Boards & Commissions

Executive Committee (EXEC)

The Executive Committee is the leading body of the organisation on an internal level. The EHF Executive meets on a quarterly basis.

Bringing the year to a close, the face of the Executive underwent a notable change. In 2016, the decisions taken by this group, led by Jean Brihault and Arne Elovsson, proved beneficial to many – federations, stakeholders, and partners alike. This intensified the positive cooperation on many levels, and for that, it is the recently elected that owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women. In November, the new Executive Committee assumed their great responsibility and moving forward we will continue to work in this progressive vein.

Predrag Bošković – Vice President

President
Michael Wiederer (AUT)
Vice President
Predrag Boskovic (MNE)
Treasurer
Henrik La Cour (DEN)
CC Chairman
Bozidar Djurkovic (SRB)
MC Chairman
Jerzy Eliasz (POL)
BC Chairman
Ole R. Jørstad (NOR)
Member
Stefan Lövgren (SWE)
Member
Gabriella Horvath (HUN)
Member
Anrijs Brencans (LAT)
PHB Chairman
Xavier O'Callaghan (ESP)
WHB Chair
Narcisa Lecusanu (ROU)

2012-2016

President
Jean Brihault
Vice President
Arne Elovsson
Treasurer
Ralf Dejaco
CC Chairman
Leopold Kalin
MC Chairman
Jerzy Eliasz
BC Chairman
Ole R. Jørstad
Vice President
Predrag Boskovic
Member
Per Bertelsen
Member
Helga Magnusdottir
PHB Chairman
Joan Marin
WHB Chairwoman
Lidija Bojić-Ćaćić

2016 Review:

Two top EHF EURO events on a senior level, an illuminated Conference for Secretaries Generals in Dubrovnik, the successful Congress in the Salzkammgut bringing a changing of the guard throughout the EHF commissions and bodies, the implementation of new technologies on the court, a pleasant mix of new champions and title defenders – the list could go on. The representatives of the EHF, by being present at countless events and meetings on the sport-political level, upheld the good relationships within the sporting community. Another element that was essential to the Executive Committee working on this level was the open communication and the exchange of knowledge, not only was the EHF able to educate, it was also able to learn. The Executive Committee also had the honour of overseeing the activities of the entire European Federation and it was only with the continued cooperation of the esteemed Member Federations, partners, and stakeholders who remain committed to the development of handball that the EHF was able to fulfil its obligations to the sport.

2017 Preview:

Moving into 2017, the European Handball Federation and its subsidiary EHF Marketing are strong and stable; to maintain this position and in order to grow, the Executive Committee must be the leading example for the European handball community. There are great times ahead; fourteen European teams have the chance of another international title in January, the first edition of the Women’s 17 and 19 EHF EURO events played with the newly implemented system and the finals of the 2016/17 European Cup are among the competition highlights of the year. The Conference for Secretaries General in addition to all the meetings of the Technical Commissions, etc., as well as the 4th edition of the EHF Scientific Conference and the Conference of Presidents are also on the calendar; these administrative events are the opportunity to underscore the importance of transparency and exchange information on the highest levels of leadership within the federations and the stakeholder groups. The Executive Committee looks forward to the New Year and is ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that await in the various areas of the sport.

Competitions Commission (CC)

The Competitions Commission oversees the organisation and development of the EHF club and national team competitions for men and women as well as all matters of officiating.

The spectrum of activities within the Competitions Commission can seem like a daunting responsibility to place on a team where three out of the five members changed in 2016. However, the newly reconstituted commission brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to every aspect of the competition realm. Through 2017 and beyond, we will continue to realise the vision of our predecessors doing our part to bring handball forward.”

