When we travel to an unfamiliar corner of Poland or any other country, we want to learn as much as possible about this place. We are immediately looking for information in guides or on the Internet. If you wish to get acquainted with the information about IHF YOUTH U18 Women’s World Championship, please take a look at Top10 the most important facts below.

1. This is the first handball World Championship organized in Poland. 

Poland have already host many major handball events. In 2016 in four beautiful cities (Kraków, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Katowice) best senior European teams of male handball fought fort he Champions title at the EHF EURO 2016. Two years before, we had in Poland European Men’s U-18 Handball Championship and in 2013 European Women’s U-17 Handball Championship. In 2002 we hosted best European U20 men’s teams and in 1996 best European U19 women’s equipes. However, this year we make our first step on map oft he world major tournaments and as we already know, the next one will be taken in 2023, when we are going to organise IHF World Men’s Handball Championship together with Sweden.

2. Entry to all matches is free. 

 You can follow 24 world’s best teams absolutely for free! It’s an unique occasion to watch future handball stars and feel the emotions together with your families and friends in the stands oft the arenas in Kielce. Remember about the official hashtag #enjoythegame! Use it in the social media and show us how you support your favourite teams!

Kielce, 04.08.2018 r., Galeria Echo. Prezentacja reprezentacji Polski juniorek przed Mlodziezowymi Mistrzostwami Swiata Kobiet do lat 18 w Pilce Recznej – Polska – Kielce 2018. Fot. Lukasz Zarzycki / www.um.kielce.pl / www.handballpoland2018.pl

3. The Polish U-18 national team will take part in the competition of this level for the first time. 

The white-and-red girls have never fought fort the World Champions title in such age group. The first chance in the history appears in front of their own public. A huge piece of history will happen in Poland this summer. Do not miss it!

4. The matches will be played in the Hala Legionów and the Politechnika Świętokrzyska Hall (Sports Hall University of Technology).

This two objects know very well the taste of handball. Hala Legionów is a long-standing witness of the games played by PGE VIVE Kielce, male handball team of Polish Champions who fight for highest goals in the EHF Champions League as well. The second one hosts the rivalry of children taking part in the Little League of Handball, regional rivalry of school teams.

2018/06/03, Skærbæk Fritidscenter.
Officiel fotografering DU18.
Øverste række fra venstre: Camilla Faartoft (17) – Cecilie Termansen (19) – Olivia Simonsen (10) – Christina Hansen (13) – Michala Møller (9) – Emilie Steffensen (7) – Emma Laursen (8) – Mette Klostermann (4).
Midterste række fra venstre: Holdleder Dorthe Huge Jonasson – Landstræner Flemming Dam Larsen – Anna Berger Wierzba (14) – Frederikke Hedegaard (3) – Sara Madsen (11) – Mathilde Orkild (22) – Andrea Hansen (21) – Emilie Theil (5) – Sylvie Gamys (2) – Fysioterapeut Jan Valentin – Målvogtertræner Morten Sølling Fager – Assistenttræner Jan Barslev.
Nederste række fra venstre: Signe Schaar (23) – Elma Halilcevic (24) – Laura Askvist (1) – Anna O. Kristensen (12) – Anna Veng Kristensen (16) – Louise Jensen (20) – Natasja Andreasen (18) – Frida Nørgaard (25)

5. The highest number of medals at the Women’s World Championship U18 was won by the U-18 Denmark team.

The team from Scandinavia has a total of 5 distinctions – 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. The Championship title held in 2016 will be defended by Russia.

6. The Championship is supported by four ambassadors.

In this exclusive group are greates Polish atletes! You already got to know Sławomir Szmal and Karol Bielecki. Follow our social media, cause right in a moment we are going to announce next two stars!

fot. Anna Benicewicz-Miazga

7. During the opening match (Poland – Angola 07.08. 18:30) in stands of Hala Legionów will seat honorable guests.

The ambassadors of the tournament and many others stars will be present at the match. In the stands we will see Polish Champions, PGE VIVE Kielce and MKS Perła Lublin. You will have an amazing opportunity to shake hands with such stars as Julen Aginagalde, Michał Jurecki, Luka Cindrić, Blaz Janc, coach Talant Dujshebaev and Kinga Achruk, Weronika Gawlik, Marta Gęga, Aleksandra Rosiak or coach Robert Lis.

8. The difference between the highest and the smallest players is 32 cm.

On Kielce’s fields we will see 384 players. The youngest one is Tunesian Nihed Limem, who will be 15 years and 87 days old at the opening day. The oldest one however was born 6th January 2000 – it’s Spanish Sandra Vallina Guerra. The highest player is French Emma Jacques (191 cm) and the smallest are two girls from Chile – Antonia Rebolledo i Constanza Soto.

Volunteers, fot. T. Fąfara

9. Full of energy and enthusiasm for work, a team of 120 volunteers will help in the organization of this huge event. 

Volunteers will suport seven strategic spheres – accreditations, hotels, transportation, match operations, VIPs, teams and voluntary service centre. Additionally, there is one more crucial category – ace. In this group, volunteers will cooperate with all the others volunteers, supporting them in emergency situations.

10. Kielce is a real Handball City!

Bigger and smaller handball marks await you on each city corner. If you want to find out about it, take a look at the city guide and hit the road!

Karolina Zielonka