During the past weeks the Malta Handball Association held two presentations with clubs that have joined its Reach-Out Development Programme.
In the first presentation MHA officials visited Zabbar Primary B where 8-11 year old children practise handball under the guidance of Hungarian coach Krisztina Kalla. Ms Kalla is engaged by La Salle HC. The club is seeking to widen its base of players by introducing a handball to children from a very young age. Whilst thanking the schools’ staff for their collaboration and assistance, Mr. Louis Borg MHA’s President also presented a number of handballs to the Head of School, Mr. Charlot Cassar.
In the second Reach-Out presentation MHA President met Fr. Silvio Bezzina, Rector of St. Paul’s Missionary College. Phoenix SC are conducting handball sessions in the school with 11-13 year old students with the intention of building a college team and compete in the U-15 boys national league next season. Also present at the meeting were MHA’s CEO, Clyde Borg Conti and Phoenix’s President Orlando Bonnici.
The MHA Reach-Out Programme aims at increasing participation of young handball players. It is a developmental tool for clubs to build their own nurseries. The programme assists clubs in different ways. Material support is being delivered through the European Handball Federation’s (EHF) SMART programme while coaching sessions are totally financed by the federation’s other programme -Infrastructure Support Programme (ISP). More presentations are expected in the coming weeks as more clubs have joined this support programme.