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Schools rival to compete for the School Games Handball title

The first School Games handball competition in Tyne and Wear was a great success with 20 teams in total taking part.

Oxclose Community Academy won the U15’s boys' competition and Churchill Community College won the U13’s boys' competition. The U15’s girls' competition winners were Biddick Academy and the U13’s girls competition winners were St Wilfrid’s RC school. The competition was a culmination of qualifying rounds and was held at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields. The winners will now progress to the regional qualifiers held in the next couple of months.

Claire Lee, School Games Co-ordinator at Tyne & Wear Sport said, “Handball is an up and coming sport in the UK and it was great to see so many young, talented people getting involved with the sport in our region. England Handball, Newcastle Vikings Handball Club and Sunderland Handball Club were a big help in running the event.”

Students expressed their excitement of getting involved with a new sport through School Games and commented on how handball is a fast pace, energetic team sport.

Megan, Caitlin and Lucy from Churchill Community College said, “We love the fast paced energy in handball which makes the sport really fun to play.”

The pupils from Churchill Community College also commented on the positivities they achieve from being part of a team in sport.

“What like most about playing sport is the team work that is produced. You can also relieve stress when playing sport and the feeling like you are part of a team is great. It’s also nice to spend time with your friends too.”

Many of the students at the handball competition were very talented and some even play for sports clubs outside of school including football, rugby and boxing.

Jordan and Connor from Oxclose Community Academy said, “We all play many other sports including football and boxing. We play for clubs outside of school including, Riverside Panthers Football Club, Leam Rangers Football Club and District Youth Boxing Club.”

The pupils from Oxclose went onto say, “What enjoy the most about taking part in sport is keeping fit and having fun at the same time. We enjoy playing together as a team as we encourage and support each other on and off the field.”


The girls photographs from the competition can be found here and the boys photographs from the competition can be found here. 


U13 Girls

·         1st – St Wilfrid’s

·         2nd – Lord Lawson

·         3rd – Gosforth Central

·         4th – Kepier

·         5th – Churchill

U15 Girls

·         1st – Biddick

·         2nd – Gosforth

·         3rd – St Wilfrid’s

·         4th – Churchill

·         5th – Lord Lawson

U13 Boys

·         1st – Churchill

·         2nd – Lord Lawson

·         3rd – St Wilfrids

·         4th – Oxclose

·         5th – Gosforth Central

U15 Boys

·         1st – Oxclose

·         2nd – Gosforth Academy

·         3rd – St Wilfrids

·         4th – Lord Lawson

·         5th - Churchill