Women’s Handball Development Committee

The Women’s Handball Development Committee was established in March 2016.


The participation of women in Olympic handball has been a constant presence within the Irish Olympic Handball Association. However, it never benefited of a dedicated and specifically designed development project.
The recent availability of qualified volunteers and a change in the international youth competitions structure created an unprecedented good opportunity to start a development project dedicated to women in Handball


Women’s Development Project 2019

The development project 2019 is a nationwide project promoted by the Irish Olympic Handball Association that aims to have internationally competitive teams in the u19 and U17 age group for the European Cup in 2019.
This represents the first step toward the Creation of a structure able to sustain consistently U17 and U19 teams with a two year cycle
Moreover, at present there are only a few qualified and practicing female handball referees and coaches in Ireland. The purpose of increasing female referees and coaches is to provide opportunities for females to be represented through every aspect of handball in Ireland.

Project Highlights

Training sessions with U17 and U15-13 players started in May 2016 by invitation among the player participating in school competition.
This brought together players from Dublin, Kildare and Meath for a overall number of about 60 girls
Training camps will continue with a monthly or fortnightly frequency. Participation to international camps and high profile tournament is planned twice a year.
The aim is to enlarge our recruitment base, give our players international experience and to recruit competitive athletes.

Costs and sponsorship opportunities

The WDP requires financial support to cover our yearly costs that could reach a total of about €10,000.

Women’s Development Project Committee Bio

Orla Griffin, Chairwoman and IOHA Board member – Started in handball as a youth player. Currently plays for Astra and is IOHA board member. Has completed the required courses to be a children’s officer.
Alucia O’Connor – 20 years in handball as a player, a coach, a referee and a table official. Recently qualified as a Certified Associate in Project Management.
Joao Ferreira – masters in Physical Education and a L2 coaching licence.
Monika Partyka – Graduate in Physical Education at University of Szczecin in Poland, Handball Coaching Licence C. Qualified referee ( l2 – polish handball Federation) with over 300 matches .
Andrea Ongaro – IOHA Technical Director. 35 years in handball as a player and 30 as coach. Holder of an EHF L3 Coaching license and on the road to achieving EHF Master Coach status.


IOHA WHDC Chairperson Orla Griffin


IOHA Technical director Andrea Ongaro

IOHA WHDC Project Manager Alucia O’Connor


IOHA secretary Michael Moloney