St. Kitts and Nevis delivery
Across 10 days and overseen in person by Frantisek Taborsky, Member of the IHF Executive Committee, from 18-19 April, St. Kitts and Nevis received a coaching course, followed by a referee and match delegate course from 20-21 April.
The following day (22 April), the first-ever official handball tournament took place on the islands, featuring three male and two female teams – not only firmly planting St. Kitts and Nevis on the handball map, but allowing the previous four days-worth of experience gained by participants to be utilised in a practical way.
To round off the activities, from 24-26 April, a beach handball course was run.
In total, 22 participants took part (8 female and 14 male) in the courses run in the small Caribbean country which was accepted as a new national federation at the 2009 IHF Congress in Cairo, Egypt.
Around 50,000 people live on the two islands and handball continues to grow, especially amongst the younger population, thanks to the hard work of the St. Kitts and Nevis Handball Association.
“Our national sports policy has three very simple pillars; sports for all, sports for development and excellence in sports,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Stanley Knight at the opening ceremony to local media.
“Handball…is simple to play, the equipment is easy to acquire and we understand the levels to which it goes – everyone has the ability to get involved and participate in it from a recreational level to a competitive level,” he concluded.