Wow, what a hectic night Thursday night was, but for all the right reasons. It started a little bit earlier than usual for me, as we had the BBC online team coming down, so for 90 minutes before the session we were doing various interviews and photos. You can read the article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-19759719 . Once again, I’d like to thank the BBC for their coverage, and hopefully it will help us bring in a few more players, possibly help us attract some sponsorship and generally raise the level of awareness about the club.
Thursday’s session was also our first since Coventry University returned for their new academic year. We’d had a stall at their Sports and Societies Fayre on Wednesday, and from that we knew that there was huge interest amongst the students in playing Handball. How much of this interest would be converted into attendance though, we really weren’t sure. As it turned out, quite a lot. Having been getting around the 20 mark for each of our first three sessions, our attendance suddenly rocketed to over 50. Given that it was Freshers’ Week, we’ve also had plenty of other students telling us they couldn’t make this week’s session but will definitely attend next week. I think it’s fair to say that there is enough interest, and equally plenty of talent, to form a club of their own, although we’ll always be more than happy to see any student from either Coventry or Warwick Uni attend any of our sessions.
I’d be lying to say that trying to run a session that everyone would enjoy didn’t provide a few challenges given the numbers, but you can’t think of negatives when a turnout like that offers so many positives. So, we made the best use of the time and space we had available. First, we split the group into two. Those who had no previous Handball experience went into one half of the court and we ran through the basic skills and rules in much the same way as we had done for our very first session. The other half of the court was full of those who had some previous Handball experience, and they went through some new drills that Lukasz has put together. I didn’t get the chance to try them myself as I was working with the new players, but from what I saw they looked like a lot of fun.
Then, as we’ve been doing for the past two weeks, half way through the session we started playing games. Obviously the option to rotate three teams as we had been doing was no longer available, so we organised five teams of around ten, with each team using rolling subs and playing two matches each. It wasn’t quite as neat and tidy as last week, but it seemed to work.
One of the other big positives to come from the attendance figure was that we are now in a position to offer additional sessions. We’ve got the first of these booked for this Monday (1st October), at 20:30-21:30. Venue and cost will be the same as the Thursday session. For a variety of tedious reasons we have booked this session initially as a one-off, though we’re definitely hoping to run it as a regular session. As to what we do with this extra session, well, ultimately it’s down to you. The extra time gives us plenty of different options, so if you turn up on Monday we’ll ask at the start how you want the session to progress and tailor our session accordingly. Hopefully we’ll see plenty of you there, and as always if you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, once again I can thank every one who attended Thursday night’s session. Hopefully you will all want to come back to our sessions over the next few weeks. Those days leading up to the first session where we were worried we wouldn’t get enough people for a proper game seem like a long time ago now.