Kirk Hallam U12s Through to the National Futsal Finals

Last week Derbyshire County FA took a visit to Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College to visit the recent Boys U12 East Midlands winners…

On 5th April 2014 five U12 school futsal teams met at the University of Nottingham Sports Centre to battle it out for the regional crown. Kirk Hallam managed an impressive 3 wins out of four, scoring 21 goals along the way. They topped the table comfortably with Trent Valley Academy sitting 3 points behind. With this win it means they are now on their way to the National Futsal Finals which is due to take place on 28th & 29th June at Futsal Birmingham National Arena. Schools and clubs across U10, U12, U14 and U16 age groups (boys & girls) will take part in what will undoubtedly be a spectacular event for everybody involved.

Pete Collins, Football Development Officer (Children and Young People) recently visited a training session and saw why the team has been competing so well. With structured training and futsal related drills it’s clear to see just how seriously the school are taking the finals, which is fantastic. Pete spoke to some of the boys to gain some insight into how they’re finding it;

Kieran Rowland said “I don’t want to think about it too much because then I’ll get nervous, I play better when I’m not nervous so I’m treating it as a normal game, it means a lot to me and I want us to do well”. 

Daniel Cox stated “Futsal is fun because it’s a fast game, it makes you think quickly and you need quick feet, I’ve really enjoyed playing with my friends and I’m excited about the final”.

Marie Cox, a parent commented “It great to see the team in the National Finals and it means a lot to the school. The boys have benefitted tremendously from the whole experience and we’re feeling very confident, we’re going to go there and win it!”

Pete Collins remarked “It is a fantastic achievement for the U12 Boys team from Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College to be representing Derbyshire County FA and themselves at the National Youth Futsal Finals next month. The team has been training hard with the support of coaches from FS Derby Futsal club and have really developed their understanding of the game. We hope that the team’s successes will be a springboard to developing more opportunities for children to play Futsal in Derbyshire. They are proof of how Futsal can develop young players and we need to embrace and champion this. The College will be looking to use Futsal as part of their Team Sixteen offer moving forward into next academic year to create playing opportunities for more students.”

Derbyshire County FA wish the team a huge congratulations and good luck, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!

If these boys have inspired you to get involved with futsal please contact Lauren Mellor (FDO Adult Participation): or Peter Collins (FDO Children & Young People): / 01332 361422.

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