Sport Unlimited Case Study
Young People Handed an Opportunity
CHESHIRE & WARRINGTON SPORTS
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
PARTNERSHIP AND PLANNING
In September 2007, Warrington School Sports Partnership (WASSP) introduced the Olympic Sport of handball
into its sports delivery programme. The WASSP Handball Strategy targeted four areas;
• Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for staff through the England Handball Association (EHA)
introduction to handball
• Volunteering and leadership via the EHA
• Competition at Key Stage 2 to 5
• Placing handball on the school curriculum.
After a period of consultation and planning with the EHA, WASSP was awarded EHA Flagship Partnership
Status. This recognised the WASSP Handball Development Strategy as a model of good practice which was to
be rolled out nationally as the EHA World Class Schools Initiative. As the strategy progressed, it was further
enhanced by developing links between Warrington Wolves Foundation (WWF) and Liverpool Handball Club
(LHC), one of the country’s leading 1st Division National League teams.
‘We’re keen to develop
handball in Warrington
The evolving relationship between the four partners (WASSP, WWF,
and, at the moment, it’s EHA and LHC) led to a more clearly defined objective of developing
growing at a good pace’ eight community handball clubs. The WWF have pledged to recruit
volunteer co-ordinators to form support committees for each club. These
-Mick Hegarty (former
England handball committees will be tasked with addressing funding and sustainability
international and issues. In the future, the clubs will feed a WWF Handball Academy
Culcheth School Sports
system and eventually National League Men’s and Women’s teams.
Term 1 objectives included targeting young people from KS3, and following consultation creating four new ‘Out
of School Hours Learning’ (OSHL) clubs around four High School clusters. The clubs aimed to recruit and retain
a minimum of eight male and eight female players from KS3, and at the end of the term hold a Warrington
Handball KS3 Winter Cup.
COACHING, VOLUNTEERING AND
The handball coaching has been delivered
by qualified handball coaches. Some of the
coaching posts were advertised, but for most
positions individuals were recruited via CPD
of existing staff, volunteers within the
WASSP network and through partnership
with the England Handball Association.
Coaches have been provided with further
support and assistance in the form of Junior
Sports Leaders (JSL’s) who have completed
their Junior Handball Leaders Award (JHLA)
These young individuals will also use the time towards building their
hours for Step Into Sport (SIS). The JSL’s have had a huge role to play
‘The Winter Cup was very
as they also officiated at all the competitions, including the Winter Cup.
successful and it was
great to see young people
getting involved in
The Warrington Handball KS3 Winter Cup in December was held at - Mick Hegarty
Bridgewater High School. There was 100% participation by the four High
School clusters involving four boys and four girls teams, eighty players,
six coaches, four leaders and five volunteers. To help commemorate the
occasion, at the end of the competition the trophies were presented by
one of the Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club 1st team players.
Making it work
The objective in terms 2 and 3 is to target groups KS4/KS5 and
•Partnership working then KS2 respectively, and to reinforce the OSHL clubs. A further
four EHA Junior Handball Leaders and referees award courses
•Strategic objectives for will be delivered to KS4/5 pupils, followed by end of term
long term development Warrington Handball competitions. The Warrington Handball KS2
Summer Cup will be a highlight and will help to synchronise
•Training junior leaders
and involving SIS
competition across Warrington.
•Competition Please email Sharon Trubshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org
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