November 22, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
The International Handball Federation (IHF) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Handball Association (SLHA) will from December 1-9 2017 host the second edition of the ‘handball@school’ coaching course in Sierra Leone.
Schools within Kenema, Makeni and Masiaka will all benefit from the second phase with a target number of 50 participants from each of the three regions.
According to the SLHA secretary general, Alie Gibril Koroma, like the first phase, the second edition of the training will target school teachers from all the listed regions adding that the focus of the training is to popularise and help the growth of the sport from the schools.
“The ‘handball@school’ course is supported by the international federation, IHF and it is part of our development programme that is designed to target talents from schools,” AG Koroma said adding that they are targeting 50% of teachers from the lower or junior secondary schools.
The first edition of the course was hosted in Freetown, Lungi and Masiaka in 2011with the IHF development expert Ton van Linder who visited the country between September and December 2012 to set up basic conditions for school and youth team handball.
One major task of the programme was to spread handball in the country and the long-term programme is split into four stages which includes; Promote handball for school children with help of media, teachers, install playing courts and set up competitions for different age groups at interschool or regional matches, find talents in all age groups and set up a national championship to include handball on the school curriculum and develop national youth teams to get them ready to participate in international competitions.
Aside, coaches, teachers and referees have to get involved in all lecturer programmes to build up a handball network and to keep all those groups updated about the latest trends in handball.