Handball tournament aims to convert new fans

LOOKING BACK ... competitors at last year's event.
LOOKING BACK ... competitors at last year's event.

AN annual sporting event is getting on the ball to build on its past success.

The third Tyneside Handball Tournament will take place at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields on Saturday.

Our aim is to grow handball across Newcastle and the North East, so this second tournament in South Tyneside is another step towards that.

Marlen Slinning, Newcastle Vikings

This will be the second time that the annual event has been held at the venue.

Hosted by Newcastle Vikings Handball Club, the first non-university group of its kind in the North East and now playing its home matches at Temple Park, the event will see teams from England and Scotland compete in knockout cup and plate competitions.

Spectator entry is free for anyone wanting to go along and watch men and women’s matches from 9am to 7pm in the main sports hall.

Newcastle Vikings head coach Marlen Slinning founded the club with a group of fellow handball enthusiasts in September 2012 after being inspired by that year’s London Olympic Games.

She said: “Our aim is to grow handball across Newcastle and the North East, so this second tournament in South Tyneside is another step towards that, and, hopefully, we’ll attract some new members to our club too.

“This is a great opportunity to come along and watch the fastest ball sport in the world.”

Anyone interested in getting involved and having a go at playing the Olympic sport can go along to one of the club’s training sessions.

Its junior and adult teams train on Monday evenings at Temple Park and on Wednesday evenings at Percy Hedley Sports Academy in Killingworth, North Tyneside.

Further information can be found on the club’s website, www.newcastlehandball.co.uk, and on its Facebook page.

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