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Keswick v Cockermouth in 1st ever Handball fixture

March 1, 2016

Keswick and Cockermouth School met recently to compete in their first ever inter- school handball fixture in Allerdale.

Both schools have started to teach handball in the curriculum following Active Cumbria and England Handball's support in providing a Handball Leaders course and setting up a satellite handball club at Keswick School.

40 boys enjoyed the spectacle in Keswick school sports hall. Handball is a simple game, each team having 7 players on a court with one goal keeper and the aim is to score a point by throwing the ball into the goal!

Players have 3 seconds to make a decision to either, pass, dribble or shoot.

5 teams were involved from the 2 schools and each game had end to end action enjoyed by a small number of spectators watching from the balcony.

Ian Turnbull from Keswick School said ‘Monday’s fixture was a huge success and it is hoped that the two schools will meet again in the near future.’

Over 750 secondary schools now play competitive handball in England, a 7-fold increase since the Olympic Games. It???s great to see that schools in Cumbria are taking the game to the next level, playing competitions and building a community club’ – John Thomason, England Handball Association