A 10-day Level One Handball coaching course closed at Don Bosco Technical College in Lilongwe last week with participants urged to spread the sport in their districts.
Attracting 16 coaches drawn from across the country, the course was conducted by Czech Republic expert Frantisek Taborsky, who is an Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport as well as member of the International Handball Federation (IHF) executive committee.
Taborsky said in an interview the course covered 50 percent of theory and 50 percent practical lessons: “We did the theory of training, organisation of competitions, basic rules of handball and game tactics. I also gave the coaches some skills of developing an individual athlete, amongst many other topics.
The Czech expert lavished praise on the group of local coaches for being punctual, disciplined and dedicated.
Malawi Handball Association (Maha) general secretary Denis Kumwenda, representing the body’s president hailed Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) for considering his association for the course, which was held with funding from Olympic Solidarity.
“We are so thankful to Moc for considering our application to have this important course. It is not that easy for an association to be considered for such a course and we do not take this for granted,” said Kumwenda.
A representative of the participants Joshua Munthali from Zomba urged Maha to make provision of proper handball facilities in the districts to enable the coaches perform their duties smoothly.
Guest of honour at the closing ceremony Henry Sakala thanked Tarborsky for accepting to come to Malawi despite his busy schedule. He also hailed management of Don Bosco Technical College led by Brother Robert Malusa for offering excellent facilities for the workshop.
Sakala, who is also Moc treasurer urged the participants to practice what they had learnt and spread the game of handball to the grassroots.
“As Moc, we have done our part and now it remains with you coaches to do your part by demonstrating the skills that you have been equipped with. The certificates you have received are not for decoration,” said Sakala.