EHF Master Coach Course

The EHF Master Coach Course was one of the educational highlights of 2018. Participants from 16 countries attended the course, after completing the first module in Croatia on the fringes of the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in January, the second in Hungary in June and the last one in Paris during Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in December.

From 2020 on, all teams that take part in EHF competitions – on both a national squad and club level – must be coached by Pro Licence holders. The whole Master Coach system includes national courses. In 2018 there were 12 were held across the Europe. National courses help the EHF RINCK Convention signatories to achieve the commonly set goal of 1000 Master Coaches (850 PRO Licences) in 2020.

“Back in 2000 in Croatia we had 300 coaches present on the course but with over 600 we definitely have a new record,” said Fröschl.

“It has been a successful tradition since 2014, when we implemented the module system for the European Pro Licence, to link the theoretical and practical part to an EHF EURO event,” said former Hungary player Peter Kovacs, now one of the EHF Master Coach Course lecturers.

“We can analyse certain aspects of the matches immediately as part of our course, but the numbers in attendance show the great interest for handball in Croatia and the great interest from the coaches to improve their knowledge.”

The first EHF Masters Coach/Pro Licence course was organised at the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, followed by the second course, which began at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia, and the third, launched at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

As module one for 2018, Poreč was the first destination of three for the future Master Coach/Pro Licence holders, with module two completed last summer in Hungary.

Module three was undertaken at the recently-completed Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France, where the new coaches concluded the course with exams and defence of their theses. At the French Handball Federation (FFHB) headquarters, the Maison du Handball in Paris, participants were treated to a special appearance from the founder of the convention, Claude Rinck himself.

“I am happy to be here and to see that when you create something, it goes further,” Rinck said to the course participants, urging them to maintain the spirit with which the first meetings regarding the ‘Rinck’ Convention took place in 1999. “Everyone brought their experience, everyone came with ideas, and everyone came with good will – that was important.”

Rinck spoke of the significance of cooperation and collective will towards the maintenance of broadly applied standards in coaching education, highlighting the spirit of the ‘Rinck’ Convention as the key aspect for success.

From 2020 on, all teams that take part in EHF competitions – on both a national squad and club level – must be coached by Pro Licence holders.

The whole Master Coach system includes national courses. In 2018 there were 12 were held across the Europe. National courses help the EHF RINCK Convention signatories to achieve the commonly set goal of 1000 Master Coaches (850 PRO Licences) in 2020.