As the excitement builds ahead of the first Women’s EHF EURO 2014 matches throwing off tomorrow in Hungary and Croatia, handball is overrunning the city of Györ in Hungary.
Györ is the home of Group A for the EHF EURO, where hosts Hungary are expected to be cheered on by thousands of fans in the brand new Audi Arena over the next week.
Györ is also the site of the third module of the EHF RINCK Convention Open Master Coach and Licensing Course. Participants from 15 countries across Europe gathered for the opening of the final module on Saturday.
EHF President Jean Brihault opened Saturday’s proceedings, commending the coaches on their participation and speaking of the importance of education in developing handball in Europe and across the world.
"The young people who want to go into coaching are asking us for education, the top coaches like you are asking us for education, because they know that regardless of their level, there is always something extra to gain.
"It is important that we have visitors from the other continents, and they are very very welcome. What our lecturers produce, what our colleagues produce, will help them develop their own skills and handball in their country," said Brihault.
The course has welcomed high-profile participants such as three-time EHF Champions League winning coach Alfred Gislason (SC Magdeburg 2002; THW Kiel 2010 & 2012) and Great Britain coach for the London Olympics, Dragan Djukic, who is currently coaching Israel's men's team.
The third module will focus mainly on the participants’ theses, which they have worked on since the second module took place in June.
Lectures from Hungarian handball legend Peter Kovacs, Swiss national men’s coach Rolf Brack and Dutch expert Monique Tijsterman will also form part of the programme.
The module will conclude this coming Friday, with Level Three coaches receiving an EHF Master Coach diploma and the highest EHF licence, the Pro Licence. Level Two coaches will receive the EHF Coaching Licence.
The next instalment of the programme is planned to take place in January 2016, beginning at the next Men’s EHF EURO in Poland.