A team from Biddenham Upper School were runners up in the national girls handball finals.
The girls from years 9 and 10 fought their way through the district and regional finals to win their place in the national finals held in Worcester. They narrowly lost out in the final to a team made up mainly of England International players.
The team put up a great performance with one student, 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 sixth formers Amen Ized and Joshey Freeks who have both driven the girls’ handball team from strength to strength.
Head teacher 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 programme. This is led by Bobby White (GB handball captain) out of the school 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 scores more goals wins.