Over 15 million people in 160 countries take part in the game of Olympic Handball. The Irish Olympic Handball Association (“IOHA”) acts as the NGB for the sport of Olympic handball for the whole island of Ireland.
Established in 1975, the IOHA is recognised by the Irish Sports Council, Olympic Council of Ireland, the European Handball Federation and the International Handball Federation as the sole governing body for the sport of Olympic handball in Ireland
Mission Statement: “To develop Olympic handball as a visible and vibrant national team sport played at all levels.“
The IOHA is undergoing a period of transition from a fully amateur organisation to a more professional led approach. Ireland is currently ranked in the third tier of European nations.
Strategic Positioning of IOHA
- In order to grow the profile of handball in Ireland and Ireland in handball, the IOHA will strategically position itself as a key player in European and global handball by regularly hosting of seminars, tournaments and executive meetings
- Maximising the pot
- Building performances at underage level to place Ireland in a stronger position to compete with major European handball nations
- Rationale: Ireland is considered a politically neutral and handball capable nation within the EHF and IHF
- Ideal location, professional people, English speaking
ential of the London 2012 Games to raise awareness of handball and to attract teams to train in ROI and NI