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Recently one of our Education Partners SJC had some of their students working on a graffiti art project for the wall of their sports hall where we have provided a Futsal pitch. CLICK HERE to view the Designs & watch the VIDEO HERE
Credits to the following for a great contribution:
Year 9: Aumi Akanuma, Tyreke Harris, Elvin Alegre & Mohit Jain
Year 10: Ronaldo Vieira & Felix Wilson
Year 12: Leonard Amoako & Bernard Duntoye
Year 13: Anna Kaminska
Staff: Sarah Harms & Chi Mbewe
Secondary Schools Futsal League
The new Schools Futsal League got off to a flying start on Thursday 14th November at the Leeds International @Futsal Arena.
23 school teams competed in the league from Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale and Kirklees, playing round robin fixtures at each of the age groups. The league fixtures will take place once a month (running through to May 2013) and will give the schools the opportunity to play against schools normally out of their district area. This is the first ever schools Futsal league to be run in the UK, and winners at each of the age groups will then be invited to take part in the WRCFA Youth Futsal Festival that will be taking place in May 2013 at the @Futsal Centre, Leeds
The U12 Boys league was dominated by Holmfirth High School, winning all 4 of their games and coming out with maximum points. The U14 Boys league was a more closely contested competition, with only 2 points separating the top 3. Woodkirk High School won the battle this month though, coming out on top. Tong High School were victors of the U16 Boys league on goal difference, with 3 teams coming out equal on points. Belle Vue Girls School were the winners in the U12 Girls league and Tong High School dominated the U14/U16 age group winning all 3 of their games.
@Futsal and the WRCFA would like to congratulate all the teams that took part and good luck for the next round which will be played on Thursday 13th December. A separate league is starting on the for primary school teams with a festival event on the 14th December, already with 10 teams signed up. If you would like to enter a team for either of these leagues please contact Jo De Tute on 0113 282 122 or email@example.com.
What is Futsal
Futsal is the only officially recognised form of indoor football accepted by FIFA, the world governing body for football. It is reported to be the world’s fastest growing indoor sport with over 30 million players worldwide. Players such as Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and many others have developed their abilities playing Futsal from a young age. The Football Association have recently adopted Futsal and it is now seen as a cornerstone of The FA’s strategic development plans.
Futsal is an indoor version of association football (soccer). The name “Futsal” simply combines the Spanish words for “hall” – Sala and “football” – Futbol into Futsal. It is the format of small sided football that is recognised and supported by FIFA, UEFA and recently the FA, with world and European championships taking place for club and national teams.
Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of who is a goalkeeper. In addition each team may have up to 7 substitutes, which means each team can comprise a maximum of 12 players. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the playing arena boundaries are marked with lines, and not walls or boards that players can use to rebound the ball. Futsal is played with a smaller regulation ball with 30% less bounce than normal. The ball can also be kicked above head height, so goals are similar in size to hockey goals. Corners can be taken and throw-ins are replaced by kick-ins from touch lines, both of which must be taken within 4 seconds. This makes the game very fast, dynamic and exciting. As a small-sided game, players are constantly placed in situations where they must receive or play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces and it places considerable demand on technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness. It is also very exciting and a huge amount of fun!
@ Futsal Limited are in the process of rolling-out a number of arenas across the UK that will enable people to play Futsal in a modern environment that will provide an innovative lifestyle and playing experience. The arenas will incorporate a number of modern and high-tech features to enable a unique experience. Working closely with the national Football Association and regional Football Associations, the arenas will provide local and national leagues for adult and junior players, both male and female.
Exeter College and @Futsal Group sign collaboration agreement to work together on the development of pioneering education and Futsal programmes. Principle Richard Atkins and @Futsal Group Managing Director Frank Rodriguez are pictured exchanging the agreement recently. This collaboration will see the organisations working together on the Futsal Scholarship programme with the Football League Trust and the development of other innovative programmes such as a Futsal foundation degree. For more information contact us
The Leeds United Foundation & @Futsal Group Sign Collaboration Agreement
Both organisations will be working together to launch a number of community based Futsal programmes including education schemes, leagues and other activities.
The Leeds United Foundation and @Futsal group have signed a collaboration agreement that will see both organisations working together on a wide range of community based programmes. The organisations are already working together on the Football League Trust’s national Futsal scholarship, which provides 16–18 years olds a unique opportunity to gain a BTEC National Diploma in Sport, plus participate in a national league competing against other clubs from the Football League.
