2nd July 2018
Six boroughs came together at the Northumberland School Games Festival which saw a Level 3 handball event, organised by young leaders from Ponteland High School.
In Northumberland teams from the six county areas (Ashington and Coquet; Blyth and Bedlington; Cramlington and Seaton Valley; Morpeth and Ponteland; North Northumberland and Tynedale) had already competed to become their area champion and arrived at Cramlington, where the Games were held, to compete to become county champions in their chosen sport.
Local handball club Newcastle Vikings have forged close links with Ponteland High School to develop handball at the school, and the results were fantastic to see at the School Games. Vikings was established in 2012 and is a club on the move. Last season the men’s team played in the National League North and women in the Regional League North, and the club has also developed junior teams and participated in beach handball competitions.
Andy Clark, North West Development Manager, assisted at the Festival but left the running of the event to the Ponteland young leaders, who managed and officiated the handball competition.
More than 1000 school pupils between the ages of 6 and 15 participated in the Schools Games, across twelve different sports.
Former England netball player Leah Kennedy attended the festival to promote sport and encourage the pupils participating to persevere and more importantly, to have fun!
The School Games Festival is a celebration of sport which is designed to motivate and inspire young people to take part in competitive sport. It is a government led programme, funded by The National Lottery and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.