Taysols signed a sponsorship deal with a newly formed handball club in New South Wales. The club to be known as Taysols HC will enter a men's team in the next NSW competition commencing in April 2005. "I first got to see handball in Europe where it's tremendously popular. It's a fantastic sport; in fact it's a very 'Australian' sport despite its low level of participation in the region - it's fast, physical and high-scoring" Mark Taylor, Director of Taysols said.
The club founded by Dr Christoph Mecker, former head coach of the Australian Women's Olympic Handball Team and Taysols Principal Consultant, seeks to particularly attract mature players who have either left or consider leaving the sport. While a lot is being done to promote the sport in schools and at universities, little is done to keep experienced players in the sport; a loss that negatively impacts the overall prominence of handball in Australia. "Players are not leaving the sport because they are no longer fit to play or stopped loving the game. Players leave when their focus in life shifts and starts to differ from that of the young players entering the sport." Christoph Mecker said.
Taysols HC offers a healthy balance of social activities and quality handball; a perfect environment for those who enjoy the sport, like being competitive and seek to contribute to a determined team. "I like the idea of retaining quality people and being highly competitive while enjoying yourself. I am pleased to support this new club and wish the team all the best for the upcoming season" Mark Taylor revealed.