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On behalf of the whole team, please may I say a huge thank you to you and your volunteers for all the amazing planning, organising and hard work that went into making Friday's programme such a success.

Everything was impeccably organised and we were all made to feel most welcome so thank you. We rely on our venues so much for what we do and when everything is as well organised as it was on Friday, it makes a huge difference.
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Miss Helen Wilson, PrincipalPrincipal's Message

14 June 2017

Thurston Community College crowned England Handball girls U15 national champions

Thurston Community College were crowned under-15 girls national school champions after beating Cardinal Griffin School 6-5 in the final at the England Handball Association National Schools Competition at Worcester Arena over the weekend. Thurston led 4-2 at the break in a thrilling encounter. Cardinal Griffin pushed hard in the second half but were just unable to close the gap. Thurston booked their place in the final after losing just one game in the round robin section of the tournament.

Mr Lewis, Head of PE at Thurston Community College, took the decision to introduce Handball as a sport that the College could fully commit to after a visit from Louise Dukes, Team GB Handball Olympian, to the College after the 2012 Olympics.  He thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to be at the forefront of delivering a sport new to schools in this region.  Sixth Form students Sam Knott, previously an East of England squad member, and Josh Braker, who plays Handball for England, along with PE teachers, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Myhill, coach the boys' and girls' teams on a Monday evening after school.

As a result of this, Thurston Community College has been dominant at both U13 and U15, girls and boys county level and above since.  The U13 girls’ team finished fourth in the country last year, and the U15 boys have reached the regional rounds in three of the last five years and after only five years of the College playing Handball the U15 girls’ team has succeeded in lifting the National Cup.

The girls’ team has worked hard on fitness and the girls' performance did not decline during what was a very demanding, intensely physical day at the competition.  It was an amazing team effort with every one of them playing their part.

Mrs Thompson, Second in PE at Thurston Community College, said, “I am so proud of the level of performance that the team were able to produce on Saturday. They were able to play to a specific strategy under incredible mental and physical pressure showing a level of performance beyond their years and level of experience in the game of handball. The team is full of excellent sportswomen who compete to a high level in a number of differing sports outside of school and I am convinced that the experience, skills and fitness made the difference on Saturday.  We are also extremely thankful for the role Sam Knott, our Sixth Form leader, has played in helping to coach and nurture the students in practice and in preparation for the games. All of the students involved are fine ambassadors for the College and we are rightly thrilled that they have achieved at the National level.”

The Girls' Tournament match official commented on the day, “Your students have been incredible today and are deserved winners. They have managed to strike a real balance between placing pressure on the opposition and withstanding the physicality of the other teams against them. They have been a pleasure to umpire, congratulations!” 

John Pearce, National Competitions and Events Manager for the England Handball Association said, “The schools competition has grown from just 10 school teams in 2010 to over 1,500 in 2016/17.  The competition has improved year upon year with increased numbers and higher levels of play and this year was no exception, with the highest standard yet in the finals competition. The finals went down to the wire and it's great to see new areas come to the fore and take the title.

Handball Champions

Helen Wilson


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