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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Coaching Plans Receive A Boost

ENGLAND Handball’s plans to develop the sport in communities across the country took a major step forward last week when they staged the first of their coaching and development days.

The project aims to give coaches and teachers the tools they need to get more kids than ever before playing handball, and the scheme has won the backing of the European Handball Federation who have generously provided 45,000 Euros (£37,600) for the three-year project.

More than 40 representatives from clubs across England attended the first session at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool, where the main speaker was Roman Filz from Austria, a top EHF lecturer in child and youth coaching who addressed the meeting for eight hours.

“This is the first step in encouraging our clubs to work with local schools and youth groups,” said EHA chairman Mike Briers. “The aim is to run regular weekly sessions for children at under-13 and under-15 level and integrating them into their club structure.”

The EHF funding will allow England Handball to train and educate present members with two sessions each year, develop the necessary coaching skills required to work with young people, purchase equipment, fund initial sports hall hire costs and support the EHA's desire to bring in expertise from mainland Europe.

Ten clubs were represented at the initial session, and Briers added: “It was an excellent day and all representatives enjoyed the sessions and felt that they had learnt a lot.

“It is anticipated the Clubs will soon be able to stage inter club fixtures and hopefully and end of season Festival or Tournament.”

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