Tameside College receives free Futsal starter pack
Mon, 13 November 2017
Tameside College is all geared up to start playing Futsal after receiving a free starter pack that are designed to adapt existing sports halls, playgrounds and other hard surface facilities to make them Futsal-ready. The packs came courtesy of a £300,000 Futsal scheme, which is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation.
Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. The exciting, fast-paced game is played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.
Regarded as an important and growing game, it is hoped that the provision of equipment and courses will lead to the development of more Futsal players, leagues, competitions and facilities across the country.
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach, said: “A big well done to Tameside College for securing a Futsal starter pack – they have a bright future ahead of them now! We want to get more people playing the sport for the love of it and who knows; perhaps we’ll see some future international players unearthed as a result. Futsal is growing all the time and The FA, with the help of the Football Foundation, is dedicated to increasing its importance and popularity further For All.”
Luke Podmore, sports development and enrichment officer at Tameside College said: ‘ The Futsal starter kit is a very welcome addition to Tameside College. It means that we can develop the sport that will benefit a wide range of students at the college. It will complement our inclusive programmes that help keep students fit and active’.