Oxford United in the Community’s brand-new Futsal courses which give youngsters a chance to learn football the Brazilian way are delivering results.
Imported from Brazil, Futsal is a great way for boys and girls to be introduced to football and develop their skills. It is played in a five-a-side in-door pitch, with a smaller, heavier ball that does not bounce. The ball tends to stick to the foot, helping child to feel more control and to build confidence.
And with the first course for four to eight-year-olds ending next week, Lead Coach Alex Blane, said: “The feedback has been really encouraging. I’ve actively seen the children significantly improve during the course and play better football.
“Futsal accelerates children’s development and teaches the core basics of football, from ball control to passing.”
Oxford United in the Community Head of Operations Chris Lowes added: “This is the first time we have held a Futsal course and the results speak for themselves.Futsal is an ideal way for children to learn basic football skills in a very child-friendly environment that is nurturing and creative.
“Most Brazilian footballers grew up playing Futsal and have spoken highly of its benefits and we are now seeing how beneficial it is here in Oxfordshire.
“Now we want to spread the message so that more children can reap the benefits of Futsal.”
Parent Jamie Murray whose boys joined the sessions, said: “I’ve been really impressed with the futsal sessions to date.
“Oli and Jude only started playing football last summer, after the World Cup lit the flame, and Futsal has been a fantastic starting point for them to learn some fundamental skills whilst maintaining their enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game.
“In the space of only a few shorts weeks I’ve seen them both make excellent progress which has been reflected in the first few games Oli has played for his team on the weekend.”
Oli, aged seven added: “The thing I’ve enjoyed most about Futsal so far is the game we play when we have to steal each other’s balls but protect our own. It’s scary when someone tries to get mine, but I just drag it back like Alex and they can’t get it!”
The courses are run by Oxford United in the Community’s experienced and fully qualified coaches. The football club’s official charity helps inspire youngsters to reach their potential and improve their health and wellbeing via the power of football, engagement and education.
The Futsal courses are £60 per child for a seven-week programme and are open to children of all abilities. Watch out for news of the next programme in the coming weeks.