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Arnhem Cup (Handball)

03 - 04 April 2021
, Arnhem
A sure fire recipe for success
International handball tournament Arnhem Netherlands, Arnhem Cup (Handball).
Participating countries: 
Belgium Denmark France Germany Netherlands Switzerland

Over Easter, Arnhem becomes the most wonderful place in the Netherlands for handball fans. The city, located on the banks of the Rhine, is descended on by teams from every corner of Europe for the Arnhem Cup. For an exciting sporting adventure, the tournament takes place at two incredible royal sports locations, the Valkenhuizen Sports Centre and the Papendal National Olympic Sports Centrum. The organisers create a carefully considered match schedule, a neat execution of the programme and, of course, a great party programme. A sure fire recipe for success for a top notch handball event. 

Age Categories: 
G15, G17, Men (M-O), U15, U17, Women (W-O)
DFS Arnhem
First edition: 
Afternoon /
Arrival: welcome and information at the Valkenhuizen sports centre.
Evening /
Team leaders meeting following by the opening match at the Valkenhuizen sports centre.
Daytime /
Start of the pool matches on both locations.
Evening /
21:00 hour Huge dance party in sporthall de pas in Arnhem South.
Morning /
Placing matches and finals followed by the ceremonial prize-giving on both sport locations.
Evening /
Free programme

The Arnhem Cup is organised by DFS Arnhem, DFS is a merger club from AHV Swift and AAC 1899 and was founded in 2017. The club has teams in all age categories and offers handball on a recreational and a performance level. 

The Arnhem Handball Cup is played at 2 locations: Valkenhuizen sports centre and the Papendal National Sports Centre in Arnhem. Valkenhuizen is one of the most impressive sports centres in the Netherlands and with its 5 handball courts it has the largest handball facilities under one roof in the Netherlands. In addition, it has the necessary sanitary facilities, a restaurant and a canteen with a bar. The Papendal National Sports Centre is the home of various sports organisations, such as the professional footbal club Vitesse, the National Olympic Committee and the Dutch Handball Association. Papendal has 4 handball courts.


Arnhem (155,000 inhabitants) is located approx. 20 kilometers from the German limit. To the north, the city is right up to the Veluwe National Park, which is the largest nature reserve in the Netherlands. Papendal and Valkenhuizen are located in this green part of town. But Arnhem has more to offer than just forest: it is definitely worth exploring the lively center. The area around about Korenmarkt is particularly suitable for enjoying a few hours.

Burger's Zoo

Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem (3 kilometres from the Valkenhuizen sports centre) is one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe. But it is more than just a zoo. As far back as 1968, it was one of the first zoos to offer visitors a Safari experience. In the years that followed, it introduced more and more spectacular attractions, such as Burgers’ Bush, the first covered tropical rain forest in the world, the mangrove, the desert, and the ocean, all of which attract a large public.

Nederlands Open Air Museum

The Netherlands Open Air Museum (2 kilometres from the Valkenhuizen sports centre) is a journey into the past. This beautiful park has more than 80 houses, farms and mills from all parts of the Netherlands, representing various periods in Dutch history. Visitor can get a unique picture of how people lived and worked in the Netherlands during the last 250 years.