Ball games have always been popular in Celje, attracting large numbers of fans and professional athletes. Celje handball players have had the most success since the independence among all team sports. They have been competing with the Europe's elite in handball for a number of years.
The Zlatorog Hall, built in 2004 to provide state-of-the-art conditions for the development of handball, is now home to the Celje Pivovarna Laško team handball club. The 2003/2004 season was surely a highlight as the Celje club won the European Champions title, followed up by the European Supercup.
Handball club regularly brings top-tier sports events to the Zlatorog Hall. The two most prominent events held at this venue were the European Handball Championship and Eurobasket – European Basketball Championship.
The Sports Centre Golovec also includes the Golovec Hall (Hall A), a multi-purpose facility spanning 5,000 square meters, with a capacity of 3,200. The hall is mostly used by the Women's Handball Club Celje Celjske Mesnine, for training and matches of the youth and first team.
Teams of all age categories have recently seen success at the national level, especially the first team which has been competing in the 1.A national women's handball league for eleven years, ranking in the very top along with Krim and Zagorje (3rd place in the National Championship, 2013/2014 season). Moreover, all junior teams qualified for the national championship finals in 2013/2014. It is delightful to see the number of visitors at the national championship matches increase. In addition to good performances, this is surely due to the fact that the backbone of the team consists of young local players.