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Date: 3/11/2019

Recent Handball at School courses in Assomada, Boa Vista and Fogo in Cape Verde have seen 70 participants learning about theory and practice. Of the 70, 52 met all criterion and therefore passed the first step in the certification process to become a qualified handball coach, achieving the “D” Licence at the end of their respective three-day course held in early March.


“The essential challenge of this mission has been to provide the participants with knowledge about the most effective handball teaching methods and instructional strategies, and to help them to deal with their teaching or coaching context. A great focus was to be knowledgeable about making learning fun, stimulating and challenging as essential pedagogical tools to engage and fascinate youngsters about handball,” wrote IHF lecturer Maria Luisa Dias Estriga in her report of the [email protected] course, also outlining how participants were able to test their new skills with real beginners.

“By providing them with meaningful field experiences with handball teaching, we are hoping to trigger the essential spurt to succeed in developing skilful and highly passionate youth handball players. It is not exaggerated to say that a highly knowledgeable and committed PE teacher or coach can change a student or player’s life, and Cape Verde is not an exception.”


A total of 35 attended the course in Assomada, where Estriga started her Cape Verde mission. 33 of those participants were successful in obtaining the licence. Estriga travelled to the island of Boa Vista next, where 15 school teachers and coaches took part in the course. The last stop was the island of Fogo, where 20 participants attended. In Boa Vista, seven obtained the licence and in Fogo, 12 celebrated the achievement of this objective.


“The programme was designed to provide the core knowledge, skills and professional value to enhance their handball practices as a great educator, no matter the teaching or coaching context. All sessions were meant to be discussion-based, about teachers’ beliefs of teaching handball and how to make the handball learning more effective, based on the new [email protected] concept,” said Estriga.


“They were taught to identify the youngsters’ needs and entrance level of skills, how to design the teaching contents and to break down game problems into meaningful tasks to improve the learners’ skills, on a step-by-step basis. The participants were also encouraged to actively experience the practical proposals, and to contribute based on their own experience.”


At the end of each course, Estriga led group brainstorming and discussion sessions to identify the best way to apply the new knowledge within the confines of participants’ coaching or educational contexts and their own competence.