This collaboration will extend into other education programmes such as @Futsal Group’s F1, F3 programme, which is aimed at 16 – 18 years olds not in education or employment. This programme is scheduled to start in November of this year and the partnership is looking for 25 young people that would like to join this fully funded programme.
Les Baker, Operations Director for @Futsal Group comments, “We are really excited with this collaboration and are already putting together a very innovative joint apprenticeship programme as a pilot scheme. We will be working together to launch joint youth leagues, veterans’ leagues and a number of other community focused activities, so watch this space”.
Mick Ferguson, Director of The Leeds United Foundation adds, “Working together with the only small sided game approved by FIFA is an exciting opportunity for us to bring the sport to a wider audience. Part of our key principles involve making sure everyone has the chance to participate and benefit from sport, so we are looking forward to engaging people of all ages in Futsal and developing access, particularly for young people, into employment in sport and leisure.”
About @ Futsal Group
@Futsal Group is now considered the UK market leader in Futsal operations, pioneering the development of the game both nationally and increasingly on an international basis through the roll-out of state-of-the-art Futsal arenas and a network of licensed operators or franchises.
@Futsal Group currently operates a national spine of arenas including; a southern hub arena in Swindon, a central hub arena in Birmingham (currently the largest Futsal facility in Europe and considered a centre of excellence) and a northern hub arena in Leeds. The @Futsal arenas have hosted flagship events, including The FA Cup Futsal, Premier League Academy Programme and The FA National Youth Festival. In addition the business is the official Futsal partner for British Colleges Sports and The British Blind Sports Society, underpinning its ability to deliver football for all including disability and multi-cultural events. The Futsal Education Academy has been involved in delivering Futsal led sports and education programmes for young people since its launch in 2009 and is now involved in the delivery of the largest education and Futsal programme in the UK with The Football League Trust.
What is Futsal
Futsal is the international game which saw stars such as Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and Fabregas developing the skills that have shot them to worldwide fame. Futsal is the only officially recognised form of indoor football endorsed by FIFA the worldwide football governing body. The game is played between two teams of five players and is similar to playing 11a-side football, but with a number of modified rules to suit the indoor football format. The game is fast paced, and each team can have up to 12 players in its squad. Rolling substitutes are used to suit the energetic nature of the game. The playing area boundaries are marked with touchlines and goal lines, not walls or boards like conventional 5aside football. The ball can also be kicked above head height, with goals being similar in size to hockey goals. Corners can be taken and throw-ins are replaced by kick-ins from the touch lines, both of which must be taken within four seconds. It is a professional form of football in many European, Asian and South American countries. It is also fully supported by UEFA and The FA, who have integrated Futsal into their development plans for the future. The game boasts flagship international tournaments such as the FIFA Futsal World Cup, The UEFA Futsal Champions league and The FA Cup Futsal. The game is reported to be the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, with c.30million players across the globe playing the game.
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Fancy a Football Mash Up?
The FA Vauxhall Youth Programme
Are you 14 to 17 years old and no longer able to commit to playing 11-a-side football for your local club, and yet you still want to have a kick-around with your mates? Then a ‘Football Mash Up’ through The FA Vauxhall Youth Programme sounds perfect for you.
At The FA we understand that for a variety of reasons teenagers drop out of playing regular 11-a-side club football, and this doesn’t necessarily mean that these young people have fallen out of love with the ‘beautiful game.’ There can be many factors that can lead to teenagers cease playing, whether it is homework, exams, part-time employment, or simply because it’s not as fun as it used to be. Whatever the reason it doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing entirely.
The FA with the support of Vauxhall, have developed a new programme aimed at encouraging boys and girls aged 14-17years old who have dropped out of regular football to get back into the game. The Football Mash Up initiative is basically a kick-about with your mates, overseen by an FA coach who will ensure that the sessions are fun and sociable with you and your friends getting to choose how you would like to play.
Football Mash Up sessions are played on high quality 5-a-side pitches in numerous locations around the country. They take place after school, typically between 4 -6pm on weekdays. To find out more about this programme and to see where your nearest Football Mash Up venue is located, visit www.TheFA.com or search for ‘Football Mash Up’ online.