The Women’s Handball Conference took place in Ljubljana on the fringe of the final weekend of EHF EURO 2022, with over 130 participants from 32 countries and all different areas of handball participating — former players and representatives from federations, clubs, competition boards, marketing experts and more.
EHF President Michael Wiederer said conferences such as this were highly valuable for the development of the sport.
“The European Handball Federation really works hard and even harder within the last years to make sure that women’s handball is not losing its position in the international context,” said Wiederer in his opening words.
“These conferences are producing valuable input for our activities.”
The programme for the conference included a variety of presentations from experts in various fields related to the development and promotion of handball, as well as activities such as a tour of Arena Stozice on Saturday afternoon and attendance at the closing press conference for the EHF EURO 2022. The participants also attended the draw for the play-offs for the 2023 Women’s World Championship.
Following the opening, there was a special look at the next edition of the Women’s EHF EURO, which will be held in Hungary, Switzerland and Austria in December 2024.
The programme then turned to the more intricate details, with presentations on the preparation of national teams for qualification and final EHF EURO tournaments, the use of handball role models for the future, the EHF Respect Your Talent programme, the player development pathway and the ‘circle of a handball life’ to conclude the agenda for Saturday.
Sunday’s sessions began with a series of presentations on best practice, including the organisation of national teams, the development of handball academies and the presentation of women’s sport. Following that, the participants heard about the role of clubs in strengthening women’s handball and of the leagues in strengthening women’s handball.
The presenters included representatives of EHF Champions League clubs Team Esbjerg and Krim Mercator, UEFA, a number of national federations and the EHF.
“We all feel that this is the right moment to do more. It’s the right moment because during the last two or three years, a lot of things happened in this field,” said EHF Secretary General Martin Hausleitner in his opening statement. “Women’s sport is the basis of growth in the sports business.
“It was the women’s EURO two years ago, at the same time, in December 2020, when it really became dark around sport because Covid impacted us all. But it was the women’s teams who held up handball and played the full EURO under circumstances nobody could imagine. So there are a lot of things women’s handball can be proud of and should be proud of.
“Why you are here? To make women’s handball great in the future,” concluded Hausleitner.