Vardar's former player Alexey Rastvortsev is back in our club, but on a new working position. He will be responsible for the organization of the operations of the Vardar's Handball Academy and Vardar Junior League.
He has already made contacts with our teams and attended the training session of the pioneers' teams. In future, his assignment will be to monitor all operations of Vardar's youth categories, within the Academy and the Vardar Junior League. He will help all coaches in the Academy and they will together identify talented children who should be appropriately directed to achieve better results.
Each year, Vardar's Handball Academy increases the number of new schools, and this season more than 20 members will join the Academy. There will be a new school in Tetovo, and other towns from all over Macedonia are expected to join Vardar's family. Some of these schools compete within the Vardar Junior League, which organization and quality should be raised to a higher level this season. Other towns will be hosts of matches, unlike the previous years, when Skopje was hosting all matches.
"Mine and the function of Vardar's Handball Academy will be to spred this sport all over the country and use successes of all teams to popularize handball and attract more children to train this sport. Our job will be to recognize talented children who will be able to play within Vardar's younger categories. Talent should be recognized, an opportunity must be given to every talented child and work with him/her professionally starting from early age. I have been training handball since I was 9. Russia is a big country, and many children back then were trying to play handball, but only the most talented succeeded. Someone recognized my talent and now I am here. I was part of the Russian national team and participated in many competitions" – said Rastvortsev.
Last season he played in Vojvodina (Serbia), where he won the national title and played the SEHA Gazprom League. Previously, he was part of our team and he again played the Champion's and the SEHA League. With Vardar, he won the double Macedonian crown and the SEHA League title. After he decided to finish his career as a player, he came back to the red-black team again. Now, in a very different role, but again related to handball.
"I hope my rich handball experience will contribute in making the well-known Vardar's Handball Academy a true nursery for talents. I hope we will improve our program and concepts even more, and the number of children that will be part of the Academy and the Vardar Junior League will constantly rise. Sports and sports' activities are the main precondition for a normal physical and mental development of children" – says Rastvortsev, who started to play for the Russian national team when he was 15.
He played for the Russian national team more than 15 years. He graduated on the Faculty for Physical Education in 2001 and was pronounced Honorary Master of Sport of Russia in 2004.