HARTLEPOOL Sports Council’s annual awards broke new ground with the sport of futsal recognised for the first time.
Futsal is a form of football, predominantly played indoors, which originated in South America in the middle part of the 20th century.
The fast-paced five-a-side sport, which uses a smaller-sized football, is now being played in Hartlepool – and with great skill and success.
And Hartlepool Sixth Form College female futsal club won the Outstanding Team performance at the Hartlepool Sports Council awards after triumphing at the FA Futsal Championship in Birmingham.
Hartlepool only set up the side at Brinkburn in January.
But the girls soon progressed, so much so that the squad of Amy Cowan, Vanessa Goodrick, Emily Smith, Georgia Readman, Megan Hammond, Emily Hammond, Kirsty Setchell, Rogan McHugh, Rebecca Norman and Rebecca Davison won the eight-team national tournament.
The side, several of whom are in line for represenative honours, are trained by the Sixth Form College’s football coach Becky Robinson and assisted by Tom Heselton.
Such is the growing popularity of the game, there are regularly 20 girls taking part in the futsal sessions.