Students studying on the Level 3 Sport Performance and Excellence at TyneMet College were recently introduced to the fast paced game of Handball.

The new practical skills and techniques learned will be used as examples by the students to complete the element of the course that covers Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport.

Handball is an exciting and action-packed team sport which is great fun to play, it is recognized as the fastest ball sport in the world and has become a massive hit in Britain after the successful London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 19 students who were all new to the game were introduced to the rules, format and tactics of the game by Marlen Slinning, Head Coach and Robin Gevilette, Assistant Coach from the Newcastle Vikings Handball Club.

The Newcastle Vikings are the first developmental Handball Club in Newcastle and were founded in 2012. Marlen is the Head Coach and the driving force behind the club, she originally comes from Norway and has years of experience playing and teaching handball. Passionate about developing young people and adults in the art of handball she was delighted to come to TyneMet College to deliver four training sessions to the Sports students.

Marlen said:

“Our mission is to grow Handball in Newcastle as a community development tool for the years to come, with an aim of creating sustainable handball teams in different age/gender groups taking part in the England and Scotland Handball tournaments and leagues.

“We really enjoyed the sessions we delivered at TyneMet College. We were able to showcase this amazing sport to the students, some of whom have expressed a keen interest in joining some of the Viking’s training sessions.”

Warick Stephenson, Head of Care, Sport and Leisure, TyneMet College, said:

“The Level 3 Sport Performance and Excellence course examines the role of the professional sports person as well as the key concepts within sports coaching so this activity was extremely useful to the students.

“We encourage the students to build up their portfolio of sporting activities so that they can adjust coaching procedures to fit the need of a whole range of sporting disciplines.”

For more information about Sport courses at TyneMet College, call and speak to a student advisor on 0191 229 5000, email or visit

Newcastle Vikings Handball Club meet every Wednesday, junior sessions, 19:00 to 20:00 and  adults sessions 20:00 to 22:00, at Percy Hedley Sports Academy, West Lane, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 7BH. For more information visit