My name is Mate and I focus on goalkeeper coaching at Trafford Handball Club.  I work with our team coaching team to improve the quality of exercises and individual performance of each goalkeeper, regardless of age, as well as run full sessions within the club and hold curriculum sessions in school to scout for future talent.

I am currently studying Sport and Exercise Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University where we cover topics such as cardiorespiratory physiology of athletes, biomechanics of movement and other similar themes. Throughout my career I have worked in various gyms and sports centres mainly in coaching as well as strength and conditioning. In my free time I enjoy reading books, cooking and weightlifting which I also actively compete in.

My family comes from a small city on the southern coast of Croatia known as Split. I grew up in a similar town in the northern coast of Croatia where I attended primary and secondary school and first got involved in handball for a bit of recreation.

As a handball player I started enjoying playing competitively and found goalkeeping as the most interesting role in the team. I always enjoyed the element of solitude on the goal as well as being a team player at the same time which only a goalkeeper could experience. At the age of 15 I embraced the chance to play in the seniors` team in the highly competitive Croatian National League. During my undergraduate course I was involved in the universities’ handball team where we won the Croatian National University Championship and went on to the European Championship the following year.

My ambition for the club is to bring a high level of coaching and communicate with the players to achieve the best results possible. Additionally, I want to bring in the element of science and testing to the club to ensure maximal prosperity in both physical and mental elements of our players.


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