At least 30 representatives from junior and senior high schools on Bushrod Island have started two weekends of technical training in handball.
The participants include training for 15 coaches and 15 referees, according to the Liberia Handball Association.
“The coaches are being taught the rules of the game likewise the referees who are also learning about officiating rules,” a release from the Liberia Handball Association said.
Handball president Mayson Saweler said the training is in preparation for its forthcoming league.
The training which began last Friday continued on Saturday and would end this coming weekend.
It is being held at the D. Twe Memorial High School on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.
“It’s impressive,” Saweler said about the number of participants, “handball has good prospect in the country.”
Saweler said: “Handball is not only a Monrovia game. We are working to take the game to every county and it will be played in every school.”
He noted that the reason handball is now restricted to schools, “is because this is one of the newest sports in the country and letting the schools participate fully is the best way to go.”
He said after the sport gains much popularity and students who are presently actively playing are out of their schools, it would become necessary for private clubs to be organized under a centralized system.
“It is too early for anyone to suggest the establishment of handball clubs outside the school system,” Saweler noted.
He urged the thirty representatives from the various schools on Bushrod Island to endeavor to absorb enough information as possible as well as being diligent to use the information to benefit their schools.
“The handball association is always prepared to assist, making sure that the rules of the game are interpreted to the enjoyment of the game,” Saweler said.