Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Putting Best Fut Forward; KIDS GETTING BIG KICK OUT OF SESSIONS FUTSAL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Putting Best Fut Forward; KIDS GETTING BIG KICK OUT OF SESSIONS FUTSAL

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FOOTBALL coaches want to revive the sport of futsal in the North East, believing hundreds of schoolchildren could improve their ball skills as a result.

The five-a-side sport was relaunched this month with Sunderland College becoming a centre for sessions on Wednesday evenings for youngsters aged seven to 13..

Long-time futsal coach Dan Wilson has high hopes for its development in the wake of the official launch, which attracted dozens of young players.

He said: "I am so delighted to have received the backing to get this off the ground because I am passionate about the sport.

"I know not only do young players enjoy the game but that it can also have real benefits for improving them at football too.

"Futsal improves all the areas you need to work on to develop your abilities at 11-a-side football but with futsal you see a lot more of the ball and it is a refreshing change too.

"This is something being recognised throughout football and one of the reasons why the Premier League has looked to add futsal to coaching sessions." Wilson wants to introduce a whole new generation of young footballers to utsal - a sport which has ebbed and flowed in popularity across the region over the years.

He added: "The great thing is we have support - we are being backed by Improtech Soccer which is a long-established and respected football coaching company on Wearside.

"We have also been really encouraged by the way Sunderland College has got behind us and offered the use of their facilities. …

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