Latest News – Handball interest soars after Olympics fever

Pupils at All Saints Catholic School have continued the Olympics legacy by establishing a handball club with the backing of England Handball and Pro Active East in the Dagenham area after catching onto the passion for the fun sport.

On the back of this passion, All Saints School has won the National Handball Competition for the last two years. 16 year old Joe Nunn, a pupil from All Saints and a huge fan of the sport and currently studying for three A Levels, a B-Tech and is on the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship In Sporting Excellence) for England Handball, describes the sport as a great way to keep fit and an ideal place to meet and socialise with other young people.The club currently has nine members but wants to increase its numbers so they can fill all four of the Olympic size courts in the borough.

They are looking for boys and girls aged 14 to 16 years from across the borough to get involved and have some fun whilst getting fit. If you are interested, get in touch with coaches Anne Patterson on 07949 168 460 or Andrea Szanto on 07946091170.

The club meets every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at SportHouse in Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham.

Councillor John White, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “This is a fantastic example of young people taking the initiative to get involved in a new sport that they were inspired to try after an awesome Olympics experience.

“As a Council we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure our residents, young and old are able to benefit from the excellent leisure facilities we have in the borough and that pupils in our schools are encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles that will improve their health and wellbeing.”

Courtesy London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

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