Božidar Djurković – Chairman

CC Chairman
Bozidar Djurkovic (SRB)
Member Men's Competitions
Jan Kampman (DEN)
Member Women's Competitions
Carmen Manchado (ESP)
Member Refereeing
Dragan Nachevski (MKD)
Member Club Competitions
Radoslaw Wasiak (FCH/POL)

2012-2016

Chairman
Leopold Kalin
Competitions Men
Martin Hausleitner
Member Women's Competitions
Carmen Manchado
Member Refereeing
Dragan Nachevski
Club Competitions
Sandor Andorka
FCH Club Representative
Radoslaw Wasiak

2016 Review:

In a process that started in 2012 under the chairmanship of Leopold Kalin, the Competitions Commission implemented the new structure for the Younger Age Category (YAC) competitions; the first edition of the new system took place in 2016 with the M18 EURO and three M18 European Championships; following evaluation the first adaptions will be seen in the first edition of the Women’s 17 EURO and the Women’s 17 European Championship events as well as Women’s 19 EURO in 2017. To EHF EURO 2020, 48 National Federations registered for the qualification; Phase 1 commenced in November 2016 and will conclude in January 2017; the three winners of the three groups will qualify for Qualification Phase 2. Also in 2016 the Women’s EHF Cup was adapted to mirror the Men’s EHF Cup system, which meant that the objective to have a three-tiered club competition for both genders was fully realised by 2016. In addition to various other projects, the CC together with the professionals also provided competition organisers with digital manuals, a visual aid which contains the requirements and details regarding the set-up of a venue for the various competitions.

2017 Preview:

The Competitions Commission is looking forward to many top events on both the club and national team levels. 2017 will start with the continuation of the qualification to the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 and the IHF Men’s World Championship where Europe will be represented by fourteen teams. Moreover, on the national team level, the Competitions Commission will contribute in part to the qualitative and quantitative analyses of EHF EURO 2016 in SWE led by the Methods Commission. All club teams will return from their winter hiatus dominating the first half of the year before bringing the 2016/17 season to a close in spectacular fashion in the cities of Budapest, Göppingen, and Cologne. In cooperation with the Technical Delegation, the Competitions Commission will continue to place emphasis on anti-doping education within the framework of summer 2017 YAC events and the EHF are pleased to have the continued support of the National Federations in this area.

Methods Commission (MC)

The Methods Commission lends focus to coaching and technical matters, education and training in cooperation with EHF CAN (Competence Academy & Network); development of European handball at the grassroots level is supported through various programmes.

The Methods Commission continues to strive for excellence on the technical level. Handball is beautiful, dynamic and vibrant sport and, among other things, our work aims to ensure that our sport has referees, delegates, and coaches educated on the highest level. In this way, we can provide the elements that support the teams, and in turn make each and every game of a competition, a great game!

Jerzy Eliasz, Chairman

MC Chairman
Jerzy Eliasz (POL)
Member methods and coaching
Sjors Röttger (NED)
Member education and training
Peter Kovacs (HUN)
Member youth, school & non-competitive sport
Klaus Feldmann (GER)
Member development
Pedro Sequeira (POR)
Member (nominated)
Marta Bon (SLO)

2012-2016

Chairman
Jerzy Eliasz
Member methods and coaching
Sjors Röttger
Member education and training
Peter Kovacs
Youth, school & non-competitive sport
Juan Lorenzo Anton Garcia
Member development
Pedro Sequeira
Gender Representative
Nina Britt

2016 Review:

The reach of the Methods Commission in 2016 exceeded all expectations; from education programmes for EHF Officials, club managers, and coaches, as well as concentrated engagement with the National Federations on the level of the RINCK Convention and development, the MC was present. The activities of the group included the coordination of the EHF Expert Group on the Rules of the Game through the EHF CAN, an expert evaluation on women’s ball sizes that led to sending the findings in a formal report to the IHF, as well as engaging with Goalcha, a company that specialises in providing handball programmes for children aged 6-9 years old. In 2016, the MC also returned to the area of wheelchair handball; the Commission played a key role within the working group that focused on the cohesion of the rules; furthermore, the 2016 European Wheelchair Handball Tournament took place in Sölvesberg, Sweden in December 2016. Over the course of the year, the Methods Commission were involved in the EHF CAN optimised workshops, courses, and seminars that took place across Europe.

