Mentoring Coaches in
Women's Youth Handball

In April, the EHF launched the Mentoring of Coaches in Women’s Youth Handball project as part of its continued efforts to develop women’s handball in Europe in general.

Up to six EHF member federations with a Women’s Younger Age Category (YAC) ranking from 13-24th place, valid for the Women's EHF EURO 2019, and focussing on coaches working with female players 12-18 years old were targeted for an initial first two years.

The long-term objectives of the Mentoring of Coaches in Women’s Youth Handball project are to propel the EHF EURO and Women’s EHF Champions League competitions to the next level, develop more female elite players in more countries, and close the gap to the top nations while improving the level and motivation of coaches actively involved in women’s YAC handball.

EHF Lecturers are provided by the EHF during the project lifespan for continuous mentoring of coaches through coaches’ clinics, organised by the member federation during their respective national/regional tournaments for the targeted age range, three times a year over two years, up to a total of six sessions.

Only a well-educated coach, mixing personality with knowledge, personal and ethical standards, can develop and support young players in an appropriate way to success in both handball and life in general.

The Mentoring of Coaches in Women’s Youth Handball project, through coaches, indirectly helps to support young handball players to recognise their talent and ability at an early stage, enabling them to reach a higher level of handball while motivating them to keep playing in what is a drop-out period for many young players.

The EHF not only supports the development of coaches who work with young female players, but also encourages the cooperation between federations, clubs and schools.

Member federations apply to the EHF for a lecturer and/or mentoring support by presenting their current women’s handball situation – especially at YAC level – including objectives and plans, their desired coaches’ development programme and project concept.

With each federation having their own specific needs in the area of coach development, the EHF works closely with the federations involved to formulate the agreed programme in planning phase after the EHF Executive Committee has approved the project.

Following each course/workshop, the hosting federation and the EHF Lecturer involved provide the EHF office with a written report to evaluate the development and outcomes of each project.