Liverpool Handball Club men’s and women’s teams are fighting for top places in the Northern Premier League.

The club, founded in 1967, are battling for recognition in the football-mad city as much as success in their league.

Handball is overlooked in the UK compared to Europe.

But Daniel Whittaker, coach of the Men’s Liverpool Handball Club, believes it’s a sport going places.

Whittaker has praised the camaraderie within his team.

He said: “It is a sport where the people I play with and against share a connection, which is being in the small handball community.”

The LHC Women’s team is in second place in the Northern Premier League, only a point behind rivals Manchester Hawks.

The league has only existed for a short while but players and coaches feel the sport is finally being recognized.

Liverpool line player Daniella Michaela Trimmis says the league has created amazing opportunities for handball players across the country.

“The chemistry between the club is special, and you can see it through the results of the women’s team.

“Sometimes we tend to be overshadowed by other sports and within the North especially.

“Having our own group and an objective to work towards encourages us as handball players who are not taken seriously as athletes.”

Liverpool Handball Club winning the NPL could prove to be a landmark moment for local players looking to promote the sport.

LHC ladies face off against their rivals Hawks next weekend in the fight for top spot in the league.

The team will be carrying the spirit and determination from previous games and hoping to solidify first place.