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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Handball lessons on offer at school

A NEW sport is winging its way to Tynedale with weekly sessions of Olympic sport handball to be held in Prudhoe.

Action packed: Handball coach Marlen Slinning passes on guidance to Daniel and Katy Thomas.

Run by North-East based Norwegian Marlen Slinning, lessons will be held at Prudhoe Football and Sports Centre, based at the town’s high school.

The classes come on the back of the overall success of London 2012, handball a sport which caught the imagination of the British public as a new, exciting activity to try.

It is massively popular across Europe, particularly in the Scandinavian countries, and it is now hoped that it can spread to the UK.

Marlen, who runs Newcastle Vikings handball team for 30-40 adult members, said: “Handball is a big sport in Europe but has never travelled to England, but there is now a lot of interest among people in the North-East.

“I have played handball since I was five and I want to bring it into the region and get as many clubs playing as possible.

“Before the Olympics, not many people in England knew what handball was but, after seeing it on the TV, the feedback has been great and people say what an amazing sport it is.”

Marlen added: “It is a very fast, action packed sport, and I just love the power and speed of it all.”

Sessions will start at Prudhoe following the half term holidays on Tuesdays.

Classes for high school children will run between 3.30pm and 4.30pm, immediately followed by middle school classes. Sessions for adults will then run between 6pm and 7pm.