Following partnership work between the Sport & Active Lifestyles Team and England Handball, we brought an innovative Pop Up Sports event to Morley leisure centre for the very first time. Young people from across the locality were invited to attend this special event, hosted by Morley leisure centre and supported by local Handball clubs from Leeds (Leeds Hornets , Leeds University, Leeds Met).
The Pop up Sports project aims to engage young people aged 8 – 18 in high quality sports coaching and mentoring across the city, focusing on reducing the inequalities that exist in terms of access to facilities and high quality coaching.
On the day young people were treated to demonstrations, coaching, fun games, team building and a master class from GB Men’s captain Chris McDermott, who led the GB Handball squad at the London 2012 Olympics.
The event was supported by the Leeds Handball clubs who delivered the coaching and master class element. Young people were given information on how they can continue with Handball participation on three levels-
- Transition to Local Clubs – Leeds Hornets Men’s and Women’s section, Leeds Met & Leeds University teams
- Information on the planned Handball festival at Rodillian Academy on the 22nd March at 3.30pm
- 3 taster sessions at Middleton leisure centre from Friday April 22nd onwards
- Register interest to join a new community club in Leeds at Morley leisure centre starting in April
Chris McDermott- England Handball development officer and GB men’s captain London 2012 was in attendance and commented that; “It was a fantastic opportunity for young people to participate in coaching sessions and learn more about the game.”
Neil Jones – Active Sports Officer, Leeds City Council – stated; “the partnership created with England Handball has allowed us to access the Handball coaching pool to deliver a real high quality event. This has allowed young people from all backgrounds to try the sport for the first time.”
If you would like to get involved in Handball or the Pop Up Sports scheme please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/popupsports