A partnership involving Oasis Academy Coulsdon in Surrey and The Football League Trust (FLT) Futsal consortium, comprising the UK’s leading operator @Futsal Group and sports education specialists TVS will give young people aged between 16 – 18 years old a unique opportunity to learn, train, work and play the fastest growing indoor sport in the world – Futsal, alongside a number of professional clubs from The Football League Trust, in a national league and pioneering education programme.
The partnership will offer a number of funded places on this pioneering national education programme to young people both male and female in the SE region of England. From September, the students will begin a 2 year course improving their skills, learning to coach and referee Futsal, whilst studying for a BTEC national qualification in Sport. When completed, the programme offers a number of pathways ranging from a university education through to a career in the active sports and leisure sector.
The young people will have the chance to learn and train at professional football clubs in the region and the @Futsal arenas using innovative learning methods involving an on-line learning platform. They will then have the opportunity to play Futsal against other professional clubs as part of a National Futsal League with The Football League Trust.
Oasis Academy Coulsdon Principal, David Millar, commented "Sport is a very important feature of Oasis Academy Coulsdon and we are delighted to be joining this exciting new programme for 16 - 19 year olds. I believe that this partnership will offer a high quality educational and sporting experience enabling our students to progress to university degrees or employment".
Futsal is an official FIFA, UEFA and FA approved 5a-side variation of football, usually played indoors with an emphasis on technique and creativity, which has grown popular in recent years. Budding stars of the future will get to follow the same development path as global football stars like Messi and Ronaldo, who honed their abilities playing the game of Futsal.
Frank Rodriguez, Managing Director of the @Futsal Group, commented, "We are delighted to be collaborating with Oasis Academy Coulsdon on a programme that will enable such positive and far reaching outcomes for young people aspiring to careers or further education in football, sports or leisure."
John Relish, from the Football League Trust comments, "The Football League Trust welcomes this new partnership with Oasis Academy Coulsdon and our other partners and looks forward to delivering a high quality education programme allied to an exciting match day experience."
The Education and Futsal programmes will also aim produce elite players that could represent Great Britain in time for Futsal’s proposed debut at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, pending the outcome of on-going discussions for its inclusion as a demonstration sport. With all of the home nations languishing at the lower levels of FIFA’s official world rankings, one of the programmes core aims is to develop the next generation of international players so that the home nations can rub shoulders with the world’s elite.
Young people male and female aged between 16- 19 wanting to join the Futsal & Education Programme should apply urgently through the Futsal web site www.futsaluk.net.
Futsal is the only officially recognised form of indoor football accepted by UEFA and FIFA, the European and world governing bodies for football, with world and European championships taking place for club and national teams. It is reported to be the world’s fastest growing indoor sport with over 30 million players worldwide. Players such as Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi and many others have developed their abilities playing Futsal from a young age. The Football Association have now adopted Futsal and it is now seen as a cornerstone of its 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. 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 touchlines lines like 11 aside football, and not walls or boards that players can use to rebound the ball. Futsal is played with a size 4 regulation ball having 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!
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