18th June 2018
England Handball looks forward to its end of season awards, which recognise the best players as well as coaches, volunteers and the most innovative clubs from across the country. These will be presented at the Club Conference held at Nottingham Trent University on 24 June.
The awards have been expanded from previous years and include the best male and female players from the Premier Handball Leagues and the Under 19 Leagues, which will be decided by the coaches from those leagues. All other categories will be decided by a panel following the receipt of nominations from across the handball community.
England Handball’s commitment to coach development sees awards for the best senior coaches, as well as the best up and coming coaches who are under 25.
This year sees a new award for Coaching Culture of the Year. This will celebrate clubs that have committed to creating and developing an environment that enables players at all levels to develop to their full potential. Organisations will be able to evidence how they are developing people and coaches through innovative practice and interventions.
The Club of the Year will be able to show how it has created a positive, welcoming environment for players and volunteers, and has formed partnerships with other local organisations.
The Volunteer of the Year will be awarded to a volunteer who isn’t a coach but makes a significant commitment and is a positive role model to their club and local community. The Club and Volunteer awards will be decided by the nominations panel.
Finally, there is an award to a person who has made a significant contribution to developing handball in schools. This is named after Mike Briers, former England Handball chair and Great Britain coach.
England Handball CEO, David Meli: “We were delighted to receive a number of nominations across all our award categories and there have been some difficult decisions to make. Players, coaches and volunteers are key to the success of growing the sport and providing opportunities for people to develop to their full potential. It is important that the whole handball community is able to recognise their efforts.”