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  1. "Playing a Scottish team is cool"

    London coach Puig happy with the draw

    Will Moore
    Image caption: London's Will Moore is a member of the Great Britain squad and a rare Brit on a squad stocked with European talent

    London GD coach Miguel Puig Garcia is looking forward confidently to the tie against Livingston and hoping the action inspires a few more youngsters to take up handball.

    "We were pretty lucky with the draw because there are chances here to get to the next round," Puig told BBC Sport. "The fact that we're playing against a Scottish team is one of the cool things."

    Like many Olympic sports, handball attracted a lot of public interest in the wake of the GB team's appearance at London 2012

    "After the Olympics in 2012 we got a lot of people who wanted to try the sport after they’d seen it on TV," recalled Puig.

    "I remember the first weekend after the Olympics we got about 85 people in one venue wanting to try handball." In recent years, lack of funding and public attention has seen that growth slow.

    "The sport is growing – every year we get more teams - but it’s not growing as fast as football or basketball or all the other sports," says Puig.

    London's team has one of GB's best current players - local-born 22-year-old Will Moore, but the remainder of the team is made up of foreign imports from France, Germany, Romania and Spain.

    Puig, a Spaniard, is happy that the tie will give his sport a chance to sell itself to a new audience.

    “People really love it, it’s a sport played at very high speed with contact, technical and tactical ability," he said.

    "It’s a mixture of football, volleyball and basketball. It’s popular in Germany and Spain and France – and in the UK, hopefully, in a few years.”

  2. "Embrace the chance"

    Livingston's youngsters are ready for their big moment

    Livingstone team photo

    Underestimate Livingston at your peril, says their skipper Ross Gannon (back row, far left). They may be one of the youngest teams in the tournament (Ross is only 21) but they are heading to Gillingham on business.

    “We are a young team – I think a very well-drilled team," says Gannon. "We’ve had our whole pre-season geared towards this because we knew we had it coming.

    "I think if we play our game - if we play fast, because that’s our game - we can cause them a lot of problems."

    Six of Livingston's squad are in the 16-21 age range and there are three experienced European players for a classic England v Scotland tie.

    “It’s a big game for both teams," says Gannon. "London have played a few times more than us at this stage but nobody’s made it past the third round so having a chance to get to the next stage is a big one.

    "It’s a bigger stage than we’ve ever played but you’ve just got to embrace the chance, haven’t you? Not many people have had a chance to play in Europe at our age."

  3. Handball 'not a forgotten sport'

    British handball's biggest problem is finding venues to play in rather than a lack of funding, according to the coach of one of its leading teams.

    Miguel Puig Garcia's London GD will face Scottish side Livingston in the European Challenge Cup this weekend.

    British handball has had little UK Sport funding since the 2012 Olympics.

    "It's not a forgotten sport - but there are only three, maybe four, venues in London that can host a game," Puig Garcia told BBC Sport.

    "We are really struggling to find venues to train and organise games in," said Puig Garcia.

    You can read more from Puig Garcia here.

    London GB handball
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  5. London GD v Livingston

    Today's two teams are both at the top of their game in their respective leagues.

    The hosts, London GD, compete in the Premier League and have won the title 11 times. In terms of the EHF Challenge Cup, the club is yet to progress beyond the third round of the competition.

    As for Livingston, GD head coach Miguel Puig said that the Scottish club is one of the best British handball teams right now, so expect a tough contest when the two sides meet in a match being dubbed as 'The Battle of Britain'.

    London GD
  6. What is the EHF Challenge Cup?

    The Challenge Cup is the third tier of European competition put on by the European Handball Federation and is based on a nation's co-efficient.

    The nations that are the best at handball will get their clubs entered into the Champions League, those less so in the EHF Cup and the nations with the poorest co-efficient are placed into the Challenge Cup.

    The tournament follows a knockout format with ties played over two legs. Last year, AHC Potaissa Turda from Romania were the victors beating A.E.K. Athens of Greece in the final.

    The most successful club in the competition also heralds from Romania, with CS UCM Reşiţa winning the trophy three times in-a-row in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

  7. Get Inspired: How to get involved in Handball

    Get Inspired


    Often described as football played with hands or water polo without water, handball is one of a number of fast-growing sports in the UK with more and more clubs popping up around the country.

    As a fast-paced and physical team sport, handball is a good way of getting fit and meeting new friends. The aim of the sport is to pass a ball before throwing it into a goal to score and although it is usually played on a 40mx20m court, you don’t need much equipment to set up a game of your own.

    A traditional handball team consists of six outfield players and a goalkeeper. While the concept is relatively simple, in order to master the sport you need exceptional hand-eye co-ordination, as well as the ability to think fast on your feet and work seamlessly as a team.

    If you are interested in taking up the sport, England,Scotland and Ireland's governing bodies all have tools to help you find a club to get started.

    Bobby White