Elite Performance Academy

The Elite Performance Academy provides an exciting opportunity for players to access a full-time training programme, with provision from expert coaches and support staff.

Based at Loughborough College, known for its sporting prestige, the EPA allows players to continue their academic pursuits by studying a range of A-Level and BTEC courses in parallel to their bespoke training programme.

In addition to their traditional qualifications, players also have the opportunity to enrol on the EHA Diploma in Sporting Excellence where they will learn a variety of skills and behaviours that are associated with high performance sport – click here for more information.

The players enjoy an individually tailored development programme which includes competitive outlets with club teams competing in the EHA league structures.

The EPA is led by a dedicated coach - João Castro. João has a wealth of experience in both professional coaching environments, and as an educator with the Portuguese Handball Federation and Higher Education institutions. He holds the EHF Master Coach PRO license and his coaching experience spans both the men’s and women’s game and through youth academies, senior clubs and national teams. His most recent assignment was as assistant coach in the Spanish Asobal with BM Guadalajara.  

The players are housed ‘on-site’ in the colleges halls of residence that is supported fully by the college’s excellent student welfare and pastoral team.  

Application Process.

The EPA is open to players that have represented the England Handball Regional Academy programme but applicants must also meet the academic standards required for their chosen course of study at Loughborough College. 

Please complete this form to express your interest in applying for the Elite Performance Academy - click here

2020/21 Match Programme

England Handball is extending an invitation for u17/18* teams to attend the Elite Performance Academy in Loughborough on selected weekends throughout the season.

The objective is for club teams to have the opportunity to compete against the EPA and DiSE players.

A possible day at the EPA could look like this;

10:00 – 10:50: Training

11:00 – 12:00 Rest & Refuel

12:30 – 13:45: Match vs EPA

England Handball would also look to provide video footage and analysis of the match to support the learning and development of the players that attend as well as explore other areas that clubs & coaches feel this opportunity could provide.

Please complete this form to express an interest in this opportunity. 

*Age groups confirmed pending confirmation from DCMS