2017 Preview:

In 2017, the Methods Commission will focus on peeling back the layers of the medical aspect of handball. Preparations that began in 2016 will drive the Methods Commission in building and shaping the Health Science Network; this specialist platform led by leading experts in the field of sports physiology and sports medicine will examine and evaluate the aspects of the game that are rarely the primary focus of a sports organisation. Objectives of the Health Science Network include finding a way to reduce the number of injuries and making handball a safer sport. The Methods Commission will make it a priority to delve into the areas aimed at finding inclusive solutions for players in the areas of psychology, physiology, social environment, as well as the topic of the dual career (on and off the court). Parallel to this, the standard activities of the Methods Commission will also go ahead – education, coaches’ licensing, and support of the National Federations via development programmes. 2017 aims to be a very interesting year for the Methods Commission.

Beach Handball Commission (BC)

The Beach Handball Commission is dedicated to the organisation of beach handball competitions and events, the development of the sport, and technical aspects including refereeing.

In 2017, the Beach Handball Commission will continue to support and engage the EHF Members Federations in all areas of Beach Handball. This dynamic and impressive sport remains highly entertaining to its followers and its potential is boundless. Together, we will take beach handball to the Olympic Games.

Ole R. Jørstad, Chairman

BC Chairman
Ole R. Jørstad (NOR)
Member events and competitions
Marco Trespidi (ITA)
Member Officiating
Ivan Sabovik (SVK)
Member development and promotion
Georgios Bebetsos (GRE)
Member
Jelena Rakonjac (SRB)
Member game design & coaching
Juan Carlos Zapardiel (ESP)

2012-2016

Chairman
Ole R. Jorstad
Member events and competitions
Marco Trespidi
Officiating
Gabriella Horvath
Game design and coaching
Sinisa Ostoic
Member development and promotion
Georgios Bebetsos

2016 Review:

The Beach Handball Commission added two new educational videos to their collection – indoor preparation for beach handball – which are available on the EHF activities website; pushing forward on the educational front, online testing for beach referees and delegates was fully integrated in 2016. On the competitions side, the first beach highlight was the ebt Finals that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in May, where the electronic score sheet was successfully introduced to beach handball for the first time. This was followed by 32 teams hitting the beach for the M/W16 EUROs for which a comprehensive qualitative analysis was published in July. The 3rd edition of the Beach Handball Champions Cup in November 2016 rounded off another great year for the sport as the performance of the club teams reached new heights. All of the thrilling moments under the sun can be relived in the various EHF publications.

2017 Preview:

With the Beach Handball EHF EUROs for youth and senior teams leading the summer events, the Beach Handball Commission remains on the mission to raise the profile of the independent sports disciple that offers a hot alternative for handball players across Europe. The focus on these events will be intensified as they link to the primary Beach Handball Commission objective of getting a place on the list of IOC Olympic Disciplines – with the motto: via Fair Play to the Olympics, the commission will intensify the implementation of its marketing strategy. On the heels of the National Team Championships, the club team championships will follow in Gran Canaria for the 4th edition of the Beach Handball Champions Cup. In 2017, another priority of the Beach Handball Commission is to build on the cooperation with the EHF Member Federations and, with strategic and tailored promotion, encouraged the participation of more federations.

EHF Comptrollers (COMPT)

The EHF Comptrollers serve as internal auditors to the European Handball Federation; this is an elected body that prepares reports for the Executive Committee and the Congress and who meet prior to independent audits.

Assuming the role of Head Comptroller from Wolfgang Gremmel in November, it has now become my purpose, and that of my colleagues, Jutta Ehrmann-Wolf and Robert Prettenthaler, to maintain the financial integrity of the European Handball Federation and its interests. The Comptrollers look forward to the tasks ahead.

