Hartlepool kids are getting a kick out of Futsal

Futsal coach Greg Gavin works with students Carlos Bojang, Jack Austwick, Jack Jaques and Keenan Day during the taster session at Dyke House School in Hartlepool.
Futsal coach Greg Gavin works with students Carlos Bojang, Jack Austwick, Jack Jaques and Keenan Day during the taster session at Dyke House School in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool school kids are being encouraged to take up sport for life with a series of weekly Futsal sessions.

Futsal - a modified form of football - will take place at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, with the aim instil a love of sport in children and increase the chances of lifelong participation.

Alex Hutchinson shows off his skills at a Futsal taster session.

Alex Hutchinson shows off his skills at a Futsal taster session.

The sessions are led by the head coach of Teeside Futsal Group, Greg Gavin, 21.

He said: “It is the children that really matter, and I want the public to understand how difficult it is these days for children, parents and young adults, to get into sports - especially in Hartlepool.”

Popular in Brazil, Futsal is a form of five-a-side football usually played indoors.

Earlier this month children aged 11 and 12 had the chance to take part in free taster sessions to give them a chance to try out the sport.

Futsal coach Greg Gavin shows students how it's done at a taster session.

Futsal coach Greg Gavin shows students how it's done at a taster session.

Permanent weekly Futsal sessions kicked off at Dyke House this week, and will run on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm - with children able to try their first two sessions for free.

Sessions take athlete centred approach rather than a traditional coach centred philosophy.

“They are great for those who have previously played sport and have dropped out to get them back into sport or to develop a lifelong passion for sport from a young age,” Mr Gavin added.

For more information visit: http://www.thefutsalpartnership.com