Futsal on Fridays

FUTSAL: Hartlepool Sixth Form College students take part in Futsal event.
FUTSAL: Hartlepool Sixth Form College students take part in Futsal event.

SPORTY residents have the chance to join in the fun at a new Friday night futsal league being run by a college.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, in partnership with Durham FA and Hartlepool Sport Development, have launched the new community league which is open to the wider community and not just college staff and students.

The college is running both male and female leagues in the sports hall with the female leagues taking place from 5.30pm to 7pm and the male league from 7pm to 9pm.

Futsal is a fast-paced indoor format of football, played with a heavier ball to develop more skilful players and the small court size also helps players develop close control, quick decision making and speed and agility.

It is possible after the college was successful in a bid to the FA’s Small Sided Football Grant towards an internal college league and also a wider community league.

Joe Cooke, the college’s sport maker, said: “It has been fantastic to receive this funding and introduce Futsal into the college’s extensive sport programme.

“Futsal is a rapidly growing format of the game and our new leagues will allow our students and the wider Hartlepool community to be able to participate and compete in this new and exciting sport.

“I can’t wait to begin our Team 19 internal league for students, and also begin both our male and female ‘Friday Night Futsal’ community leagues.”

Tina Reed, football development officer at Durham County Football Association, said: “I am really looking forward to working with Hartlepool Sixth Form on developing futsal in Hartlepool and helping them develop it among both the student population and the local community.”

Teams are 5-a-side and the cost will be £10 per week per team.

The new community leagues start this month and run through to Easter. For more information or to book teams email joe.cooke@hpoolsfc.ac.uk or call Joe Cooke on (01429) 294444.