Thursday, October 28, 2021

Handball Coaches unite to grow sport

Thirty handball coaches from across the country will undergo an intensive 10 days training this coming month.

The training, which will be conducted by International Handball Federation (IHF) accredited instructor Dr Khaled Hammouda alongside Botswana’s national team coaches Buyani Mphetolang and Avinda Dhaliwal will be held from December 4th to the 13th. With handball being a relatively unknown sport, the coaching course is seen as a boost towards concerted efforts to grow the sport in Botswana.

The course is made possible by collaboration between Olympic Solidarity, IHF and the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC). Speaking in an interview, Handball Association of Botswana (HAB) Secretary General Andrew Kamanga said the training is targeted at active coaches, not beginners.

With the graduate coaches expected to work in the development of handball from grassroots level, the HAB Secretary General said their hope is that its graduates will unearth raw young talent and mould it.

Kamanga said as part of their grassroots development plan, their intention is to introduce the sport of handball in schools.

He said after completing the course, the newly qualified coaches will be expected to work with various schools where they will introduce the sport and recruit new players.

He further highlighted in their attempts to grow the sport, they are busy building relationships with schools sports associations to partner with them.

“We have applied for membership to Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana Tertiary Student Sport Association (BOTESSA) .BISA and BOTESSA have to look at our progress, our clubs and credibility to approve our membership, we are waiting for them to give us the limelight,” Kamanga said.

Apart from working with schools sports, the HAB Secretary General further noted that handball they are hoping to finalize their agreement with Botswana Police Service in Otse and Botswana Prisons Service so that handball becomes a training sport to the recruits at their training centers.

Kamanga said this is an attempt to also reach out to the older population ‘as they also need to develop the sport among adults as they cannot depend on junior teams only for sport development.’

Reached for comment, BISA Secretary General Gomolemo Rankosha confirmed they had received the HAB membership application. He however said the HAB still needs to present themselves to their structures to be eligible as members. Rankosha said HAB have to provide coordinators for different Zones and they have to have a national coordinator. He said BISA Committee is waiting for the HAB to avail themselves so that they finalise the factor.

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