18th July 2016

British Handball launches Elite Coach programme

British Handball and Edinburgh Napier University have developed a Handball Elite Coach Programme.

The one-year distance-learning course will allow coaches to focus on one of four key areas, based on their development needs:

  • Skills instruction
  • Tactics instruction
  • Coaching techniques and sports science
  • Long-term programme development

Coaches will also benefit from on-site workshops including technical sessions and national coaching clinics. On top of this they will input into areas related to working with and managing elite athletes.

It is hoped the programme will include a club placement in Europe, but this is still under discussion.

Support will be provided by tutors and British Handball-appointed mentors. Coaches will also have access to research papers, academic support and other resources through the university’s virtual learning environment.

The programme is the next step for coaches after the UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 awards run by England Handball and the Scottish Handball Association.

The subsidised award – which was developed by Derek O’Riordan, with support from Bill Baillie – will cost £700 per coach. It is partly funded under the British Handball Association’s agreement with the International Handball Federation and International Olympic Committee.

Up to six coaches will go through the programme each year. The Scottish Handball Association will nominate two coaches, while England Handball will nominate four coaches. The application process will be managed via the home nation associations. If you would like to apply for a place on the 2026-17 course please see links to more detailed information and an application form below.

Applications must be received by 29 July 2016

British Handball Chair Paul Bray said: “This is programme is key to the development of our next generation of coaches in the UK and we are delighted to be working with Napier University, one of the leading sports institutions in the country”.

The first intake of coaches will start in September 2016.

Application form

Further information

Elite Coach Programme further information

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