Over 600 children will take part in the big Little Hands Festival this Sunday in Sarreguemines


This Sunday at the Coubertin stadium in Sargomen there will be the big 2022 stadium, it’s a big little handball party, it will be the 26th edition.

Voice #1 – Over 600 kids will take part in the big Little Hands Festival this Sunday in Sarreguemines

Gilles Butiali, Federal Technical Adviser to the 57th Handball Committee

Can you explain the event to us?

It’s an event that we do every year, it’s been three years because of the corona virus.

The event will bring together 670 children who will participate in small hand games on the grass pitches. It will start from 10 AM until 3:30 PM.

How will that happen?

It will happen as follows, the children will be gathered in the stands and will take part in the meetings by category in each field and when the colors of shirts and panels are called, they will all go into the field and they will play matches; 3 players plus a goalkeeper.

True, it will be huge, since there will be many simultaneous matches.

That’s it for sure. We have planned 21 stadiums and simultaneous matches in each stadium.

14 minutes, 10 matches per team. Why this little festival, what are its goals?

It is really to enhance our activity, especially the mini hand, and the second goal is also to develop handball on Moselle because they are very poor in terms of handball.

It is also a bonus for all the kids who participated in different groups throughout the season; We reward them with a big outdoor final tournament on a big soccer field where the really big party is, we call it the big mini hand party.

So 670 kids is roughly how many teams and clubs will be represented and where do those clubs come from?

Clubs are coming from all over the department, and this year we will welcome a club from Meuse and a German club that will take part in the meeting. And we have approximately 101 teams that will be present.

Handball is not just a handball as there is also a Moselle holder on the hand, what exactly is it?

It is a situation where we will educate young people about citizenship, and we will have them participate in different workshops on behavior and attitudes on the pitch and in the stands to see what they think. Also make them aware of respect for arbitration, respect for opponent, and respect for partners. Then small stands participate where the perforated tarpaulin is shot at the shooting range.

We can say that Moselle is the land of handball especially thanks to Metz handball. We’ve had a particularly successful women’s season, but is this helping the department develop handball?

Yes, Metz is the leading club for us, but it’s also the leading French club, so obviously that helps. And as such, the department also helps a lot in the development of handball, also thanks to these results from Messina. But we must also not forget that in men’s handball there is the Sarrebourg team who are now in the second division and who are also in the momentum.

Was handball able to recover from this health crisis? How is handball in general after Covid?

Let’s say handball is doing well. Unlike some majors, we didn’t suffer much. But we have been able to keep in touch with our young graduates by offering them an activity where they can exercise outdoors during Covid. We never leave it and I think that’s also why we haven’t been affected much by Covid.

As a reminder: 44 clubs, 6500 licensees.

See you this Sunday, June 12th at the Pierre de Coubertin stadium, tournaments start at 10am, open to the public, on-site dining.


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