Farringdon girls eye national handball glory

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Farringdon Community Academy’s Year 10 girls are aiming for glory this weekend – after reaching the National Handball Championships.

The team, made up of Year 9 and 10 pupils, are off to the University of Worcester for their big day, having won the Sunderland and Northern regional qualifiers.

The Farringdon girls have been given the ideal build-up, with coaching from the Newcastle Vikings handball club to hone their skills further.

Megan Elliott, Tiegan Mason, Terri Gilmour, Emily Herron, Sarah Blackhall, Issy Auty, Alice Jewitt, Amelia Agnew, Juliet Humphrey and Katy Hutchinson will represent Farringdon, whose head teacher, Howard Kemp, said: “We are delighted that out students have qualified for the National Handball Finals.

“This represents the culmination of a lot of hard work from staff and students alike.

“Handball really took off at Farringdon following the 2012 Olympic games and is part of our PE syllabus in Key Stage 3. I know that our girls will do the school, the city and the region proud – good luck!”

Alice Jewitt will not travel south with the squad today, as she is taking part in an England Karate training session, but she will head to Worcester in time for the quest for national success.