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Holy Trinity Host GAA Handball Course

Tuesday 18.12.2012
Team Talk Mag
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Recently declared a GAA Handball School of Excellence, Holy Trinity College Cookstown provided the platform for more schools to get involved with the game by hosting an ‘Introduction to Handball Coaching Course’ for local teachers.

From an area not traditionally associated with the sport, Holy Trinity took a gamble four years ago by becoming the first school in the country to erect a purpose build One-Wall Handball Wall as part of GAA Handball’s One-Wall Schools Initiative. Now, with the game thriving in the school, the school has five Handball Walls (3 inside and 2 outside),  The school has been named as one of the elite few awarded the School of Excellence status by GAA Handball.

To build on the success of the game in the school, last Monday saw teachers from the local Primary schools attend a coaching day led by GAA Handball National Development Officer Darragh Daly.  Schools represented on the day included; Our Lady of Lourdes PS Greencastle, Crievagh PS, St Malachy’s PS Drumullan, St Columbkilles PS Carrickmore, Derrychrin PS Ballinderry, St Patrick’s PS Ardboe, Sacred Heart PS Rock, Holy Trinity PS Cookstown and St Mary’s PS Pomeroy. The session provided participants with demonstrations and exhibitions of the game, with many in attendance novices to the game.

The key aim of the session was to highlight the huge physical gains that Handball can bring and how this can be delivered as part of the PE Curriculum.  As well as actively participating in the various games participants at the end of the day clearly understood the benefits and fundamental movement skills.

The sport of Handball clearly has massive potential for growth, as highlighted by the spectacular World Handball Championships in the Citywest Arena, Dublin in October.  That tournament saw 23 purpose built courts hosting some 3500 matches involving 2000+ players.  The game is widely expected to become an Olympic sport in the near future and in doing so becoming the first GAA sport to truly reach international status.

The simplicity and financial feasibility of erecting Handball walls provides schools with a realistic option of developing the game, and many of Monday’s teachers left with clear intentions of pursuing the idea in their own schools. If any school would like further information on One-Wall Handball, on constructing a wall, or has an interest in attending a future course, please contact National Development Officer Darragh Daly on development.handball@gaa.ie or +353 (0) 1865 8649.

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