17th February 2022
Thousands of children from hundreds of schools are to take part in the biggest England handball event in years.
Schools from all over the country have now started the pre-regional rounds of the England Handball National Schools Competition this week.
The biggest event of its kind since the pandemic, more than 450 teams have entered across girls and boys under 13s and under 15s level in locations up and down the UK - from Devon to Gateshead.
The county rounds got underway on Wednesday, February 16, and will be followed by the regional rounds in spring - before the highly anticipated National Finals in June.
National Partnerships Manager Stacey Andrews said: “It’s fantastic to see handball bouncing back after a difficult two years caused by the pandemic shut down.
“This will be the biggest competition we run this year and the anticipation among schools is rapidly building.
“We can’t wait to see children from across the country turn out to play one of the most exciting, fast growing sports the world has to offer.”
The tournament is open to all schools within England, with applications to take part having been made in the autumn.
The top 40 teams in the County rounds will progress to the regional finals, set to take place in April and May, over a single day for each region.
The first match of the County rounds took place on February 16, with teams from across the North East and Yorkshire heading to Gateshead Leisure Centre.
The top eight from all those entered will progress to the Regionals.
Teams from the North West, East Midlands, East, East Central, West Midlands, South West, London, South East and South Central will then take part in further County matches up until April 4.