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East Preston Junior School

Team EPJS represented by Year 4 in Festival of Handball

For the first indoor sporting event this term, teams from 4C and 4RS pulled on the hallowed royal blue shirts and stepped up to represent EPJS. The competition, this time was handball, a sport that is often overlooked in favour of its cousin -  football - but the competition was just as fierce!  The children enjoyed a practice session earlier in the week and then turned out to a busy Angmering sports hall where they were greeted by matchday organiser Mr Gwynn, his team of ex-EPJS Sports Ambassadors and 4 other teams from across the locality. 

In a round robin competition of handball, with 5 matches played and with no substitutes, the children certainly enjoyed a busy evening!  The first match played was EPJS A (4C) v EPJS B (4RS) and a ding-dong encounter was shaded by 4RS who despite being a player short came out on top.

Some close games followed and our teams finished 4th and 6th in the final places. But certainly the children were left with smiles and a taste for more.

Niamh said, "It was really fun and I'd like to play more."

Milo added, "I scored 2 goals and I had lots of fun - I hope to be Olympic Champion at handball"

Oliver quipped, I really enjoyed the games."

Oscar went on, "It was a great game, we all played well."

Julia summed up, "Handball made me feel really good and it was really really fun. I didn't mind the score, I just had the best time."

Freddie went on, "It was good and I got to play with my friends, it was fun to play handball with each other."

Seth concluded, "I scored lots of goals and some of them were from a long way from the goal!"

Oli said, "it was great to try a new sport and I felt good after." 

Jude reported, "We all worked well as a team and we never gave up!"

The team were all keen to keep playing handball and start up a breaktime club.

Thank you to Mr Gwynn and his team; our opponents without whom competition like this isn't possible; to parents and carers for transporting and cheering along and of course to our valiant players who were fabulous ambassadors for our school.

Handball Team