In a bid to improve their National Handball teams both Australia and Britain are turning to Denmark for coaching and playing opportunities. Australia’s Men’s National Team Coach is Dane Morten Fjeldstad and his in-country connections are being used to facilitate competition and training this August in Denmark. The team is playing in several tournaments and is being hosted by Fjeldstad’s club team, Ribe HK, which plays in the Danish First Division (one level down from the top Danish league). Further to this tour, 3 National Team players (Josh Parmenter, Bevan Calvert and Michael Thomas) will play this upcoming season for Ribe HK and two others (Anthony Deane and Ogi Latinovic) will play for another First Division club, IKAST. The Australian Federation website also highlights two Women’s Team players who will be playing for club teams in Sweden (Katia Boyd) and Denmark (Caitlin Wynne).
The British Handball Federation has also become closely connected to Denmark. Both the Men’s and Women’s team spent a week recently training at the Aarhus and Oure Sports Academies. Britain intends to relocate up to 25 men and 25 women at the Danish Academies as part of their long term planning to field a competitive Handball Team at the London Olympics in 2012.