Futsal fever hits Bristol
Press release issued: 15 April 2010
Pupils from the region’s secondary schools will be participating in the city’s first junior Futsal Academy today [Thursday 15 April] at the University of Bristol. Futsal, short for futebol de salão, is an adapted version of indoor soccer that originated in South America and encourages speed, skill and sound technique.
Coaches from the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health have teamed up with volunteers from the University men’s football club to run the Academy. The camp is part of Futsal Fever, a University project which is supported by the Football Foundation, the John Rutley Sports Fund and RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy for Arts and Youth Sport).
Some of the world’s best footballing nations such as Argentina, Brazil and Spain, who will be competing in the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, are all countries with Futsal at the heart of their football development.
Robbie Fox, RELAYS School Event Coordinator, said: “We’re delighted to host this Academy. The response from the Futsal coaching we have done this year has been extremely positive. All the youngsters coming to the Academy have shown great attitudes as well as great ability.”
Matthew Paine, University of Bristol Men’s Football Club Coach said: “Futsal will definitely get bigger and better in the next few years. Futsal is an effective way to teach the game to youngsters and is a sport that we should build on in the UK as much as we can. This Academy will help us assemble a junior side that can represent the city at tournaments and events throughout the region.”