Representatives of British Handball, together with England and Scottish Handball, travelled this week to the International Handball Federation (IHF) Head Office in Basel, Switzerland, to meet with the IHF about a number of topics relating to the continued development of handball within Great Britain.
As reported on the IHF website – read article here – a number of issues were discussed, most notably that the IHF has agreed to continue supporting youth handball development in Great Britain, both through the GB age group team programmes and at grassroots level, with the quality of the GB talent/national team pathway programme singled out for praise.
“We are hugely grateful to Dr Hassan Moustafa for hosting this meeting and to the IHF for their continued support for handball in Great Britain,” said British Handball Association (BHA) Chairman Paul Bray who attended the meeting.
“We have also benefited from new IHF and EHF initiatives and subsidies which have made more international competitions accessible to the GB teams and we thank both the IHF and the EHF for their ongoing help at all levels.”
Alongside Paul Bray, England Handball Association (EHA) Chief Executive Officer David Meli and Scottish Handball Association (SHA) Chief Operating Officer Stevie Neilson attended the meeting from the British side, while IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa, IHF Managing Director Amal Khalifa, Chairman of the IHF Commission of Coaching and Methods, Dietrich Späte and IHF Competitions Director Patric Strub were in attendance from the IHF.
Also attending the meeting were European Handball Federation (EHF) President Michael Wiederer and EHF Secretary General Martin Hausleitner.