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A team of Year 8 girls from Rushcliffe School have made history by becoming the first school, not only from Nottingham, but from the East Midlands to win the National Handball Finals


The girls beat off competition from over 1000 schools to win the tournament - an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact the girls only started playing the game in October last year.

Captain of the team, Ellie Maltby, said: "We went into the Nationals with a goal of winning at least one of our games, but ended up finding ourselves in the final. When the final whistle sounded in the final and we realised we had won it was the best moment ever and everyone went mental. We were screaming and shouting and couldn't believe that we had become National Champions without ever losing a game. It was the best experience and we will never forget it".

To get to the final the girls won the South Notts Partnership competition, qualifying for the Nottingham Winter School games. They then won the Winter Games to get through to the East Midlands Regional finals. Victory there secured qualification for the National Finals in the Under 13 Category.

The team’s coach, PE teacher Mr McCann, said: “The effort these girls have put in, practicing every week during their lunchtimes, has been admirable. They beat tough opposition. 1200 schools entered this competition and we are number 1. The whole school is incredibly proud.”


The team is:
Ellie Maltby, Esmie Winwood, Summa Betts, Ella Trott, Ella Loveridge, Kate Ford Marsden, Mia Barnes, Kyra MacDonald