Germany-wide castings kick off the 2018/19 THW-YOUNGstar season - registrations possible starting immediately
Fresh ideas and a new concept give impetus to the young talents promotion concept initiated by the star petrol stations. Even the third time, talented young handballers can look forward to training and the professional feeling close to THW Kiel.
Kiel, 16 July 2018. The start is on: Starting immediately, young handballers from all over Germany can apply for this year's THW-YOUNGstar, a unique concept for the promotion of young handball players created by star petrol stations. In the 2018/19 season, participants aged between 10 and 15 can again look forward to demanding and promoting handball training during the multi-stage competition as well as unique experiences associated with the German record champion, THW Kiel. The THW-YOUNGstar winner can look forward to a several-month handball scholarship with the “Zebras” with contact to the star mentor players Andreas Wolff and Patrick Wiencek.
Proven concept extended to include regional castings (Stage 1)
Over the past two years, more than 200 applications per season have demonstrated the enormous interest of handball kids in this innovative talent competition. In order to give even more children the opportunity to apply to the first of a total of five selection stages, the proven concept will be extended by four preliminary castings (step 1) in the regional urban areas of Hamburg, Dusseldorf (Meerbusch), Leipzig (Eilenburg) and Stuttgart (Sindelfingen). 60 starting positions per event are available for which passionate young players can apply. The official platform www.young.star.de is now online until September 2nd. By filling in a personal player profile, all enthusiastic young handball talents will come one step closer to their personal dream of the THW-YOUNGstar. The athletic content of the castings includes measurable handball exercises and competitions. They ultimately decide which ten talents per location will make it to the next round.
In addition, there will be 20 kids who are passionate for their favourite sport and really catch the eye of the trainers of the handball camp in the autumn events (Stage 1). They have the opportunity to play themselves in the foreground in 25 Germany-wide camps supported by star from the middle of September until early November. Who will manage to catch the attention of the trainers at games as well as individual and team competitions?
The further selection process (stages 2-5)
In the second stage, the day camps in North-Rhine/Westphalia, Berlin and Hamburg, 20 selected, talented kids and teenagers will each compete for a place in the weekend camp in Kiel. Individual training and two exciting days in the home of the German record champion THW Kiel await the kids in the third stage. The remaining talents will come together in a "star week of excellence" and experience first-hand what it means to live and train as a professional handball player. Finally, in the last phase, an expert jury will choose the THW-YOUNGstar of the season 2018/2019. The winner can look forward to a unique handball scholarship in the environment of THW Kiel and contact with mentor players Andreas Wolff and Patrick Wiencek.
Lots of anticipation among the initiators
Mannhard Bech, founder of the handball camp and former professional of THW Kiel is looking forward to the start of the third THW-YOUNGstar season. “The star petrol stations, THW Kiel and the handball camp have proven in the past years that they can provide young talent a unique opportunity with THW-YOUNGstar. I am confident that we will also be able to promote many children and youth in our camps this season as well.”
Wieslaw Milkiewicz, Managing Director and Press Spokesman of the petrol station brand agrees: “With the regional castings, we have created a new opportunity this year to inspire even more young handball players for THW-YOUNGstar. We are also looking forward to the new locations in Sindelfingen, Eilenburg and Meerbusch. Moreover, I wish all of the children lots of fun participating, and I cross my fingers that they can realise their dream of becoming handball professionals.”
Thorsten Storm, Manager of THW Kiel adds, “We are pleased to accompany THW-YOUNGstar again this season. The concept once again promises lots of excitement and makes it possible for all participants to have unforgettable experiences with THW Kiel.”
The previous years' winners are helping participants to looking forward to the new season
Two who know what it feels like to become a THW-YOUNGstar are Filip Wawrznmiak and Matteo Mastrocola. 15-year-old Filip from Wroclaw in Poland won the premiere of the young talents competition in 2017 and caught the attention of famous youth academies in Poland and Germany as a result of his scholarship. For Matteo, the exciting time in Kiel is not over yet. In July and August, the talented centre back from Radolfzell near Lake Constance will return to the Kiel Fjord for two further attendance phases. He recommends all applicants of the new season: “Believe in your strengths and simply do what you enjoy most - playing handball.”
You can find further information on THW-YOUNGstar on the official website of the project
at www.young.star.de .
For further information and questions about the young talent promotion concept THW-YOUNGstar, please contact:
CommEvent Management GmbH
Tel: +49 (0)431 - 69670 - 20
Fax: +49 (0)431 - 69670 - 50