15th April 2021
In the latest edition of our Staff Spotlight series, we get to know our very talented National Coaching & Workforce Development Manager and Head Coach of Great Britain Men’s team, Ricardo Vasconcelos!
How did you get involved in handball?
My dad is a PE Teacher and a Handball Coach back in Portugal where I grew up, and so handball has always been part of my life.
Tell us a bit about your role at England Handball?
I joined England Handball in 2013 as Handball Development Officer (HDO) for Nottinghamshire. Since then, I have undertaken a few different roles within the organisation – from Lead Coach Educator, to regional Academy Coach, Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) Tutor/Assessor and Partnerships Manager for Midlands and North, I have experienced a bit of everything. Currently, as Coaching and Workforce Manager, I am responsible for supporting the recruitment, training, deployment and retention of a suitably qualified workforce to deliver handball activities that will meet the demands for growth in the sport at all levels.
What’s something you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love to spend time with my partner and my two kids, play and watch sports, read, listen to good music (Pearl Jam rocks!!) and, as good Portuguese, I love to eat a good meal.
What’s your favourite handball memory from your career so far?
I have a few. As a player, my first ever official match for my hometown club (NA Penedono) was definitely a highlight. As a coach, it would be playing the Final 4 of Portugal’s U18 1st League with my hometown club. Also, the amazing 2019 EN Tournament with GB in Georgia.
What job did you want to do when you were younger?
I have always wanted to be a professional Handball Coach.
In your opinion what is the best thing about handball?
It is fun, fast, inclusive, easy and cheap to play and provides amazing opportunities to travel and meet new people and different cultures.
Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Anywhere where I can make memories and enjoy time with my friends and family. Preferably, next to a sunny beach in Portugal!
Where would you like to see Handball in England in the next 5 years?
I believe we will see sustained growth in the number of clubs and teams (competitions) all around, with a bigger emphasis on primary aged players/teams/competitions. And finally, if you had one piece of advice for someone starting out in handball, what would it be? Prepare to be amazed! Handball will change your life for the better!
And finally, if you had one piece of advice for someone starting out in handball, what would it be?
Prepare to be amazed! Handball will change your life for the better!