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Physical Fun and Friendly Furious: my intro to Handball

I’ve heard of Handball’s popularity in other parts of Europe with my Swedish and Hungarian friend very keen on the sport. I had never seen it or played it before myself. I’m always looking to take on a new challenge so thought I would give it a go.

I found it hard to grasp the hand position and grip on the ball. Growing up with netball all through school it was hard to turn off the netball technique which I’m so used to. The coach kept explaining that I needed to grip the ball in the palm of my hand and raise my arm far behind my head. A few drills later and I still couldn’t master it. She tried another approach “Think of the movement like a whip; raising your arm high with a quick swish and flicking action from your wrist. You could even try making the noise as you do it.” Surprisingly that worked! I made the whipping noise and threw the ball correctly for the first time all evening!

It was now time for a passing game, not quite ready to play Handball yet. We were divided into two teams. The first team to reach 11 passes back to back without dropping the ball won. It didn’t take us long to realise that the key to winning was short quick passes. This was a key skill to Handball.

After a few games we were ready to play the real thing. Still in the same teams but now assigned positions. I was assigned as the goalkeeper. As the goalkeeper I was the only player allowed in the scoring D. In this section the goalkeeper can also move and dribble with the ball as much as they want. Other players can only move 3 steps with the ball and dribble with a few bounces, unlike basketball where you can bounce the ball up and down as much as you like. The goalkeeper is able to leave the goal area and play on the rest of the court, even to shoot but that means leaving the goal wide open, which I learnt the hard way was not a good thing to do! Not sure if these are the exact rules as there weren’t as many players as there are on a normal team, so the coach may have adapted them.

Our technique of quick short passes worked really well for my team and we managed to win 10-6! With lots of running and sprinting, I quickly determined that Handball is a fast paced game! A great cardio workout and loads of fun! The women at the session, like me, had never played before but we were all raving about the sport by the end of it! We hadn’t met before but all vowed to go back again and play the following week. It’s a very sociable game as it’s a team sport. We all got on well and enjoyed playing as a team!

Why not give it a go? It would be great to have enough players for a full team of 7-a-side, that way I wouldn’t have to play two positions and cover the goal!

Handball is the new edition to Us Girls for the summer. Come along and try it at Wanstead Leisure Centre Tuesdays 8pm-9pm and Thursdays 6pm-7pm.

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Post Author: Sarah O’Brien


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The Do More Team hit “The Streets”

Today was the launch of The Streets in Redbridge, a brand new cultural programme with the aim cathy & toni at The Streetsof raising the profile of the High Road in Ilford by creating an appetite for live performance in public spaces. And the launch certainly achieved this as workers in their lunch hour and shoppers joined forces with your Do More team to listen to the sounds of local musicians and Australian special guest performer, Ben Walsh.

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As we approached the High Road from Clements Road, we could hear the beat of the drums getting ever closer before The Imperial Dhol Drummers, dressed in their fine purple robes, appeared amongst the throng of shoppers, playing as they walked along the pedestrianised street. The beat was infectious and we followed them to the performance area just outside of Waterstones Book Shop where their set ended to rapturous applause.

Here there was a raised stage and we could see the amazing drum wheel made of recycled blue barrels waiting to be played, the lady compère took to the stage to introduce the acts.  First up was Ben Walsh who channelled his energy through the drums to create a heart thumping sound to which you just couldn’t help tapping out the rhythm to on the pavement! His arms swung round in all directions hitting every one of the drums that encircled him providing a spectacular performance and an electric atmosphere. The Imperial Dhol Drummers made a return to the stage for a joint performance with Ben which then brought his set to a close.

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The next performance came from Indian classical violinist Joytsna Srikanth also an accomplished western classical musician. She was accompanied by Bangalore Dreams on keyboard and drums and together they managed to combine both traditional and modern sounds to delight the audience who got involved with the performance by clapping and chanting bringing a smile to many a face.

Local press where out in abundance and even a camera crew from BBC London Tonight were there to capture the first performance which we hope will inspire many other local musicians and artists to get involved with The Streets programme.

If you were there today, let us know what you thought.  If you are a performer and would like to get involved, drop us an email at culture@visionrcl.org.uk

If you missed the performance but want to keep up to date on what’s happening next, check out the website which will be updated shortly.

Post Author: Cathy Pace


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Meet Miss England semi-finalist at Fairlop Fair

Miss Redbridge, Krishna Solanki, is in the running to become Miss England after securing a place in the semi-finals. Having just finished her second year studying maths at Portsmouth University, she had to juggle the pageant with revising for her exams, which she finished just a couple of days before the heats. Krishna, who is a qualified dancer and part-time model, will be appearing at the Fairlop Fair on Saturday 4 July where you can chat to her and have your picture taken.

Born and brought up in the London Borough of Redbridge, Krishna tells us her reasons behind running for Miss England and her involvement in the Redbridge community.

“I have been an advocate against discrimination since childhood. My quest to participate in the Miss England competition stemmed from my earlier experiences as a child facing prejudices within my own community; being a dark skinned South Asian girl where fair/ light skin is favoured. Miss England gives me the platform on a global scale to the raise awareness on equality and help fight all forms of discrimination and prejudices by showcasing talents and helping the underprivileged by raising money for Charity through Beauty with a Purpose, the charity for Miss World.

Last year I qualified as a Semi-Finalist of Miss England after gaining two titles; Miss Charity Essex and Miss Popularity Essex 2014 after completing a sponsored 40km walk that helped to raise £700 for Beauty With a Purpose. This year I completed a 45km walk and run and so far I have raised £660. Donations can still be made via Virgin Money Giving.

As Miss Redbridge I have been invited to take part in events within the borough. I had the privilege to open Ken Aston Square for Light Night in Barkingside, alongside the Mayor, Councillors and MPs. I also modelled hair and make-up in a fashion show held in the square for the local salon Studio MG. Studio MG are my sponsors for the Miss England Semi-Finals and I will be proudly modelling their hair and make-up for the event on Sunday 5 July.

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I am looking forward to being back at Fairlop Fair this year. I had a lot of fun last year judging the Gingerbread Man Competition and will be the judge again this year. Come and see me in the Fairlop Fair Arena.

Thank you and please keep showing your support by voting for me and donating towards my fundraiser! “

Krishna will be happy to pose with anybody at the Fairlop Fair but in return she would like you to Vote for her by texting – MISS SEMI46 to 63333 – texts cost 50p plus standard network rate, voting money goes to charity.

The semi-final for Miss England takes place the following day on Sunday 5 July! So get voting!

See what else is happening at Fairlop Fair on Saturday 4 July!

Post Author: Krishna Solanki