7th April 2021

How can we encourage more female coaches in handball? Join our online forum

We are proud of the gender split we have in handball, with 40% of players; our board and our management team being female, but the percentage of female handball coaches is noticeably lower.

This is a trend that is reflected in other sports and date from UK Sport recently revealed that approximately only 10% of coaching positions within the high-performance community in the UK are held by women. UK Sport have started a long term plan to increase that before the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, and we hope to make similar progress.

We also know from our own research that the number of females applying for coaching roles on the EHA Talent Pathway is low. Only 22 per cent of the female handball coaches we surveyed said they had pursued an application.  

To help us understand what more we can do to encourage more female coaches, we're hosting an online workshop where we want to hear from you. We want to know how you feel about coaching, any opportunities or barriers you see the becoming a coach, and what things would encourage you or others to think about coming a coach.  

Led by Stacey Andrews, National Partnerships Manager - Development & Workforce Development, and Ricardo Vasconcelos - National Coaching & Workforce Development Manager, this session will be an open forum where we want you to share your ideas, thoughts and feelings on the topic with us, and with other women in handball.  

Stacey said: "This event will be an important first step in helping us shape new ideas that create a better pathway for female coaches in handball.  

"We know that plenty of women enjoy the sport but the number of female coaches does not reflect that and we want to explore the issue of under-representation further with the help of women in the handball community.  

"I would urge any female coaches involved in handball right now to consider joining this session with us. Even if you're not currently coaching but are considering engaging in coaching in the future, your ideas and input will be really valuable in helping us to understand what we can do to ensure a better representation of female coaches."  

To register your details, please access the link here: https://forms.gle/trjgbJjSxqe2UXGNA  

If you have any questions, please email stacey.andrews@englandhandball.com


Posted in Women and Girls