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Under 13 champions have trip of lifetime to look forward to, a trip that includes playing FC Barcelona futsal club

In October, U13 (U14 this coming season) champions Meglio United will head to Spain, where they will take on reigning World Futsal Cup champions FC Barcelona at the superb Joan Gamper Sports Arena; the academy and first team base of FC Barcelona.
The 6 day trip will include a match against Manchester Futsal Club, before a flight to Spain the next day where the team will spend 4 nights at a sports resort and the players will experience 2 training sessions with FC Barcelona coaches, a trip to the Nou Camp stadium and play 2 futsal matches – one against the mighty FC Barcelona.

4 team mini tournaments during August – Does your team want to play?

Matches are on same nights are you usually play during regular season.

4 teams gives you 3 x 15 minute games.

3 points for a win

1 for a clean sheet

1 for 3+ goals scored

No prizes just an opportunity to play flat out futsal for 45 minutes and get super fit and mentally sharp for your new football season.

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How I have watched UK futsal grow from nothing in 1998 – to being a massive sport 2017

From left to right:
Grandad Kevin Bryant
James Bryant (GTFC Futsal most improved player 2016/17)
Liam Bryant (next Bryant futsal protegee)
Boys’ dad Mathew

1998 I imported a low bounce futsal ball and introduced futsal to St Martin’s School Grimsby, the first UK school to train futsal.  What got me into futsal so early was a desire to find out why the South Americans could produce a conveyor belt of world class talent whilst England, with just as good raw talent struggled. By various chances I got to meet up with some top coaches, including Brazilian Marcos Falopa, a man that coached Pele.

My wife, a patient school, teacher travelled with me, till the point she said she had heard enough, ‘everyone is telling you the same thing Kevin, play futsal, it’s all they talk about.’ She was right

Before starting my Grimsby futsal leagues I had to ask FIFA to intervene to the FA to allow the game to be played in Grimsby.  At that time the FA had rules restricting futsal to full international rules. No teams were playing in any organised format. For years all FIFA futsal emails came to me, including one offering Iran, then fifth in the FIFA rankings to play in England for a large fee that FIFA would pay 66% of. Thanks to Tranmere futsal club and a generous sponsor Iran visited and the FA sent delegates to watch. That intervention led to FIFA setting up a meeting between the handful of ‘futsal’ people in England; FIFA and the FA.  A futsal development group was started by the FA at FIFA’s behest. I attended all the meetings until the group was disbanded as futsal became part of the FA’s official strategy.

Today the sport is unrecognisable, with Grimsby Town leading the way with an outstanding BTEC course that mixes education and futsal development. Without question the strongest most successful course in England. This year five players are heading to Loughborough University and two to Sheffield and Hallam where their futsal and degree education will continue. If you want to be National league or Cup winners first you have to beat GTFC futsal.

This year I’ve had my grandson James Bryant to follow and I am delighted to report he was Grimsby Town futsal ‘most improved player season 2016/207.’ Well done James. When we sat planning futsal development in 88 I never imagined I would have a grandson playing futsal for Grimsby Town.

One very proud granddad.

Kevin Bryant


Healing Hotspur’s win Under 10/11s Futsal League

Healing Hotspur U10/11 ‘B’ League winners 2017

Manager Report:

Healing Hotspurs ‘A’ completed their fixtures by winning the B league, a massive achievement for the boys. This is the first time some of them have played Futsal, and that, mixed with the lads who had a little experience, was enough to see off their very close and talented competitors for the league title. The A squad was coached by Iain Lloyd and Shaun Hayward, who it goes without saying, are very proud of the lads, as is the Healing manager Dean Wright. 

Thanks go to all the parents for their commitment in getting the the lads down, and to John, Kev and the lads for making the league such a great one to be part of.

Dean Wright

Healing Hotspurs U-11′ manager.

England futsal deliver improved results in 4 Nation Tournament

England Runners up in Four Nation Tournament

China 0-5 England

England manager Michael Skubala hailed his team’s professionalism as they kicked off the Four Nation Tournament with an emphatic victory over hosts China.

Richard Ward in action

Despite being positioned 13 places below China in the world rankings, who were roared on by a hopeful crowd in Changsha and watching TV audience, England produced a fine display with two goals apiece for Danny Ward and captain Raoni Medina, before William Wallace finished things off.

Skubala said: “It was a real professional and resilient performance from a group with some young players in the squad and some earning their first caps.

“They showed real maturity and resilience as China through everything at us.”

China initially dictated the tempo, but it was Skubala’s side who went ahead when Medina finished off an excellent set-piece from James Webb.

Medina then setup Helvecia team-mate Ward to head in the second.

Ward soon added a third and, as China pushed for a way back, England remained ruthless in front of goal.

Medina rolled in a second following a counter attack, before Wallace finished following goalmouth scramble.

England meet world top-20 team Czech Republic on Saturday.


Under 13’s UEFA style last 16 Play Off Results. Losers go into Plate with same prize as Cup Winners.

UEFA style last 16 Venue   Handicap Score Adjusted Score
Meglio Hotspurs Ymca  8-00   0-10 12-0 12-10
Borough MW1 Clee Town Novartis 6-00   0-4   7-9
Borough SL All Stars Novartis 6-45   6-0   7-7 pens
Healing Discoveries Flyers Ymca 7-00   6-0 3-8 9-8
Galacticos Borough MWA     0-10   To play next week
Laceby Healing Dev’ Ymca 7-35   0-4 3-1 3-5
Bye Eagles         Bye
Borough GCW Borough mm Novartis 5-30   6-0   9-3

Former Grimsby Futsal League players Adam Williamson and Kyle Hulse play for England U19s

Adam & Kyle proudly wearing their England kit

Two former Grimsby Borough junior and development player’s Adam Williamson and Kyle Hulse have been selected to represent England Futsal Elite U19’s in an exhibition fixture taking place on FA National Finals Day at Wolverhampton Uni, Walsall Campus Sports Centre on 4th June 2017.

Both player’s started playing Futsal with the Club at the age of 10 and were rewarded with several League titles and also appeared at three major Futsal National Finals along the way.

They went through with their team until they joined the Grimsby Town Futsal Scholarship, who are now partners with Grimsby Borough.

Thanks to Steve McCormick for article

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