First handball club incounty... in Garstang

Holly Lam-Moores of Great Britain (3) scores next to Magda Cazanga of Angola during their women's handball preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Holly Lam-Moores of Great Britain (3) scores next to Magda Cazanga of Angola during their women's handball preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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A community handball club, the first of its kind in Lancashire is set to launch in Garstang.

Sport England are to help fund weekly training sessions at Myerscough Sports Centre to encourage new players to take up the sport

The college in partnership with England Handball will hold training for young people aged 14 years to learn the sport and play in a team.

Myerscough College sport maker, Amy Thompson,said: “This is an exciting time and the grant is great news for us.

“We have been working in partnership with Wyre Council to get this started and the new club will consequently add to our enrichment programme and further develop links within the wider community.

“As part of this, Myerscough will provide a Level 2 Handball Coach to work with the new club on a weekly basis on campus.

In the first year, there will be an engaging programme of activity and quality coaching in a friendly and professional atmosphere, ensuring that all those taking part in sessions are properly guided. We can’t wait to get started.”

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for sport at Wyre Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to create the first handball club in the county in Garstang.

“The sport is being backed nationally and the aim is to increase participation at grassroots level. In Wyre, we hope that the club will be a success and become sustainable.”

Handball is the second biggest team sport in Europe and has enjoyed an increase in popularity in England since the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The sport was included in a project at Garstang Community Academy earlier this year and proved popular with pupils, leading to the club being established.

Club sessions take place at Myerscough Sports Centre, St Michael’s Road, Bilsborrow on Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 7pm, starting tonight (Wed). The first four sessions are free of charge and thereafter £1 (students and under 16s) and £3 (over 16s).

For more information email Amy Thompson at AThompson@myerscough.ac.uk