Author Archives: Kevin Bryant

Ben Mortlock, Grimsby sports therapist, part of England support team at European Championships

Ben Mortlock with Englands John Stone

Great to have watched Ben’s career. His start point was futsal at Seven Hills Academy court where we are still playing today. His first University was Middlesbrough where he played for the university futsal team. Gareth Southgate was ‘Boro’ manager about that time, university had a link with the football club.

Ben is a great example to all our young aspirational players, he set himself goals and targets in futsal and then made the best career moves he could to achieve those targets.

Ben is on the England ‘Wall of Fame’ at St Georges Park, an honour reserved for those with 50+ caps.

The GFL is full of hugely talented players, who is the next one with the commitment and drive to rival Ben?

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Grimsby Girls enjoy opportunity to play at the superb Hull University Indoor Arena



Friday is taking off thanks to the girls’ initiative and their supportive parents.

The girls have been training last six Friday’s at 6 p.m. at the Seven Hills Academy School; the current group is made up of two age’s groups which are current year under 12’s & under 14s.

The under 14s travelled last week to play East Riding girls team at the prestigious Hull University indoor courts. The girls had a resounding win for which they deserve great credit. That win has set the girls new challenges, will they sit on their laurels or train harder to challenge more experienced opposition.  I suspect I know the answer to my own question.

Female Futsal Friday will, as we gain members, flourish to include all age groups.

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NTC II 4 Healing Seniors 2 (Half time NTC 3 Healing 0)

How was the score not 3-0 to Healing at the break?  They had more shots on goal, created more chances had more possession.

The reason was because NTC were futsal savvy, they saved energy by defending deep as a group. Risky tactically but not if you have a keeper at top of their game. Drawing the opposition forward then gives you a base to counter attack at speed. Counter attacking at speed in futsal can be lethal, more so when you’re have experienced players who know from the moment they win the ball just where each needs to move to draw the keeper out and leave them a tap-in finish.

70% of futsal goals are scored inside of the penalty area, the majority of those scored from back post tap-ins.

When Healing add futsal tactics’ to their undoubted individual ability their goal scoring will rocket.

For all ages getting beat is a price you pay on the journey to improve.

Special mention Callum Ely in the NTC goal – outstanding performance.

Covid vs. Futsal & Update on Your Proposed Community Venue

Hi All. Please be patient regarding fixtures, if you have or foresee a problem let me know as soon as you can.

As you will be aware local schools have isolated a large number of GFL players, all I ask is that you give me the maximum notice if your team can’t play.

Please, no more Sunday 9:30 p.m. messages that your team can’t play.

John Drew and I have just spent 2 hours today at the LFA Headquarters learning how to use the FA Whole Game System to register teams and players. Most of you will be aware of the system via your parent football clubs.

For the majority of teams it will be a simple Secretary tick box exercise.

For the ‘stand alone’ teams we will need to create a ‘parent’ club to assist your registration.

End result will be an improved league with every player’s parent aware of whom their child is playing for and that the manager of that team is DBS checked.

Our Your Kent Street project has moved on another major step, expect an imminent press announcement.

Picture is of Kent Street and how it currently looks. To make usable every court needs resurfacing amongst a list of other jobs.