We love hearing your stories about how handball is developing in your area. Whether in our monthly newsletter or online, we will feature them on a regular basis. The latest, below, has come from Holy Trinity Secondary School in Barnsley. Words by Tom Smith (PE Teacher).
“Tuesday 20th September 2012, will be noted in the future as a momentous occasion for Holy Trinity School in Barnsley, as this was the day the school competed in their first ever Handball tournament. What made the occasion more pleasing was that the pupils taking part were in Y7 and had only been at the school for a few weeks.
The PE department at Holy Trinity School pride themselves on being able to offer a wide range of sports, especially those less commonly linked to curriculum PE, in order to engage the largest number of pupils in PE as possible. However handball had not made an appearance until one of the new Y7 pupils came knocking on the door and asked if he could play.
Dominic Jones Y7 “I went to the Olympics in the summer with my mum and dad to see the handball at the Copper Box and I loved watching it. So when I got to school I asked my PE teachers straight away if we could play it. We have been doing it on lunch time to practice and played in a tournament at another school against 3 other teams. It was so much fun and we all really enjoyed playing.”
What made the day more special is the team from Holy Trinity were crowned tournament champions, even though the outdoor court (complete with light drizzle) wasn’t the most conducive to free flowing handball.
The school will be playing in a Y8 tournament next week, so fingers crossed”