Girls Futsal Academy: Participation and Improvement
Futsal is a sport growing in popularity and one that Sheffield FC are very much involved in, writes Luke Phelps, and now the club is running futsal training sessions for girls aged 12 right through to 24.
The sessions are funded by Yorkshire Sport Foundation and conducted by Carl Woodrow and Giuseppe Brullo at the Sheffield Springs Academy every Thursday from 5:30 till 6:30.
Carl explained a bit more about what Futsal is: “Futsal is pretty much indoor Football! It’s about improving your creativity, first touch and ball control. It’s different to 5-a-side because there are barriers and lines, in futsal there are none, so your touch has to be really good.”
“We had it (the girls’ futsal academy) running for a few months before but it stopped, now were just getting it going again.”
“At the minute there are no teams, but were looking at getting some academy teams together – out of the ones that have been coming, we’ve probably got enough to get a team together.”
Mr Barker’s daughter Katie has been coming to the sessions since they restarted back in September, and hasn’t missed one since.
“She absolutely loves it” said Craig, “Futsal has really brought her on because it’s so skilful. Teachers them close control that they don’t get to learn on a football pitch.”
“Katie’s confidence has grown on and off the pitch since she’s been coming here – It’s always been kick the ball and run but now she'll actually take people on.”
Over the past decade or so, women’s football has grown tremendously in popularity and participation. Carl believes it’s down months success of the England Women’s National team: “I didn’t really watch women’s football a lot, but after seeing the National Team doing well, I’ve been watching them ever since.”
Sheffield FC is already home to a successful Ladies first and development team, and the girls’ futsal academy could be producing our stars of the future.
“I definitely think that they (the academy girls) could progress into football – they’re technically brilliant.”
If you or your daughter want to give futsal a try, come down to the girls’ futsal academy training sessions every Thursday from 5:30pm for the small fee of £3.