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The Hayesbrook School

Hayesbrook All Geared Up to Start Playing Futsal

We are delighted to have received a Futsal starter pack, courtesy of The FA and Football Foundation, to ensure our facilities are Futsal-ready.

The pack contains two new futsal goals, futsal balls, bibs and cones, which will enable Hayesbrook working in partnership with the School Sport Partnership to run and coordinate a futsal festival/tournament utilising the equipment to provide extracurricular opportunities. To provide engaging and enjoyable sessions for school across the local community.

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.

Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach, said: "A big well done to Hayesbrook School 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."

Mr Gainey, Teacher of Physical Education at Hayesbrook, said: "We will be targeting youth age groups to engage them in Futsal through lunch and afterschool clubs, utilising the equipment to provide extracurricular opportunities. We would like to extend a massive thank you to The FA and Football Foundation for the original investment."

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.