9th June 2021
In the latest edition of our Staff Spotlight series, we get to know our Office and Finance Manager Cindy Ashworth, who keeps things ticking behind the scenes at England Handball!
How did you get involved in handball?
After I was made redundant in 2013, I applied for a role through an agency for England Handball. I had never heard of the sport until then. I decided to do a handball course a few months into the role to gain more of an understanding of the sport. Securing this role gave me a great opportunity for me to develop and to help develop and support others.
Tell us a bit about your role at England Handball?
I manage our head office in Warrington. My role is to ensure the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis and manage a team of Administrators. I am very fortunate to have a loyal and dedicated team for whom I have worked with for many years. I also provide administrative and secretarial support to the CEO and the EHA Board.
What’s something you enjoy doing outside of work?
My daughter and I share a passion for food and spend many Saturdays in the kitchen baking. We love to go on family adventures with our French Bulldog, Roxy. I also have a keen interest in cars, and I am a member of a car club.
What’s your favourite handball memory from your career so far?
Going to see my first competitive handball game with a friend and our families. The atmosphere was electric, we were hooked!
What job did you want to do when you were younger?
Growing up I wanted to be artist. As I got older, I realised that there were not many opportunities available, so I went into administration.
In your opinion what is the best thing about handball?
Handball is inclusive, anyone can play no matter what their ability. Handball is different, exciting and a great way to meet new people and feel part of a family.
Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Anywhere with my family, exploring the rock pools at Staithes in north Yorkshire or relaxing by the pool on holiday.
Where would you like to see Handball in England in the next 5 years?
I would love handball to be more of a prominent sport in England.
And finally, if you had one piece of advice for someone starting out in handball, what would it be?
Go for it, have fun, and enjoy the experience.