An ‘amazing’ display as Biddenham take second spot at nationals

Biddenham Upper School girls' handball team
Biddenham Upper School girls' handball team

A talented young team from Biddenham Upper School finished as runners-up in the national girls’ handball finals.

The team, made up of girls from Year 9 and 10, fought their way through the district and regional finals to win their place in the national finals in Worcester.

There, the Biddenham girls narrowly lost out in the final to a team made up mainly of England international players.

The team put up a great performance, with Storm Judge being identified early on in the competition as having huge potential by the England scouts.

The team have been coached throughout the whole year by two sixth formers – Amen Ized and Joshey Freeks.

Both Amen and Joshey have driven the girls’ handball team from strength to strength.

Headteacher David Bailey said: “This was an amazing achievement for the team and a demonstration of how dedicated they are to the sport.

“Their commitment and enthusiasm to handball is second to none and they are fantastic role models for both the sport and the school.”

Biddenham students who excel at handball are given the opportunity to be selected for the England Handball ASSE program.

This program is based at the school, led by GB handball captain Bobby White, but includes students from other schools in the Eastern region.

Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team.

A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that score more goals wins.