, now more commonly known as Futsal. Players such as Ronaldo, Fabregas, Zidane and Pele attribute the development of their skills to FutsalFootball de SaloWHAT is Futsal you may ask? Well, think of any Brazilian and the chances are they grew up playing
Futsal is globally recognised as the fastest growing small sided version of the beautiful game and is played with a slightly smaller ball which has a low bounce. This encourages the use and improvement of an individual’s technique and skills, together with their ability to retain the ball. With that in mind, I guess it’s no surprise that the Brazilians are so revered for the quality of their skills!
The Leyton Orient Futsal Scholarship provides the opportunity for its Scholars to attain a BTEC Level 3 Sports Diploma whilst competing in the National Futsal League under the auspices of the Football League Trust and its Futsal partners. There are over 50 Football League Clubs currently involved in the programme.
There are currently 21 Scholars from our community representing the O’s and early successes for both the “A” and “B” teams at this season’s inaugural tournament at the National Futsal Centre in Birmingham has quickly been followed by continued success with the “A” team’s 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town in the first league game of the season.
The excellent facilities at SCORE have also been recognised by The Football League Trust and as such, we are honoured to host all of the teams in the southern area for their league fixtures including Crystal Palace, Southend, Colchester, Brighton and Ipswich Town.
Course leader Alan Blackman says, “We are very pleased with the response we have had to our recruitment process and this year’s Scholars have started very strongly, not only in the Futsal fixtures but also educationally. We are already making pre-contract offers for next year’s intake as the Scholarship has proved so popular. In addition, next year there is a strong possibility that this type of Scholarship may be offered to girls as well as boys and so we are very keen to talk to any female players that may be interested. As with the boys, candidates should be aged 16-17 and have four GCSEs at grades of A-C to be eligible. Alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 qualification would be acceptable. Pre contract offers are based on anticipated grades if appropriate and if they are not obtained, alternative BTEC Sports courses are offered at both Levels 1 & 2.
Further details and interviews can be arranged with Alan Blackman, Course Leader on 0208 556 5973 or at [email protected]