County Schools Handball Academy launches at Pool

A secondary school in Cornwall is to be the home of a County Schools Handball Academy after students’ talents were spotted at a recent match.

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Students from Pool Academy impressed sport officials with their skills after winning the U15 Cornwall School Games Finals. Now they want to set up a training centre for young people at the school.

They hope to provide regular training opportunities for people in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 with the goal to create competitive teams which could see players progress onto national teams one day.

The first session will take place on Saturday, January 26th, in the school’s Sports Hall and is open to all schools and academies in the area.

Plans are for Year 7 and 8 to be coached from 10am until 12pm and students in Year 9 and 10 to be invited from 12.30pm until 3pm.

Julian Hosking, PE teacher at Pool Academy, said: “This was prompted off the back of our success in Pool Academy winning the U15 Cornwall School Games Finals. Some students have been talent identified as having the ability to trial for the regional and representative pathway through to the GB youth set up.

“They will be joined by other talented Handball students from all secondary schools and academies from across Cornwall.”

Emily Cromey, Head of Faculty for Art, Music, Drama and PE, said: "It is wonderful to hear that our talented students have caught the eye of handball coaches. We are extremely excited to launch the new Handball Academy here in our sports hall. I hope that by providing the facilities we can raise up a group of players who one day may become national sportsmen and women."