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Samba Flair Returns To Football Education With Oxford United In The Community

A great way for young footballers to learn new skills

17 September 2019

Oxford United in the Community are again giving youngsters a chance to learn football the Brazilian way.

The official charity of Oxford United are delivering Futsal courses for boys and girls, following a successful pilot scheme earlier in the year. The Futsal courses are for children aged between five and 12. The course starts on September 18th at The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, Oxford at 5.30pm. They will take place every Wednesday for three months.

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.

Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said: “Most Brazilian footballers grew up playing Futsal and have spoken highly of its benefits. Locally we launched our own Futsal programme in January and witnessed the positive impact on youngsters first-hand. We are pleased to now be able to roll our Futsal sessions out across three months to provide wider opportunity for more youngsters to benefit from this educational programme.

“Our Futsal programmes are designed to encourage young children to lead active, healthy lifestyles from an early age. Futsal is an ideal way for children to learn basic football skills in a very child-friendly environment that is nurturing and creative.”

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.

Oxford United in the Community’s coaching staff deliver programmes in nursery and primary schools across Oxfordshire. They are qualified not only in football coaching, but in teaching interventions including Real PE, which focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.

The Futsal courses are £65 per child and are open to children of all abilities.

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