Ellina Mhlanga Sports Reporter
IN an effort to develop their handball players, Girls High School are sending two teams to the Hanse Cup set for this weekend in Hamburg, Germany. The tournament targets youth teams and Girls High will be fielding their Under-18 and Under-14s at the event scheduled for Friday to Monday.
The teams are expected to leave this morning for Germany and the school’s sports director, Miriam Moyo, said this is part of their development programmes.
“We are sending our Under-18 and Under-14 teams to Germany. It’s actually a development programme.
“We are going there as Girls High Handball Club. We are going to participate in the Hanse Cup from March 25 to 28.
“After that we are going to be linked to another school where we are going to have experts and professionals in handball working with us from the 29th of March to the 4th of April.
“We will be participating in a development programme basically. The aim is to equip the athletes with the latest skills in handball and expose them to the international standards.
“Our clubs have been to Sweden and Italy for these development programmes but it’s the first time in Germany,” said Moyo.
The teams compete in the Harare Schools league and Moyo said they are happy two of their players -Melisa Makuwe and Noma Suche – who were part of the national team that took part in a tournament in South Africa last year, will be going for trials during their Germany tour.
“We have two players that were identified by Germany scouts and they suggested they travel to Germany for trials at junior clubs.
“There is a tournament in Cape Town that happens every year, that’s when they were identified. We had travelled as Zimbabwe team there.
“Unfortunately, they could not afford to travel so we have now used this opportunity to ensure the girls travel with the teams to have for the trials.
“This is why we decided to have our Under-18 because these players are playing for the Under-18. We need them to get the exposure, so they are going as part of the team.
“But when we will be attached at a secondary school that is when they will be attached to clubs at junior level. It’s during that period that they get recommendations from the clubs,” said Moyo.
The Girls High sports director said they are hopeful they will continue excelling as their players get more exposure.
“Handball is a fast growing sport and its gaining popularity. When we started as Girls High we were identified as a School of Excellence and we want our girls to keep on doing well.”