National Academy

What is the National Academy?

The National Academy is a developmental squad for under-16 age players who excel at Regional Academy level.

Recommended by Regional Academy coaches and elected by National Academy coaches these players will show:

  • Commitment to club and Regional Academy training.
  • The personal qualities of becoming an elite level athlete.
  • The desire to excel and progress through the talent pathway
  • The potential to develop as a handball player technically, tactically and physically.

Why have a National Academy?

The aim of the academy is to accelerate the progress of the country’s most talented 15-16 year-olds. A National academy training squad is selected by the National Academy coaches after the Regional Academy tournament.

The programme has six individual training days between February and July with a competition period in early August for a selected group of no more than 16 of the National Academy training squad.

National Academy competition squads are regulated by EHF age groupings and are currently for players born on 1 January 2000 or later for the 2015-16 season.

All regional academy athletes are eligible to be selected for the National Academy training squad.

The Academy develops:

  • Technical, physical, mental and social learning outcomes.
  • Individual and team performance.
  • Mental toughness.
  • Fitness.
  • More complete individuals who also excel educational and vocational qualifications.

Girl's Academy


  • Head Coach: Illona Loewnau
  • Assistant Coach: Nicola Quick

Ilona Loewnau has been named the Head Coach of the Girl's National Academy

The Girl’s National Academy squad has been announced

Competitions 2016

Cell Cup: Hungary  7-13 August 2016

Boy's Academy

  • Head Coach: Chris McDermott
  • Assistant Coach: Andy Clarke

The Boy's National Academy squad has been announced

national academy news

Boy's National Academy team finish second in Cell Cup group