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TWO top Swedish handball coaches — Henrik Signell and Elvir Rakovic — are expected to arrive in Harare next Tuesday to conduct coaching courses for Zimbabwean coaches.

Amon Madzvamuse, the president of the Zimbabwe Handball Federation, said yesterday that the two Swedish coaches will conduct two coaching courses in Harare and in Mashonaland West Province during their one-week stay in Zimbabwe.

“Henrik Signell and Elvir Rakovic are expected to arrive in Harare on Tuesday next week. They will rest for a day before they travel to Mashonaland West Province for their first assignment which will see them conducting an International Level 1 coaching course either at Conway College in Zvimba District or at Jameson High School in Kadoma from May 29 to 31.

“We are expecting all handball coaches from Mashonaland West Province and other provinces to attend this high level three-day coaching course. They should all check-in in the afternoon of May 28. The Mashonaland West Handball Association are offering a ball and a T-shirt for every participant at this course,” Madzvamuse said.

After their three-day stay in Mashonaland West Province, Signell and Rakovic will then proceed to Harare where they will conduct a National Level 3 coaching course from June 2 to 4, most probably at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex.

“All holders of National Level 2 coaching certificates are expected to attend this National Level 3 coaching course. All in all, we are expecting more than 100 coaches to attend these two coaching courses in Mashonaland West Province and at Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex and the participation fee is US$100 per person,” said Madzvamuse, who added that all the participants will receive certificates at the end of both courses.

The ZHF boss also added that they were bringing Signell and Rakovic to Zimbabwe as part of their efforts to upgrade the coaching skills of all handball coaches in this country.

“As you know handball is growing in Zimbabwe and is now being played at all levels in this country hence our decision to invite these two top coaches from Sweden, which is one of the handball powerhouses in Europe if not in the world, to conduct these two high level coaching courses for our coaches.

“We think that this will go a long way in empowering our coaches and exposing them to the highest level of training and heighten awareness of the game throughout the country,” Madzvamuse said.

Madzvamuse said Signell and Rakovic both played handball at the highest level in Europe before they became coaches.

In fact, 38-year-old Signell played handball for 11 years in the highest division or league in Sweden for that country’s top club IK Saumlvehof.

He also attained 81 international caps with the Swedish national team at junior, Under-21 and senior level.

Signell has been a trainer for eight years now and has won five gold medals in the national Championship with the Swedish junior team (18-19 years old), two gold medals with the men’s team and one with the women’s team where he is at the moment.

Between 2008-2010 he helped the Finnish handball federation to build handball in their country.

As a player Signell played eight seasons for top Swedish handball side IK Saumlvehof and two seasons for Alingsarings HK. He has played also in several age selections of Swedish national teams for a men’s selection side, then 48 games for the Under-21s and 32 games for the Under-18s.

He also visited Cameroon in 2009 for a project that was held by that country’s Olympic Federation to promote handball, especially the youngsters.

Apart from playing handball, Signell’s partner Rakovic (34) is a former tripple jumper and was ranked second best in Sweden. He worked with the Swedish handball Olympic team during the London Games in 2012.

“Rakovic is very well educated and is well known in Sweden. Many big sports federations always seek for his help and knowledge,” Madzvamuse said.

Source : The Herald

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