david henigman | Handball Evolution Team


Goalie experience:

World and European Champion in beach handball

Croatian first league: MRK ”Metalac”

Coaching experience:

MRK ”Metalac” (youth categories)

Faroes Islands U17 National Team (goalkeepers coach)

Team Klaksvik (youth categories)

You are a world and European champion in beach handball. Did being a goalie on the sand help you in handball as well?


First of all, the beach handball allowed me an active summer every year, so I always came to the pre-season physically prepared, and the other benefit is the speed of reaction to shots from close range.

Due to the nature of the game, shots in beach handball are mostly up close, and I as a goalkeeper jump off the sand, which is much softer than the parquet, so I can feel like I’m flying when I come to the handball court and put on my sneakers.”

What gave you the most beach handball, and what handball?

”I see both handball and beach handball as a part of life that allows me new life experiences and broadens my horizons.

From that side, beach handball gave me a trip to another country or continent every summer, and so did handball, which even took me to live on the Faroe Islands.”

Can you compare traditional and Handball Education learning methods in a few words?

”Traditional methods quickly achieve learning goals, and the result is a precise execution of technical and tactical elements.

Therefore, goalkeepers can be extremely efficient, especially in the younger age categories.

I think the main disadvantage of such methods is that they limit the full development of the goalkeeper.”

What are your experiences working with kids with indirect learning methods?

”I see the advantage of Handball Education in encouraging freedom of learning and the development of creativity.

By not putting the solution in front of the children, they will have to look for it themselves, and once they find it, their knowledge is better.

Also, the solutions that children find are not always the ones that we expect of them.

By giving them the freedom we allow them to surprise us and expand their horizons.

I think that such an approach helps them reach their full potential.”



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Experience as a goalie: 1987 – 2002 RK “Lokomotiva” (Champion of ex-Yugoslavia and Croatia, Cup Winner in ex-Yugoslavia and Croatia, IHF CUP Winner, etc.) 30 caps in Croatia Women's National Team Experience as a coach: RK “Lokomotiva”, Zagreb (Coordinator and a coach...

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Co-author of the Baby handball program of the European Handball Federation Handball coach since 2016. –  RK ”Metalac” (youth categories) Coach at the "Universal Sports School" in 5 kindergartens in Zagreb Handball Evolution Summer Camp: HESC (2019 – …) Member of the...

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Experience:  Player: First League: RK ”Osijek”; RK ”NEXE” Coach: RK ”Osijek” (First league); RK ”NEXE” (youth categories) Women's Yunior National Team Men's Yunior National Team Skogn IL Handbol HIB ”Handball”, Graz (Wome's first league) Coaches from your childhood?...

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