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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

English Coaches Continue to Improve

ENGLAND Handball’s coach training initiative continues to be rolled out, with the first Smart Plan Coaching Weekend being held in London last month.

The session was delivered by Roman Filtz, the appointed EHF Tutor from Austria, who delivered a similar course last January in Liverpool to the first group of clubs.

The clubs involved in the Smart Plan this time were Newham Flames, Haringey, Morley, Salford, Newark, Peterborough, Cannock, Biddick and Manchester Hawks.

All the organisation was done by John Thomason, EHA Development Manager and Tom Smith, EHA Club and Universities Liaison Officer.

The session took place at Herschel Grammar School in Slough, west of London. The Sports Hall was splendid, giving a court of 38m x 20m which is excellent for Club and Youth Handball.

Roman gave out a huge amount of most useful advice and guidance to the coaches, many of whom were in their late teens and are already delivering sessions to younger boys and girls.

Members of the EHA staff, Chris Park and Liam McCarthy were also present, as were top coach Donna Hankinson and Referee Kristian Marsh.

Many of the clubs are relatively new to the handball scene but this is surely the future of Handball in England.

This was an excellent course and the second session is due to take place in Jan/Feb 2012 in the North of England.

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