Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister headed to Macarthur for handball tournament

Former Prime Minister headed to Macarthur for handball tournament

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is heading to Macarthur next week - for a spot of handball.

The self-proclaimed "Global Champion" of handball has been causing a stir in the media of late with his entertaining love of the seminal schoolyard game.

Videos on K-Rudd's Facebook page show him hand-signing 9000 handballs for other enthusiastic players.

Mr Rudd's obsession with handball attracted both positive and negative news stories in recent weeks, but it wasn't just the media that was paying attention.

Members of the Macarthur branch of NSW Young Labour saw the videos and saw an opportunity too good to pass up - they invited Kevin '07 to town for a handball tournament.

NSW Young Labour president Paul Mills told the Advertiser he never expected the invitation would be accepted.

"After seeing the videos on Facebook some of the members asked me if they could post a comment challenging Kevin to a game," he said.

"We didn't expect he would actually accept - that was a surprise."

Mr Rudd will now head to Campbelltown next Friday (August 30) to battle a host of Young Labor members in the tournament.

Mr Mills said the event would be a great time.

"It's just a bit of fun," he said.

"It's a good way to engage young people who support the Labor Party.

"Kevin's obviously got a lot of reach as well, so there's good exposure."

Mr Mills said the event was only open to NSW Young Labor members, but there would be plenty of updates on the group's Facebook page for all to see.

He expects members from across the state to visit Macarthur for the event.