DOZENS of youngsters from across London took part in the London Inter-Borough Handball Tournament staged at Newham Leisure Centre recently.
The event was for year seven and eight pupils, and after some thrilling matches was won by Westminster City School and Barking Abbey School in the boys and girls competitions respectively.
With six boys teams and five girls team, for many it was their first taste of handball - but most left hooked on handball and wanting to play the game more!
Teams from Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Haringey, Westminster and Greenwich attended, and London Handball Development Officer Ari Bekker said: “To involve more and more teams and schools in a competition like this and to see their fantastic play is great.
“You could see from the excitement on their faces just how much they enjoyed the games. It’s great to be able to get young people together from different boroughs and play in a handball competition.”
In the boys event, after some close group matches, it was Westminster City and Thamesmead who reached the finals, with Woodside High and Newham Flames just missing out by one goal in the semi finals.
Both teams in the final were playing for the first time, but after a great match it was Westminster City School who won.
And in the girls competition, runners-up St Angela’s School were beaten by Barking Abbey, who didn’t lose a match all day.
More handball events will be staged in the London area shortly. Handball coaching sessions take place at Newham Multi Sports Club Hub every Tuesday evening from 3-6.30pm.
For more information contact Ari Bekker, London Handball Development Officer, on 07738 385515 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org