The PE Department were delighted to welcome Olympic Great Britain player Louise Jukes to the Academy for a very successful introductory session to Handball.
Handball is the second most popular female sport in the world, and one in which women can earn a good salary. In many parts of the world it is played to full
stadiums and the introductory sessions by Louise proved a real hit with students!
Female students in Year 9 can become disillusioned with the usual mainstream sports, but judging by the photos and response to their first training session they were highly motivated and enthusiastic about continuing both within the curriculum and as an after-Academy session at club level.
Lucy Fruin in action during the training session...
Year 9 student Lucy Fruin has already been ‘talent’ identified for regional Handball trials and was really pleased to be able to play the sport within the Academy. Lucy explained how she got into the sport ‘Having lived for ten years in the Spanish Canary Islands, Handball is a very popular sport where young people get involved at a very young age. I started playing at the age of 10 and was so pleased to find a club locally in the Felixstowe and Ipswich area where I can continue playing.’
Louise was very impressed with the sports facilities at the Academy and sees the potential to integrate the newly formed community Handball Club to become our satellite club. This would mean publicity, funding of new equipment and coaching and potentially some of our students attaining national levels. We wish Lucy the very best for her trials and look forward to developing a Handball programme at Felixstowe Academy in the New Year.