Sierra Leone Handball Association Gears Up for the Best


In Sierra Leone, girls are usually not allowed to participate in any kind of sport. We want to help change this fact. Therefore, hummel has, together with the non-profit organization Football for A New Tomorrow (FANT), created a sister-organization to FANT by the name HAND – short for Handball for A New Destiny.

We have chosen to focus on handball since handball is a relatively unknown sport in the country – and therefore not already “reserved” for boys. With HAND we have the opportunity to build the sport from scratch, and not least make it a niche where girls can more easily be allowed to participate.

HAND’s mission is to introduce the girls to the sport of handball – teach them about the rules of the game, distribute handball equipment and establish handball clubs, where the girls can meet regularly to play handball – but also to educate the girls on democratic principles and human rights.

HAND believes that women’s integration into handball can help change attitudes and give the girls an opportunity for a more independent and dignified life.

The training facilities in Sierra Leone are a big challenge and it’s HAND’s hope that they can also be part of developing better facilities for the girls.