The latest craze in football has come to Peterborough’s Nene Park Academy (NPA).
Futsal which comes from the Portuguese ‘futebol de salão’ or ‘hall football’ is a five a side game played indoors. The ball is smaller than in the full football game and has less bounce to encourage ball control and passing in small spaces.
Peterborough United Football Club (PUFC), in partnership with NPA, now offers youngsters the opportunity to join their new Futsal Scholarship. This programme has become part of the sixth form curriculum at NPA and offers those players on the course seven hours Futsal coaching per week alongside their academic studies.
In addition, the players compete in the National Futsal League against other professional clubs. Their first game ended in a 2-0 victory against MK Dons at the National Futsal Arena in Birmingham. The coaching is delivered by Dave Farrell and Michael Johnson from PUFC’s community department.
Kieran Scarff is a senior tutor at NPA and Lead Phase Youth Development Phase coach at PUFC and leads the PUFC Junior Scholarship Programme in partnership with NPA. He said: “Futsal encourages the development of skill and creativity in football. The game is shorter and can be very fast. It offers another dimension to the game and throughout the world many players have used Futsal as a springboard to careers in the full football game.
“The work we’re doing at NPA to develop Futsal is great fun as well as a valuable way to build technique among our players. In addition the course provides a clear academic pathway. The support and knowledge of Dave and Michael, alongside the excellent staff at NPA has ensured the programme has got off to a very positive start.”
Nene Park Academy provides the facilities and the teaching of the academic programme. It is already home to the PUFC training ground and also the base for their Junior Scholarship Programme.
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