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Groener signs contract extension to 2024

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Henk Groener will remain head coach of Borussia Dortmund's handball women for next season. The 62-year-old took on the job of head coach in November 2022, and has now signed a contract extension until 30 June 2024.

"I think we are on a good path and it is a club where anything is possible. We want to attack again and get along very well with each other. I like that a lot. The fact that we have been able to go on this journey together in the past few months is also down to the people who put their heart and soul into it," stressed Groener.

For the Dutchman, Borussia Dortmund belong back at the top: "We want to be able to get one step closer to the top in the next few years, regardless of the opponents. Every year, we want to make a bit of progress. We are well on our way to putting both the team and everything that goes along with it in a good position."

Before joining BVB, Groener was head coach of the Dutch women's national team from 2009 to 2016. From 2018 to 2022, he then trained the German women's team.

Head of department Rupert Thiele is pleased about the head coach's decision to sign a new contract. "When we signed Henk, we wanted to bring peace and stability to the club. We managed to do that. It turned out that we made the right choice at the time. So for us, it was the logical consequence that we would like to continue working together. It is good that everyone now has clarity and that we can now tackle the numerous tasks ahead of us together."

Andreas Kuno, sporting director of the BVB handball ladies, is also pleased: "In his few months here in Dortmund, Henk has proved that he can have a great influence on the development of the players, but also on the development of the club. That is precisely what we need, and that is why we are glad that we will continue to work together in future. We can now start to draw up even more specific plans, and I am sure that we, together with Henk, will get closer to the top again."