Barking and Dagenham handball team pick up gold at youth games

Girls from a Barking and Dagenham handball team triumphed at a London-wide sporting event.

The team, from Barking Abbey Secondary School, beat Hackney, Richmond and Southwark to win gold at a London Youth Games tournament at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, south London.

Ismael Arrate, who coached the girls, praised his players.

He said: “They worked really well as a team. They listened and managed to get great success.

“They had very good teamwork and cohesion and everybody got along and worked well together.”

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The girls’ tournament impressed watching Great Britain player Louise Jukes, who said: “The London Youth Games is a properly-run tournament so it’s nice for them to win medals and be able to have everyone watching and encouraging.”

The London Youth Games in an on-going multi-sport event for youngsters aged seven to 18.

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