This year’s Manchester International Futsal Tournament will bring together a host of youth futsal clubs from the North West of England alongside guests from Dublin and Oxford and host Manchester Futsal Club.
The U10 and U12’s tournament promises to be a great opportunity for the future players of futsal to take centre stage at this event.
Here’s a little background information on our visiting youth futsal clubs. Enjoy the event guys!
Bolton Futsal Club
Bolton Futsal Club was established in late 2014, and was the brain child of Sam Holden and Ryan Hartwidge.
The club were aware that Mic Parish had been running futsal skill sessions in the Bolton and Preston area for some 6 years, and he was approached to come on board. Mic agreed to take charge of youth development for the club and so it began.
The first junior sessions took place on Friday 23rd January 2015 and now sessions are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bolton Futsal Club also caters to teams wishing to run in-house sessions.
Bolton Futsal Club has grown rapidly in its first six months of operating, running teams aged from u7-14, who play regular organised friendlies.
The work we are doing has been recognised by many professional football clubs and the quality of our players has attracted considerable interest. This lead to Blackburn Rovers FC approaching us to become an official development partnership club, an offer the club gladly accepted.
We have also recently embarked on the development of a senior team, which is comprised of players aged 20-21 years. At the time of writing they have played 3 matches and show tremendous potential with lofty aims of joining the national league in the appropriate time frame.
Bolton Futsal Club feel privileged to have been invited to take part in this prestigious event and we hope it is only the beginning for the sleeping giant that is futsal.
FC Sports JFC were formed in 2009 by Little Sports Coaching to give children from all over Manchester and Stockport a professional learning environment within a junior grassroots set up. With 16 children signed on to the under 8s age group in the first season the club has gone from strength to strength and for the coming season will have over 250 children signed on over 9 age groups.
The current u10s squad have won everything in their path including the East Manchester Primary cup and the first ever Nou Camp Tournament in Barcelona.With the great success of the Football club FC decided to form their first ever Futsal centre in October 2014 where the boys and girls from all age groups could come and learn the arts of the small sided game.
The children took to the game really well and the coaches could see confidence seeming through the children both at Futsal sessions and their football matches. The players have come a long way in such a short space of time, currently sitting top of the Oldham futsal Centre summer league and winning their first ever tournament they competed in.
Founded in the summer of 2008, Socatechnix soccer school started life as just extra training for 6 kids whom loved nothing more than playing football and learning new skills. Stephen Moth; then coach of a local junior team put on extra sessions that soon captivated the attention of many children of the local community.
Today, 7 years on Socatechnix is thriving with kids over two venues in Failsworth and Blackley of Manchester with over 200 on their current register with a team of 6 coaches and many volunteers.
Socatechnix is a technical coaching school first and foremost but they pride themselves on boosting the confidence of every ability in a positive environment whilst staying true to their values of skills for life not just in football.
Alongside their technical sessions, Socatechnix offers league football on a Sunday for individuals and is currently hosts 10 teams that feature in their Development Zone on a Monday night at Our Lady's Leisure Centre in Blackley, Manchester.
Socatechnix runs regular football tournaments with a fast paced format that promotes total football and technical ability which is a big hit with teams not just locally but nation wide.
The school has since made its mark in Europe also; realising the dreams of 22 children when they became Easter Champions of Hollands famous Easter Open Tournament 2015. Such was the impact the European experiences had on the local community that the school as booked trips to Paris and Spain for 2015/16 and will realise the dreams of another 50+ children.
Dublin Futsal Club
Established in 2014 Dublin Futsal Club are at the very beginning of their futsal journey as they look to develop greater awareness of youth futsal on the local football landscape in Dublin.
Not fazed by the challenge under the leadership and coaching of Alan Doyle the club has called upon the support of Manchester Futsal Club to help move futsal forward with the education of local coaches and parents in Dublin who wish to engage more with this small sided format.
The club runs development sessions on a weekly basis aimed at allowing the players to pick up and practice the key differences between football and futsal. There are plans to set up the first ever futsal mini league the September which will be the first of its kind to be run in Dublin and the perfect platform to grow the sport and increase awareness.
The club is embracing every learning opportunity it can grab for its young players and being involved in the Manchester International Futsal Tournament 2015 will surely help their long term plans for futsal in Dublin.
Oxford City Lions Futsal
Oxford City Lions Futsal team was formed in 2011 is part of Oxford City Football Club. Oxford City FC has been in existence since 1882, and boasts Bobby Moore and Harry Redknapp amongst its alumni. The club’s senior team are part of the FA National Futsal Super League South.
The club has recently invested in its own 30,000 square foot arena, the Oxford City Indoor Arena in Berinsfield, with up to six courts for futsal or basketball, together with a café and teaching facilities. The club now sees more than 100,000 users a year, and not just for football and futsal. It has over 50 representative teams, including a futsal academy for 10-16 year olds. It has 17 representative basketball teams, as well as a number in a range of disability sports. Its facilities are also used for netball, rugby league, cycling. The club has received several awards for Community Club of the Year.
This weekend the club will be able to showcase the ongoing development work that the club has invested in with their youth development programme.
The U10’s boys and U12’s boys games get underway at 10am each day at the National Cycling Centre.
Why not come down and take a look at the games and see the kids enjoying their futsal! Tickets are available on the door for £5 per day or £7 for a weekend ticket. Children U16 can gain entry for £1.50.