By Himanshu Prashar
The anticipation for SPAR Lancashire School Games continued as 8 teams impressed at the Under 15 Handball Workshop and Tournament held in Preston.
The event held at Preston’s College brought with it a handful of surprising results. The tournament, held on Wednesday the 6th of February started with a small drill but the adrenaline on the two pitches was soon cranked up to 11 as the players battled it out for the gold.
A total of 6 schools from all of Preston participated, with Archbishop Temple and Broughton High School fielding 2 teams each. Playing by numbers seemed to pay off however, as Archbishop 1 took the win home based on an amazing display of athleticism.
Coach Katy Mckenna was delighted with Archbishop’s unbeaten run to victory, stating that the team ‘did not expect’ to progress to the county finals at the SPAR Lancashire School Games.
Appreciating youth encouragement at the games, she said: “The girls get involved in everything, they are very keen.”
Jacqueline Hough, coach of Broughton High School- who were first time participants in a handball competition expressed her amazement at the response she got.
“All the girls wanted to come along, but I could only bring so many!”, she said.
Taking into account the positive factors that influence students to become involved, she added that ‘opportunities to get involved in sport’ were the key catalysts other than the sport being inherently competitive.
The games were, as they always have been as much about inoculation of fitness through sports as they were about crowning champions. Referee Mac Scott, one of four volunteer officials for the tournament from The University of Central Lancashire lauded handball as an ‘inclusive’ and ‘end to end’ sport for younger people.
The evening soon came to a close as Archbishop Temple went through the medal ceremony along with second and third placed St. Cecilia’s R.C High and Our Lady’s Catholic High School respectively. The event showcased well what’s in store for us as we steadily approach the main event of the SPAR Lancashire School Games on the 2nd of June.