The key initiative in 2017, however, was staging the second Women’s Handball Workshop in Vienna in October.
Women’s handball experts from over 30 member federations gathered for two days to exchange ideas, inputs and strategies to further develop the women’s game.
According to Narcisa Lecusanu, the WHB Chairwoman, the EHF received positive feedback especially on the best-practice presentations by the Dutch and the Norwegian federations on the development of youth handball to the top level.
“Youth coaches are so important. Look at the Netherlands over the last 10 years. They have developed from a moderate level into world class,” said Lecusanu, referring to the Dutch Handball Academy.
Hosting 25 young talented women each year, the Dutch full-time training programme started in 2006 and eventually resulted in silver medals for the women’s national team at the World Championship 2015 and the EHF EURO 2016.
And the federation of Norway, where two-thirds out of 128,000 registered players are female, is running special programmes also for players who do not make the national team.
To strengthen women’s youth handball the EHF is planning to introduce a special development project for the mentoring of coaches in women’s youth handball, as they are the vital link as teacher and a role model for the players.