The presidents of women’s clubs no longer have a president. Jean-Marie Sifre, who has led the Union of Professional Women’s Handball Clubs (UCPHF) since its creation, resigned as head of the body on Thursday, publicly denouncing the deterioration of the relationship between the clubs and the French Handball Federation. .
Boss of the Paris 92 club, Sifre was elected president of the Union of D1 club presidents in 2013. In 2018, he was at the base of the creation of the UCPHF, structured to negotiate sectoral agreements. With the associations of players (AJPH) and coaches (7 Masters), it had managed last year to sign the women’s handball collective agreementa historic first in French professional women’s sport.
Her other big fight was the autonomy of the Women’s Handball League, which organizes the French Championship. Unlike its male counterpart (National Handball League, NHL), the LFH remains under the supervision of the Federation. And, in the eyes of Sifre, there is now nothing more to expect on this level since the election of Philippe Bana at the head of the FFHB two years ago.
“We have nothing to hope from the current leaders for the development of women’s professional handball”
“Unfortunately, the recent decisions taken by the FFHandball do not go in this direction, and on the contrary, reinforce the competences of the federal authorities to the detriment of those of the LFH and confirm that we have nothing to expect from the current leaders for the development women’s professional handballdenounces the leader in a press release. […] I am convinced that the clubs are no longer listened to within the LFH and that the relationship of trust with the leaders of the FFHandball no longer exists. »
Jean-Marie Sifre specifies that he wishes to continue to invest in the dialogue with the social partners of women’s handball.