Hillmead Primary School win Birchwood Sports Partnership Level 2 Primary School handball tournament
Hillmead were crowned the first Birchwood Sports Partnership Level 2 Primary School handball champions after some extra-time drama.
The pupils from the Woburn Avenue school in Bishop's Stortford got the better of Much Hadham's St Andrew's C of E in an exciting final.
There were 14 teams from six different schools competing in the competition, which was supported by Stansted Supers Handball Club's chair and coach Annica Farley.
Leaders from Birchwood High School in Years 7 to 10 refereed on the day with matches being played simultaneously on six pitches.
There was plenty of fast-paced action in the final and some fantastic saves from both goalkeepers kept the score down.
Hillmead and St Andrew's were locked together at 1-1 until the last minute of extra time when the former grabbed the winning goal.
Stansted Supers, who are moving to Stortford in September, have been busy visiting schools to teach handball both as part of the sports partnership and on a voluntary basis to provide continuing professional development to PE teachers.
Earlier in the year, Herts and Essex High School and Sawbridgeworth's Leventhorpe School represented the area in the School Games Handball County Finals at Wodson Park.
Handball is now played in more schools than ever before and participation levels are increasing. In the first year of the England Handball school competitions, in 2009-10, 25 school teams took part, but this year there were 1,750 teams competing.
Women and girls make up 42% of the game's registered players and handball is also one of the GCSE team sport options.
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