350 coaches all over Europe have already passed the EHF Master Coach course, and more than 300 of them are holders of the Pro Licence, which will be needed in the future to coach teams at EHF competitions on a club and national team level.
45 more Master Coaches will – if they pass the final module – receive the certificate in Gothenburg, Sweden on Sunday, as the final module of the third course is taking place on the fringes of the Women’s EHF EURO.
The first course began on the fringes of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, followed by the second course, which started at the Women’s EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia. Now the third course, which had started at the Men’s EURO 2016 in Krakow, Poland, will draw to an end.
The current course includes some national team coaches such as newly-appointed Icelandic men’s coach Geir Sveinsson, and Kai Kekki, who steered the Finnish men’s team to their second participation in the EHF EURO qualification.
The final module is always the defending of the thesis. “We did not give the participants a certain subject, but let them decide which thesis they work on. Thus, we have some highly interesting aspects such as the impact of basketball training on defence in handball,” says EHF course organiser Peter Fröschl.
After the three-day course, the work of the lecturers like Marta Bon (Slovenia), Peter Kovacs, Zoltan Marczinka (both Hungary) and Wolfgang Pollany (Austria) is not over. Then those coaches that need to extend their licences will arrive. “The Master Coach diploma itself is not expiring, but the Pro Licence needs to be renewed at least after four years,” says Fröschl.
The whole Master Coach system includes national courses in places like Hungary, Serbia, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia – but all those applicants need to translate their thesis into English to have a comparable database at the EHF.
Newly elected EHF Executive Committee member Gabriella Horvath (Hungary) officially opened the course on Friday. “It is the approach of the EHF to increase the general level of education in all departments, not only for coaches but for referees, officials and management too,” Horvath explains.
The Master Coach project is connected with the University of Gran Canaria in Las Palmas, as all participants can add a post-graduate master studies there. “All those efforts clearly raise the quality of coaching and coach education,” says Helmut Höritsch, coordinator of the EHF Competence Academy and Network (CAN).
From Friday to Sunday also the 2016 EHF Delegate Course takes place in Gothenburg.