25th September 2019
Close to 100 youngsters were introduced to handball thanks to a link-up between Newcastle Vikings and All-Star cricket participants.
The collaboration was such a success that Vikings and Northumberland Cricket Board are looking at putting on future sessions.
All-Star Cricket is a programme run by the ECB to provide boys and girls from 5-8 years old with eight weeks of non-stop fun. The programme provides the children with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket.
As throwing a ball is part of both cricket and handball it was arranged for Vikings to showcase their sport to local All-Star participants.
Vikings are working with Svend Elkjaer of Sports Marketing Network through England Handball’s club support programme. Svend knows Russell Perry, Chair of Northumberland Cricket Board, who is also involved local, dynamic cricket club, Corbridge CC. They met and it was agreed that the Vikings could take part in some of the All-Star Cricket sessions at Corbridge.
The sessions were a great success. Vikings Chair Marlen Slinning-Goulty said: “It was really great linking up with the cricket community in the North East.”
She added: “We are really pleased that it has already been agreed that Northumberland Cricket Board will support a wider role out of the collaboration in 2020.”
Meanwhile, a post on Corbridge CC’s Facebook page said: “…we had another fun filled night of All Stars. Thanks to the coaches from Newcastle Vikings Handball Club who brought their sport to Corbridge as the fielding station. The throwing, catching, jumping and running mirrored the work we all do in the field and provided much needed extra helpers. The Handball club are based in Benfield School and are keen to hear from local clubs running All Stars in their area.”