„HEART OF STEEL”
Brief history of Dunaújvárosi Főiskola – Dunaújvárosi Kézilabda Akadémia Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. (LTD)
The negotiations about the establishment of a handball academy in Dunaújváros began in the summer of 2010. At that time a professional study was created about the conditions, possibilities, requirements and future aims to be fulfilled.
Summarizing the results of the interviews it could be stated that the concept of creating an academic system which brings together the talented youngsters in Dunaújváros and in the region had been conceived in the minds of the experts of the sport previously. Also it became clear that the different interest groups agree in this matter and they are ready to join forces.
The self-government of Dunaújváros and the management of the College of Dunaújváros took charge of the process and according to their memorandum of understanding the city council established the nonprofit organization and the higher-educational institution undertook to provide support of 22,5 million HUF (by allowing the teams to use their facilities, also assisting with the catering and accommodation).
Three other sport associations, DVSI, Dunaferr SE and Dunaújvárosi Női Kézilabda SE also joined the cooperation, but due to the known occurrences nowadays only the cooperation with the local sport school (DVSI) can be considered active.
A Dunaújvárosi Főiskola – Dunaújvárosi Kézilabda Akadémia Nonprofit Kft. was established on 11th March 2011. Szemenyei István was appointed to be in charge for managing the academy and Radulovics Bojana was asked to be responsible for making the professional decisions. Orbán Viktor, prime minister welcomed her who has been selected the best handball player of the world two times by person and ensured the delegation that their long-term aspirations are supported.
For the start of the season 2011/2012 the team signed an agreement with DNKSE and started it with 38 players. From the bench Takács Józsefné and Rapatyi Tamás instructed the girls who participated in the Junior National League and in the Teeners National League (OSB). In the autumn of 2011 Dunaferr’s previous EHF and Champions League winner, Mátéfi Eszter joined the coaching staff. She also played a role in elaborating the long-term plans of the team. In the first tender of TAO (corporation tax support) the academy was granted 10 million HUF which helped to stabilize its financial state. The aims were to duplicate the total number of players by setting up another youth team for the upcoming season.
Unfortunately it remained just a plan as the financial group behind the adult first team of Dunaújváros competing in the Hungarian National League (NB1) failed to support the team any longer and called it quits. The existence of first division handball in the city was in danger. After some negotiation with the founders it was announced that DF-DKA is going to take over the adult team and they enter the second division competitions (NB1/B). This conception was not supported by the Hungarian Handball Association (MKSZ), on the other hand they offered the vacant place for NB1, so due to this twist to the team started the season 2012/2013 possessing the title of a professional sport association. For the competitions in the first divisions the association decided to take the old-new name “Kohász” and beside the first team they also registered a full squad for the third division (NB II.). On the second TAO tender the team received 100 million HUF for raising the new generation.
As for our adult team, in the league from this season on we had a „granted” 4th place in each year until 2018. Only one exception was the season 2015/2016 when the girls managed to finish 5th in NB I. But this year also brought a big success with itself, the adult team of DKKA after a nice run and some big results won the EHF Cup with Zdravko Zovko on the bench. The final took place in Veszprém Aréna, and the whole Hungarian handball community stood behind our girls no matter which other club they usually support. It clearly showed that if the chemistry among the team is good, great successes can be achieved only with Hungarian players in the squad as well. In 2017 György László has been appointed as the head coach of the adult team and managed the team for three years. For the season 2020/2021 Attila Vágó took over his position to lead the girls.
Currently around 250 youngsters belong to Kohász. The academy is committed to the Hungarian handball also to the harmonious physical and mental development of its athletes.
Our motto is: “Tanulni – Küzdeni – Tisztelni” (Learn – Contend – Respect ).