Alain Koubi – EHF Comptroller

Member
Alain Koubi (FRA)
Member
Jutta Ehrmann (GER)
Substitute
Robert Prettenthaler (AUT)

2012-2016

Member
Wolfgang Gremmel
Member
Bozidar Djurkovic
Substitute
Robert Prettenthaler

2016 Review:

On behalf of the EHF Congress, it is the responsibility of the EHF Comptrollers to inspect the balance sheets that have been prepared by the EHF Office and already submitted to the external auditor for the accounts to be discharged in accordance with the governing laws. With the EHF working to the calendar year and EHF Marketing working to the fiscal year, the Comptrollers met in Vienna on two different occasions and conducted the internal audit of both enterprises. Having reviewed and examined the comprehensive documentation supplied by the organisations, the Comptrollers proved the accuracy and exactness of the information provided. In 2016, the Comptrollers bore witness to the financial correctness of the transaction of the European Handball Federation for the years 2014 and 2015. For EHF marketing the accounting for the seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15 were audited. The Comptrollers also performed an interim comparison of the two year budget as presented at Congress in 2014 and the actual results; furthermore the work of the Comptrollers eliminated any intimation of disorder. Again, the work of the Comptrollers underpinned the veracity of the office professionals.

2016 Preview:

Within the bounded framework of the Austrian law and European legislation, and with the assistance of Henrik La Cour, the EHF Treasurer, and Andrea Moser, EHF Chief Finance Officer, the EHF Comptrollers will continue to uphold their obligation to oversee the accounting practices within the EHF and EHF Marketing. The first meeting of the Comptrollers will take place in April 2017 followed by a second meeting in October; prior to the meetings the balance sheets will be prepared once again by the professionals in the EHF office. In the year to come with discretion, the Comptrollers oversee the sustainability of the EHF by being prudent and meticulous with the accounts.

EHF Court of Handball (CoH)

The EHF Court of Handball handles disputes in the first instance. Cases of first instance refer to infringements of the EHF/IHF Regulations, disciplinary offences and disputes in connection with competitions between National Federations or clubs.

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I have been chosen to fill very big shoes! It goes without saying that Rui Coelho was instrumental in forging the legal system that is appropriately active in the EHF today. It is fortunate that my experience within the EHF legal commissions dates back to 2000. Together with the other elected members, the Court of Handball will continue to adjudicate fairly in all proceedings.

Panos Antoniou

President
Panos Antoniou (CYP)
Vice President
Henk Lenaerts (NED)
Vice President
Kristian Johansen (FAR)
Member
Elena Borras Alcaraz (ESP)
Member
Ioannis Karanasos (GRE)
Member
Libena Sramkova (CZE)
Member
Yvonne Leuthold (SUI)
Member
Urmo Sitsi (EST)
Member
Viktor Konoplyastyi (UKR)

2012-2016

President
Rui Coelho
Vice President
Tapio Arponen
President
Panos Antoniou
Member
Viktor Konoplyastyi
Member
Jolanta Jankeviciene
Member
Willy Tobler
Member
Ioannis Karanasos
Vice President
Henk Lenaerts

2016 Review:

Covering the 2015/16 handball season, the Court of Handball responsible for cases that cover organisational issues, conflicts, disciplinary cases and competitions, dealt with 32 cases; the figure represented, for the third consecutive season, a drop in the number of cases being submitted for resolution in the first instance. The cases included exclusion, marketing and security issues as well as unsportsmanlike conduct. The Court of Handball recognised the efforts made in the area of preparing officials for matches as well as the improved implementation of the regulations by the clubs and the National Federations. The majority of the cases sent to the Court of Handball for adjudication were treated within one week of the report being filed

2017 Preview:

EHF Honorary Member and Former Court of Handball President, Rui Coelho intoned that the continued success of the Court of Handball would be dependent on the independence, neutrality, competence, and fairness within the legal bodies being upheld. It is the intention of the Court of Handball to do this, and more. Not only in the coming year, but also in the years to come, emphasis will be placed on becoming more visible among the federations and clubs by providing more comprehensive information on what the Court of Handball does and how the first instance can be of assistance to parties who have the need to lodge a claim.

