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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Olympic Chief Gives Handball the Thumbs Up!

HANDBALL has been given the thumbs up by the man in charge of the London 2012 Olympics, after he visited a handball scheme in Warrington last week.

Paul Deighton, the Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), met with members of England Handball’s youth squad and found out for himself just how much fun the sport can be.

The youth squads have been set up as part of the explosion in popularity handball is experiencing, and the stars of tomorrow were on hand to help pupils from Culcheth High School learn the game.

After trying - and failing - to score a penalty against goalkeeper Alex Bradley, Mr Deighton took time out from his busy schedule to chat to the players about their passion for the sport and ambition to compete at the highest level.

“It’s impressive to see that the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the 2012 Games provides has already inspired these young people to take up the Olympic sport of handball and try to achieve their personal best.”

Mr Deighton was visiting several Games-linked projects in the area, including the Warrington Wolves Handball Leadership Programme which was recently granted the London Inspire Mark.

While at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium he met the Culcheth High School students who were being put through their paces by young England players Alex Bradley, Leanne, Kindley, Beth Wilhabram, Jenny Gordon and Stephen Clarke.

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