Lancashire schools qualify for North West Handball Championships
150 high school pupils from across Lancashire have been battling it out for the top spot in the SPAR Lancashire School Games Under 15 Handball competition, and the chance to represent Lancashire at the North West Handball Championships in May.
Held on Friday 8th March at UCLAN’s Sir Tim Finney Sports Centre, 21 schools represented their respective Lancashire borough including Blackburn with Darwen; Burnley; Chorley; Hyndburn; Lancaster; Heysham; Pendle; Preston; Ribble Valley; South Ribble and Wyre and Fylde.
Lancaster Royal Grammar School (Lancaster) were crowned winners of the Boys’ competition with Garstang Community Academy (Wyre and Fylde) in second, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (Ribble Valley) third and All Hallows Catholic High School (South Ribble) securing fourth place.
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College from Burnley were named county champions in the Girls’ U15 Handball competition with Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (Ribble Valley) picking up second and Albany Academy (Chorley) placing third.
Andy Clark from the England Handball Association said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the SPAR Lancashire School Games and helping to promote handball as an exciting sport to be involved in.
“Handball demands seven minutes each side of fast-paced action, teaching children valuable skills such as decision-making, swift movement, teamwork and effective communication.”
Andy added: “8 years ago, handball was a relatively small sport and we only had 25 teams registered nationally. In 2018, the England Handball Association registered over 1500 schools and the sport just continues to grow and grow.”
Tim Fletcher, school games organiser for Heysham said: “Today has been a great success and all of the teams have really impressed with their hard work, preparation and teamwork skills.
“The SPAR Lancashire School Games aims to support sport within schools, aligning with school curriculums and offering children the chance to take part in organised competitive sport.”
Tim added: “The facilities at UCLAN’s Sir Tim Finney Sports Centre and the support from our partners Active Lancashire, SPAR and the England Handball Association have really helped to make this a fantastic day and we look forward to following Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College as they represent Lancashire in the North West Championships.”
Handball is a popular sport within schools and is included on the current GCSE syllabus: played with two teams of seven, the game follows a mixture of netball and basketball and originated in Denmark in the late 19th century.
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- 1: Burnley – Blessed Trinity
- Clitheroe – Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
- Chorley – Albany Academy
- West Lancashire – St Bede’s
- Lancaster – Lancaster Royal Grammar School
- Wyre and Fylde – Garstang
- Ribble Valley – Royal Clitheroe Grammar School
- South Ribble – All Hallows Catholic High School