New futsal league taking off in a big way in Rutland

A new Futsal Club  has started at Uppingham Community College.  Phatasma manager Ben Richards (centre) with the league trophy and Sven Hart (left) and Robbie McCall (right EMN-140714-155802001
A new Futsal Club has started at Uppingham Community College. Phatasma manager Ben Richards (centre) with the league trophy and Sven Hart (left) and Robbie McCall (right EMN-140714-155802001

A new Futsal Club has started in Rutland based at Uppingham Community College for players aged 16 and over.

Futsal is the official FIFA approved version of Indoor five-a-side football and is credited with being one of the most important coaching tools in modern football.

The main difference between Futsal and other forms of the game is that the ball is played with a smaller weighted ball. This encourages skilful play as the ball spends more time on the floor making it easier to pass and dribble.

The club has been running on Friday nights between 6pm-8pm and was started with Sportivate funding which is aimed at engaging 14-25-year-olds in sports and physical activity.

Over the initial eight week block, nearly 40 players attended a number of taster sessions and in week five the first ever Rutland Futsal League was formed.

Four teams competed in the league with Phantasma running out eventual champions having narrowly beaten Rapid Vienetta on goal difference.

The league’s leading scorer was former Uppingham Community College pupil Liam Sansom who scored 15 goals, narrowly beating Sam Cowling on 14 goals and Joe Bell on 13.

Rob Lewin, who previously coached futsal at the University of Leicester for five years, said: “For me futsal is a fantastic game as is develops the basic skills and techniques of football in an enjoyable environment.

“Every player that has been involved in the last 8 weeks has improved their skill levels massively and the development is so much faster than in normal football.

“We’ve been using futsal in the college for years now but there’s never been an exit route for students who want to continue playing the game post 16.

“That’s why we’ve started the club as I feel we can build a really strong Rutland League in the next few years.”

Rob has also entered the club into the Leicestershire Futsal League in the Autumn.

A new season of Friday Night Futsal will be starting on August 1.

To get involved contact Rob Lewin at Lewin_R@ucc.rutland.sch.uk or on 07902 243 405.