It was a baptism of fire for the recently-formed University of Brighton handball team which took part in the National University Championships in Essex at the weekend.
The Eastbourne-based team is growing fast and they tested their mettle in a tournament featuring nearly 700 players representing 40 universities from all over the country.
The competition took place at the Sporthouse in Barking, purposely built as a training venue for the Olympics last year, with the teams playing 232 games over the two days of the event.
The University of Brighton team was set up within the last two years, and they showed how much they’ve progressed ever since.
The first day was very promising as the University of Brighton team chalked up victories against Brunel II, Lincoln II and Bath.
They suffered just one loss against Aberdeen to guarantee them a place in the round of 16.
The second day was not as successful as the University of Brighton team lost to AECC, Leeds Met and Loughborough in their matches which resulted in a promising 15th place overall.
The top 16 teams will be seeded next year and will not compete against each other in the first round, which gives the Eastbourne students hope for an even better result in 2014.
“Winning three of four games on the first day and qualifying to the top 16 teams in the country was the proudest moment for me as a coach”, said Laurence Curtis, who set up the team.
Students from the team train not only to represent the University but they hold training sessions every Sunday at the Eastbourne Sports Park from 7.30pm to 9pm which are open to all.