingness to work with children (Year 10 to Year 12)

– a Working with children check (free)

– enthusiastic and reliable

What would be desirable:

– experience working with young people and some teaching skills

If you would like to be involved, please do not hesitate to send us an email handballvictoria@hotmail.com. We would love to hear from you

Female Victorian State Team

We are excited to announce that the Victorian State Team will be having four training sessions in the lead up to the State Nationals in Sydney.

Location: Melbourne High School
Time: 6.30-8.00 pm
Dates: Friday, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th September.
Please note that training is open to everyone.
Due to their performance over this season, the following players were nominated to attend the sessions:
Deakin: Jess, Niddhi, Lisa
Southside: Tess, Claudia, Kiki, Lucia
MHC: Mariska, Elsa, Ana, Manon, Vanja, Daniela, Arna

You are able to reach the court via public transport (South Yarra Station). A training fee of $9 applies.

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