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.
- More complete individuals who also excel educational and vocational qualifications.
- 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
Cell Cup: Hungary 7-13 August 2016
- Head Coach: Chris McDermott
- Assistant Coach: Andy Clarke
The Boy's National Academy squad has been announced
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Boy's National Academy team finish second in Cell Cup group