The International Handball Federation (IHF) has donated over 100 balls to the Liberia National Handball Association, valued at US$9,750.
The balls, made of synthetic material, were received over the weekend. The sizes are between 54 and 56 circumference, weighing between 325-375 grams.
The president of national handball association J. Mason Saweler told the Daily Observer that the balls would be distributed amongst 50 schools in Montserrado, Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, and Margibi counties, next month.
He said at least two balls will be given to the girls’ and boys’ teams in each of the beneficiary schools and will be determined after a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) exercise.
The handball boss disclosed that handball has made significant progress over the years, with the growing number of participating schools in its ongoing inter-schools league.
He said there are 14 schools playing handball in Montserrado; Grand Cape Mount County, 10 schools; Bomi, nine schools and Grand Bassa, eight schools.
The inter-school league is divided into three categories: elementary, junior high and senior high, he said.
In order to decentralize the game, he boasted that this year’s inter-school handball league is expected to have different format, with the schools playing simultaneously at three venues: Caldwell, Old road and Sports Commission on Broad Street in early March for the 2014/2015 league.
He appealed to elementary, junior and senior high schools in the four counties to take advantage to increase their participation.
Some of the schools are William V. S. Tubman, G.W Gibson, J.J. Roberts, Elizabeth Crawford, Gray D. Allison, Carr High, Newport Junior High, William Lee Borner, C. William Brumskine, Slipway and Amadaiya School.