EHF Court of Appeal (CoA)

The EHF Court of Appeal was created to examine and decide on cases in the second instance.

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to serve the EHF Court of Appeal for another term. The interesting and necessary work undertaken by the CoA covers a broad range of disciplinary areas where the fair and balanced judgement can be applied. I hope that the EHF Court of Appeal can continue in the same way.

Markus Plazer – Court of Appeal

President
Markus Plazer (AUT)
Vice President
Jens Bertel Rasmussen (DEN)
Member
Nicolae Vizitiu (MDA)
Member
Robert Czaplicki (POL)
Member
Maxim Gulevich (RUS)
Member
Roland Schneider (SUI)
Member
Milan Petronijevic (SRB)
Member (nominated)
Janka Stasova (SVK)
Member (nominated)
Ketevan Koberidze (GEO)

2012-2016

President
Markus Plazer
Vice President
Jens Bertel Rasmussen
Member
Nicolae Vizitiu
Member
Lúcio Correia
Member
Roland Schneider
Member
Marek Szajna
Member
Milan Petronijevic

2016 Review:

In the 2015/16 season, the EHF Court of Appeal dealt with seven cases. During the EHF EURO Qualifications, Final Tournament matches, Final4s and the matches of the EHF Cup Finals, the members of the Court of Appeal also comprised the ad hoc commissions that dealt with disciplinary cases in an expeditious manner.

2017 Preview:

Approximately 15% of all 1st instance cases are appealed to the second instance; this is a validation of the good work of the Court of Handball. However, the need remains for the second instance and in 2017, the Court of Appeal and its members will be ready to deal with the cases that arise.

EHF Court of Arbitration (ECA)

The EHF Court of Arbitration is an independent body offering the means to solve disputes by professionals in a flexible and efficient way. A party having recourse to the EHF Court of Arbitration proceedings to solve a dispute renounces civil court remedies.

The dynamism of handball is what leads to new situations which when presented can reveal the need for legal recourse. It is an important task to provide parties with an effective remedy. The ECA supports an already solid legal system. Together with my colleagues, the ECA will be accessible when it is needed.

Francesco Purromuto

President
Francesco Purromuto (ITA)
Vice President
Jacques Bettenfeld (FRA)
Vice President
Bogdan Sojkin (POL)

2012-2016

President
Jörgen Holmqvist
Vice President
Janka Stasova
Vice President
Jacques Bettenfeld

2016 Review:

In the 2015/16 season, the EHF Court of Arbitration, led by Jörgen Holmqvist, undertook reforms for the future concerning European sports arbitration in the area of handball. This list will certainly increase following the motion passed at the last EHF Congress according to which, EHF stakeholders will now have the possibility to nominate arbitrators. The nominations will be reviewed by the ECA Council in the conditions as set out in the ECA statutes. It is worth mentioning that as part of the reform, a Vice President will now be nominated by the stakeholders. Another significant aspect of the progress made in the ECA was the implementation of the decision to significantly reduce the costs to lodge a protest.

2017 Preview:

The upcoming year will mark a change for the ECA. The new reforms will bring the ECA forward as a modern sports arbitration court open to all its stakeholders. Just as before, the ECA will continue to offer a sound alternative to civil courts to which the handball family will now contribute as a whole.

Nations Board (NB)

The Nations Board (NB) is a group of experts elected by Congress to represent the interests of the 50 EHF Member Federations and 2 Associated Federations. Following the analysis and subsequent development of input, proposals to the Executive Committee are submitted by the Nations Board on behalf of the National Federations.

