As far back as 2014, the EHF has been involved with GOALCHA – the organisation aiming to bring handball back to schools and into the daily lives of children and young people.
GOALCHA Street Handball is focused on fun and fewer rules – and in the numerous GOALCHA activities, aimed at exercise and good experiences with the purpose-made GOALCHABall produced by EHF ball supplier, SELECT.
Founded in December 2011 by Lasse Boesen, Ole Bruun Andersen and Torben Sørensen along with Stefan Kretzschmar and Ciz Schönberger, GOALCHA implements the concept of street handball across Europe and worldwide.
With GOALCHA everything centres on a positive experience – it is not about competition, or who scored more goals when playing street handball. It is a match without referee and coach – the players formulate the basic rules themselves and assume responsibility that these are observed during the match.
All participants find out the possibilities and freedoms of their actions and make their own experiences. It’s about communication, respect, equality and fair play. In these easy and uncomplicated surroundings, the participants can playfully achieve confidence and a feeling of skilfulness in the handling of balls.
The necessary equipment for handball was also reduced to a minimum – all which is needed is the special GOALCHA-Ball, ‘grippable’ and ‘graspable’ for everyone irrespective of their age, sex or capability.
For the Men’s EHF Cup finals in 2014 and 2015, GOALCHA had a street handball activity stand at both events but the partnership really took off in June 2015 when GOALCHA became an official cooperation partner with the EHF.
Along with the Polish Handball Federation, the EHF organised GOALCHA workshops in December 2015 for handball coaches, PE teachers and sport students in all four cities which were set to host Men’s EHF EURO 2016 games in Poland – Katowice, Gdansk, Krakow and Wroclaw.
Attracting over 140 participants, the four workshops were a huge success with the Katowice-based one, in Ruda Slanska, forming part of the ‘Olympic Picnic’ in cooperation with the Polish Olympic Committee.
Four people who participated in those workshops were then selected to become a ‘head instructor’ for each Men’s EHF EURO 2016 venue to organise street handball activities in the fan zones and along with volunteers, were sponsored by the EHF for necessary equipment and coordination.
This close cooperation between the Polish Handball Federation, GOALCHA and the EHF at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 fan zones in all four venues – Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow and Wroclaw throughout January – was another success and those sport universities involved were given the equipment after the event in order to promote street handball further.
GOALCHA then returned to Katowice six months later as a concept in the ‘RINCK Convention Open Master Coach and Licensing Course’.
The success continued right through to the end of the 2016 calendar year as the Polish Handball Federation involved GOALCHA in many events for a variety of young people from a variety of backgrounds and skills.
GOALCHA was present at a VELUX EHF Champions League match between Bjerringbro-Silkeborg and Paris Saint-Germain in October.
At the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden, GOALCHA also had a stand in the Friends Zone – the dedicated fan zone – next to the Scandinavium Arena, venue for the main round and final weekend.
The EHF has now produced its own EHF GOALCHA ball and those instructors who delivered workshops and seminars before the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 have now received their GOALCHA Licence.