A South Tyneside-based sports club has been handed a national accolade.
Newcastle Vikings Handball Club, who train at Temple Park Centre, South Shields, is celebrating scooping a prestigious clubmark accreditation. They are the first club in England to receive the honour, for which they needed to achieve quality standards in a range of categories, from coaching and club management to child welfare and protection.
Jade Mackie, who presented club members with the prize on behalf of Tyne and Wear Sport, said: “I want to commend all involved with the club on attaining this prestigious recognition.
“Everyone at the club works extremely hard to raise the profile of handball across Tyne and Wear and the club is committed to offering activity to all of its members irrespective of what level they are at.”
Newcastle Vikings Handball Club has been training at Temple Park Leisure Centre since September 2014 and, along with the training sessions they hold in both in both South Tyneside and Killingworth, they also dedicate time to visiting schools to introduce the sport during PE lessons and at after-school clubs.
Marlen Slinning, who runs the club, said: “We are very proud to have achieved the Clubmark award.
“We are a club for all members of the family and the award will show that we provide a safe and well run sport for anyone wanting to come and try it.
“We already have good adult male and female teams here, but would love to have more younger members here and hopefully this accreditation will encourage more parents to bring their children along to give it a try.”