Being part of the Nations Board for men’s handball continues to be a worthwhile experience for all the members of our group; the objective of the Nations Board is to develop European handball on the sport-political level in all federation and national team related areas. It is an essential part of the work that the Nations Board contributes to the work of the Professional handball Board as the part being responsible for men’s national team issues. Year on year, the Nations Board continues to make good progress. However, the Federations must be reminded that the Nations Board is here to serve their interests, and their input is most welcome.

Morten Stig Christensen

Chairman
Morten Stig Christensen (DEN)
Deputy Chairman
Philippe Bana (FRA)
Member
Mark Schober (GER)
Member
Marek Goralczyk (POL)
Member
Ingo Meckes (SUI)
Member
Stephen Neilson (GBR)

2012-2016

Chairman
Morten Stig Christensen
Deputy Chairman
Philippe Bana
Member
Francisco Sanchez
Member
Heiner Brand
Member
Aleksander Blagojevic
Member
Marek Goralczyk
Member
Stephen Neilson

2016 Review:

Over two years ago, the Nations Board was part of a major step towards changing the Younger Age Category competitions and in 2016, the idea for change came to fruition in 2016. This was not just a success for the YAC teams, it was a great success for the development of handball as a whole. The Nations Board also concerned itself with the development of the Men’s EHF EURO to a 24-team event; in 2016, the focus was on the development of the qualification system which, for the first time, saw 48 nations become part of an EHF EURO. Other working areas included the international calendar where the focus was on safeguarding the players by limiting their national team burden during the competition season; the discourse has taken multiple factors into account, the needs of the stakeholders, as well as the contractual and financial obligations. Though in this area, no universal solution was reached, the dialogue will continue.

2016 Preview:

In order to meet the needs of the Federations and to close the gap on the imbalances in the area of development and support, cooperation between the Nations Board and the Federations it serves will be essential. In 2017, the Nations Board will once again focus on the work regarding all fields of men’s handball in order to enrich the areas dealing with technical issues and as well as to take care that the interests of national handball are well represented on all levels and in particular on the platform of the interest group, the Professional Handball Board.

Professional Handball Board (PHB)

The Professional Handball Board (PHB) is a common strategic platform for the key stakeholders within men’s handball. Collectively the Board represents national federations, clubs, professional leagues, and players.

The creation of the Professional Handball Board was the result of a long process that depended on the different stakeholders forging a dialogue in the spirit of open and transparent communication. My predecessor, Joan Marin, played a significant role in this process and I hope that, as Chairman, I can continue in this manner and always manage to keep the dialogue flowing regardless of how difficult or easy the issues faced by the PHB will be.

Xavier O’Callaghan

Chairman
Xavier O'Callaghan (ESP)
Vice Chairman
Frank Bohmann (GER)
Member
Marcus Rominger (GER)
Member
Morten Stig Christensen (DEN)
Member
Philippe Bana (FRA)
Member
Peter Gentzel (SWE)
Member
Gerd Butzeck (GER)
Member
Michael Sahl Hansen (DEN)
EHF Representative
Michael Wiederer (AUT)
Executive Representative
Predrag Boskovic (MNE)
Executive Representative
Stefan Lövgren (SWE)

2012-2016

Chairman / Representative FCH
Joan Marín
Deputy Chairman / Representative EHPU
Marcus Rominger
Representative FCH
Gerd Butzeck
Representative NB
Morten Stig Christensen
Representative NB
Philippe Bana
Representative EPHLA
Frank Bohmann
Representative EPHLA
Peter Gentzel
Representative EHPU
Emeric Paillasson
Representative EXEC
Arne Elovsson
Representative EXEC
Ralf Dejaco
Representative EHF (non-voting participant)
Jean Brihault
Representative EHF (non-voting participant)
Michael Wiederer

2016 Review:

In 2016, the Professional Handball Board engaged with a range of topics that included a representation in the working group that submitted a proposal to the EHF Executive Committee on the matter of Referee and Delegate Compensation. The various challenges within club and national team competitions such as scheduling on a national, European, and global level were discussed in-depth; thus underlining the importance of open dialogues and diligence. Another major topic on the agenda of the Professional Handball Board concerned the marketing situation within the EHF and its subsidiary, EHFM; the PHB discussed elements which included public vs. private TV transmission, and the pros and cons on internal versus external marketing. This topic will return to the agenda in the coming working period.

