Tala girls hosts handball training clinic.

Tala girls hosts handball training clinic.

Tala girls hosts handball training clinic.

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Machakos based Tala Girls High School last week hosted a one week handball basics training clinic which was organized by the ministry of sports and youths affairs.The course, the first of its kind in the region, involved execution of coaching and refereeing rules and tactics, both theory and practical.

The high end training attracted 29 participants including eight women. Kenya National Sports Institute Director, Joseph Kirima, who presided over the prize giving ceremony, revealed that the Sports Ministry committed Sh. 400, 000 in the training. The participants were issued with certificates after successfully completing the training.

Kirima said the Ministry will conduct another follow-up course to ensure that the knowledge imparted to the participants is being put into good use to ensure the progress of the trainees in the discipline.

“The training is part of the Ministry’s strategic plan to promote development of sports all over Kenya. The Ministry has already conducted similar trainings on sitting volleyball and basketball,” said Kirima.

The handball lectures were delivered by men’s national coach Jack Ochieng, his women counterpart Peter Mwathi and Kenya Handball Federation fixtures secretary Charles Omondi who is also an international lecturer in playing Rules and Referees Commission. Continental referee George Odeko took the participants through a series of practical.

The participants were mostly beginners in handball. They were mostly teachers and school leavers from the region. They are now required by the Ministry to establish and manage handball in their various schools and the areas where they stay.

“There has been shortage of referees in this region and I can say this training is a windfall to us,” commented Justina Mwatu, a biology and chemistry teacher at the school who is also a continental referee. Mwatu, who is well vast with handball officiating, has helped raise Kenyan flag high at regional and continental events including Africa women’s U21 Challenge Cup in Rwanda in 2010 among others.

Tala Girls High School principal, Esther Mulwa was glad that the international coaches who carried the training had a chance to impart knowledge to the determined handball school team who have vowed to thrash opponents in this year’s school games.

Mulwa is grateful to the Sports Ministry for gifting her school with equipments after the training and is looking forward for a similar kind of training in the future at her school.

She has requested the government to make her school the second Talent Centre in Eastern region after the Matuu Memorial High School.

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