AN OLYMPIC star has come to Orpington to help launch a handball scheme.

Athlete Mark Hawkins, who represented Great Britain at the sport in last years’ Olympics, visited the Walnuts Leisure Centre on April 18, in Lych Gate Road, to help social enterprise Mytime Active get youngsters involved.

The 12 week pilot programme which includes three free sessions is also supported by Bromley Council, the England Handball Association and Proactive London.

Mr Hawkins said: “I am so happy to see handball taking off at this leisure centre, it is giving a range of people the chance to play, and is great for the growth of the sport. 

“I am glad to be able to come along and give advice, play in the games, and ultimately, encourage people to come back week after week.”

People across the country saw British handball teams in action at the Olympics and it is hoped initiatives such as this will help it become of the fastest growing sports in the country.

Walnuts Leisure Centre General Manager Kay Skelton said: “I am really keen to ensure that the sessions become part of our regular programme after the 12 week pilot and support the expansion of the programme around the borough.”

It will take place each Thursday between 7.30pm and 9pm.

The first three sessions are free with subsequent classes costing £3.50.

For more information, call 01689 870 533.