The EHF encourages and supports member federations to create sustainable development in their federations and for handball in their country. Federations can apply for EHF Master Plan funding in line with the common goals and objectives set out by the EHF.British Handball are delighted to announce that in October 2023, they secured EHF Master Plan funding to develop two specific projects. These projects (based on annual reviews with EHF) will run from October 2023 until August 2026. The two projects are:
1. Introduce a national team development process for current W17 national team progressing through the pathway.
Specially this is aligned to the need to further promote female handball in this country, to foster a robust individual development programme, to create better physical improvements within female handball, and create more competitive opportunities at an earlier age.
Part of this programme will be to host the W19 EHF Championships in 2025 in collaboration with EHA and SHA.
2.. Invest in elite coach development for next generation of GBR coaches (6 coaches per year), and via these coaches strengthen the pathway from grassroots to SHA/EHA academies
Specifically, we will invest in our future coaches developing them in a year long programme lead by our Master Coaches Mark Hawkins and Ricardo Vasconcelos. The programme will go through various modules of learning, mentorship, project work and practical experience domestically and overseas.
The BHA are extremely grateful to the EHF for providing us with the opportunity to develop handball in Great Britain across these two vital areas.