Chichester lecturer’s unusual 2012 Olympics role

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A senior University of Chichester lecturer has travelled to Hungary to observe the national handball team’s preparations for this summer’s Olympics.

PE senior lecturer Craig Pulling will join the team during their training camp in July before flying with them to watch their final preparation game against France.

Students joining the university in September will be the first to benefit from Pulling’s experience as they will learn how to coach handball as part of the new PE and sports coaching undergraduate degree.

Pulling, a qualified handball coach who has taught the sport in secondary schools, said: “Handball is becoming more popular in the UK and many schools are beginning to play the game. This trip will improve my knowledge of elite handball and support my teaching of handball at the university.

“I also hope to establish links with the coaches and the team to potentially enable opportunities for our students to experience elite handball.”

Hungary has a strong tradition in handball and the country consistently appears at the world and European Championships.

Fellow Chichester senior lecturer Dr Laszlo Nemeth also has strong links with the national coach and assistant coach, while Pulling has previously taught handball at Semmelweis University in Hungary.