Sylvie Pascal-Lagarrigue

Managing Human Resources in the French Handball Federation

 

The FHF (French Handball federation) is an association created in 1952. It is composed of more than 520.000 members and among which 50 per cent are under 18 years old. The FHF is at the 6th place of sports in France. There are around 2500 sport clubs all over the country. The FHF is affiliated to NOC as well as to the IHF and the EHF. The mission of the FHF is to develop the practice for all, to reach the highest level, to propose different activities (for young people or babies, for seniors, for disabled people), to organise championships and events.

The purpose of the case study is to develop and implement rules and regulations to better manage the human resources. To formalise the relationship in the organisation between its elected members and the technical staff and to define their positions and responsibilities are the fundamental principles.

The FHF will need to adopt a new management in order to improve the relationships between paid workers and the elected members. In 2017, the FHF is composed of 71,4 ETP (worked full time equivalent) and a lot of volunteers (35 members of the administration council).

The elected members and paid workers should cooperate more about the goals and the project of the organisation. In fact, there is a lack of communication between volunteers and technical direction/paid staff.

The last election of the board was the opportunity to have a common understanding of the political strategy and its implementation.

The new board is currently working on the modernisation of the organisation, implementing a new dialogue and a proximity between paid staff and elected members.

It has been assumed that if the new management reinforces the role of elected members as referent for a mission, the process will be improved. It will give more visibility and clearness to the undertaken actions and to the achieve goals for all stakeholders.

With this new human resources management within the FHF, the board members and the technical direction staff will better share their vision of the strategic project of the organisation.

Organising the Women Handball EURO 2018,in FRANCE with the French Handball Federation

 

FHF is an association created in 1952. It is composed of more than 520.000 members and around 50 per cent are under 18 years old. The FHF is at the 6th place of sports in France. There are around 2500 sport clubs all over the country. The FHF is affiliated to NOC as well as to the IHf and the EHF. The mission of the FHF is to develop the practice for all, to reach the highest level, to propose different activities (for young people or babies, for seniors, for disabled people), to organise championships and events.

The purpose of the case study is to organise an international event for women.

The experience of the world championship (Men) organised in 2001 and 2017 and in 2007 (Women) show us the real impact on the development of  handball.

Despite the success of the women’s world championship in 2007 there is really no women star player in the national team and results are not enough high for national team and professional league as Men‘s results.

The major problem is :

Women’s handball or women’s sport in general hasn’t a good exposure in the media and TV. It’s difficult to speak about  women’s handball and to promote this sport.

This lack of exposure of women handball can be explained by the following items:

-The media in general aren’t interested by the women sport in general and to get high level results is generally not enough to be attractive for the TV.

-The women’s handball has difficulties to attract interest from young girls, it is difficult to promote, communicate and to speak about our sport even if we begin to hear about handball because of the famous results of the national men’s team.

-The results of the women French team aren’t as much famous. There is no star women player as Nikola Karabatic for the men.

Then, organising a European championship in France could give a great exposure to women handball. The FHF will have the opportunity to make a lot of animation for young girls during the event. It’s a great moment to develop the activity and to celebrate the high level of our national team.

It’s also the opportunity to be more attractive for the Medias.

To develop our sport the FHF could create a new, attractive and modern offer of handball practice for women and girls

Organising for the first time a European championship for Women in France is a great opportunity to show our competencies in excellence of the organisation.

It will be a great advantage in promoting Handball and women sport.

However it is necessary to be more attractive for the media and sponsors and for that it is necessary to have women players motivated to promote the event.

We also need men players from the national team to communicate about handball for women and about the equality in sport. The involvement of the men players is very important because they have the benefits of theirs success with the press and the media.

It has been assumed that if the association of men and women during the campaign of communication of the event is very important, the exposure of the women handball will be improved.

Author:

Sylvie PASCAL-LAGARRIGUE

Vice-Présidente

French Handball Federation

Contact:

Federation Française de Handball, 16 avenue Raspail, 94257 GENTILLY France

s.pascal-lagarrigue@handball-france.eu

 
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