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England Head Coach delighted as Tresham College receives free Futsal starter pack

21.11.2017

Tresham College in Kettering, Northamptonshire, are all geared up to start playing Futsal after receiving a free starter pack – news that has delighted Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach.

The pack contains Futsal Goals, Nike balls & bibs as well as coaching support which will help to grow Futsal both at the college and in the community by providing the opportunity for students and community groups to access Futsal in excellent surroundings. Our existing Football Academies for male and female students will also benefit by honing their technical skills in a different format of football.

The starter packs 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.

As well as delivering the Futsal scheme, the Football Foundation delivers Grow the Game and also the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 15,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.

Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach, said: “A big well done to Tresham 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.”

Dan Burns, Head of Tresham Academy of Sport at Tresham College, said: “we are delighted to have had our bid approved and to be one of the recipients of this fantastic kit and are thankful to The FA and Football Foundation for this investment and acknowledgment of our commitment to sport. We are always looking at new ways in which to provide opportunities to our students and the local community and by now being able to deliver futsal, all are able to benefit.”

For further information, please contact:

Football Foundation on 0345 345 4555 or at events@footballfoundation.org.uk

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