CAMERON MARSHALL'S BLOG
SCHOOL GAMES FUTSAL FINALS: 27/28 FEBRUARY
I recently observed a futsal event in which all the best schools from each district of Northamptonshire battled it out to win the round robin tournament of their respective age group and progress to the next stage of the School Games.
For anyone who’s unsure what futsal is, it’s a five-a-side indoor game where the ball does not bounce and is slightly smaller. The pitch and goals are smaller too, which encourages an action-packed, physically demanding and high tempo game.
When I arrived I was tasked with coordinating the tournament which meant I had to collect the scores from the referee, help with the fixture arrangement and help people with any concerns or questions. This really helped to improve my communication skills and gave me the confidence to talk to new people.
The sports hall had three pitches, with Year 7s on one pitch, Year 8/9s on another and Year 10/11s on the other. Day one was the boys’ tournament, which was full of excitement, nutmegs, cheeky celebrations and, of course, plenty of ‘top bin’ goals.
The Year 7 age group had some serious talent on show for such a young age, with Latimer Arts College winning the tournament thanks to their teamwork and expansive style of futsal.
The Year 8/9 tournament was won by Manor School and Sports College, who played a super-attractive style of futsal. Meanwhile, the Year 10/11 age group was decided on penalties, as the teams couldn’t be separated at the end of the round robin. It was Weavers Academy, with their nerves of steel, who eventually emerged victorious. (Images courtesy of Northamptonshire Sport)
Day two was the girls’ tournament, which was again full of excitement, stunning goals and positivity - both on and off the pitch. Just like the boys, the Year 7 girls showed some serious talent and - after a closely fought and evenly-match group - it was all to play for, with NIA edging in front with their superior defence and clinical finishes to clinch the title on goal difference after their final game.
Wooton Park were sensational in kicking the tournament off by scoring seven goals in their first game to send a strong message to the others. They managed to be consistent with their goalscoring and went on to finish the tournament undefeated to clinch the trophy. Finally, in the Year 10/11 age group for girls, it was a repeat with Weavers School clinching the trophy a day after the boys won in the same respective age group to cap off a wonderful two days.
Huge credit goes to the organisers of the School Games - Northamptonshire FA (Stuart Smith), Northamptonshire Sport, Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership – plus the match officials and Kettering Sport Arena for hosting.
If you’re interested in trying this exhilarating sport or want further information about the women’s or men’s futsal league, please contact Stuart Smith on 01604 678409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Cameron Marshall