2017 Preview:

Looking to the future, the newly constituted Women’s Handball Board will review and reflect on the feedback received from the national federations, clubs and players and will continue the work on the following key areas:

– Enhancing the visibility and popularity of women’s handball on TV, online and in social media
– Using the top club and national team events for promotion
– Strengthening the image and brand of women’s handball /top products by involving experts
– Introducing role models in the area of players, coaches, referees, delegates and sport managers
– Looking for the main sponsor of WCL
– Working closer with national federations and clubs to strengthening women’s handball and women in handball
– Working with emerging nations to develop women’s handball, encouraging development of female national teams and participation in EHF competitions and to organise educational courses

Women’s Handball Board (WHB)

The Women’s Handball Board is responsible for the multi-faceted promotion and further development of women’s handball across Europe and the global involvement of both active players and female professionals.

Developing women’s handball and paving the way for the next generation of European champions by providing them the optimal opportunities on the European stage is a great responsibility to bear, and it is not one that we in the Women’s Handball Board take lightly. In our four years of existence, tremendous progress was made, but there still boundaries to push, and barriers to breakthrough, and the WHB is are ready for the challenges ahead.

Narcisa Lecusanu, WHB Chairwoman following Lidija Bojić-Ćaćić after the EHF Congress and for the first two years of the electoral period to be followed by Nodjialem Myaro:

Chair (2016-2018)
Narcisa Lecusanu (ROU)
Chair (2018-2020)
Nodjialem Myaro (FRA)
Vice Chair
Pirje Orasson (EST)
Member
Deja Ivanovic (SLO)
Member (nominated)
Liudmila Bodnieva (RUS)
Member
Leonor Mallozzi (POR)

2012-2016

Chairwoman
Lidija Bojic-Cacic
Deputy Chairwoman/Member
Pirje Orasson
Member
Nodjialem Myaro
Representative WFCH
Ernö Kelecsenyi
Member
Georgeta Narcisa Lecusanu
Member
Marta Bon

2016 Review:

In early 2016, the Women’s Handball Board (WHB) conducted a comprehensive survey of 51 women’s handball clubs, respondents came from the Champions League, EHF Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, and the Challenge Cup. The Survey measured satisfaction levels of the clubs with the competitions available and highlighted the expectations and challenges of the responding clubs. It also recorded the current perspective on areas such as promotion, marketing, financial issues, as well as media coverage. In the area of education, the WHB continued its cooperation with the EHF Methods Commission by financially supporting 41 participants that attends nine various courses, workshops, and seminars. In 2016, the WHB oversaw a total of eighteen projects in the areas of promotion, development, and education. Another achievement attributed to the Women’s Handball Board in 2016 was the first presentation of the Women’s Handball Development Award, awarded on merit to the Handball Federation of Romania, the assessment criteria concerned itself with the efforts of National Federation to engage with, develop, and promote women’s handball. Though they did not win the top prize, the National Federations of Hungary, Norway, Netherlands, and Sweden were also recognised by the WHB for their efforts.

2017 Preview:

Looking to the future, the newly constituted Women’s Handball Board  will review and reflect on the feedback received from the national federations, clubs and players and will continue the work on the following key areas:
– Enhancing the visibility and popularity of women’s handball on TV, online and in social media
– Using the top club and national team events for promotion
– Strengthening the image and brand of women’s handball /top products by involving experts
– Introducing role models in the area of players, coaches, referees, delegates and sport managers
– Looking for the main sponsor of WCL
– Working closer with national federations and clubs to strengthening  women’s handball and women in handball
– Working  with emerging nations to develop women’s handball, encouraging development of female national teams and participation in EHF competitions and to organise educational courses