We want your memories of this 1980s handball tournament in Ipswich

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

Handball - it is a sport that has been played in Ipswich for decades, long before the town’s handball club was established.

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Handball Club has been running since 2013, launched as part of the 2012 London Olympic legacy by Team GB handball player Louise Jukes and ex-GB goalkeeper David Hendrick.

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

The game consists of two teams of seven, each half lasting 30 minutes. They are usually high scoring games, with most breaking the 20 goals mark per team.

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Handball Club was very successful in it’s early years and was the only one in Suffolk. However, as these photographs from our archives show, it a sport that has been enjoyed in the town for many years.

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

The pictures were taken in Nacton in 1980. Were you part of either of the teams shown?

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant


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We would love to hear your memories to find out more about the development of handball in Suffolk.

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

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In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than t

In handball, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with a part of their body other than their hands - so long as it is in a defensive situation - Credit: Archant

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