Kicking It

June 07th, 2018
Kicking It
Futsal, or five-a-side indoor soccer, in the Adelaide Hills is ramping up in readiness for the international championships held in the US in five weeks.

David Nye and his academy state level futsal team will be competing in Florida against teams from Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and South America.

David said it’s the perfect opportunity for kids from South Australia to get exposure competing against these teams of the highest calibre.

He’s also offering juniors and seniors the opportunity to be coached by one of Adelaide’s top Futsal players.

“We have a beginners group running on Monday nights for 8-12 year olds where we’re teaching the basic skills,” David said.

“That’s a really fantastic opportunity for the kids because the guy who’s coaching it captained the Under 18s and they won at the state championships.

“We’re also looking for new members in our over 18 league.

“The average age in that group is around 40.

“It’s a case of anybody can turn up on the night and we just split the numbers into teams, play music, it’s very social, really good fun, good spirit and it’s a really great way to stay fit.”

The group meets at Saint Michaels Primary School in Hahndorf in the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays depending on the age category you are playing in.

David said the benefits of playing the sport are endless.

“Futsal is extremely exciting for the spectators and the players because you get a lot of touches on the ball and are included in every aspect of the game.”

“Players are always attacking, always defending and always have to be switched on.

“They also learn to be comfortable in tight places and not panic.

“Then when they go outside to play they’re really comfortable in tight situations and play a high level technically skilled game because the skills they’ve learnt translate directly to outdoor games.”

David said the sport encourages a lot of flair, experimentation and creativity that you don’t see in normal soccer games.

“It’s almost like street soccer, like you can see a lot of rainbow flicks whereas you rarely see that in normal soccer.”

13 year old, Owen Bowering has been playing futsal for around four years now.

He said the sport has been a lot of fun for him and his friends.

“It’s really good fun and keeps you fit,” Owen said.

“I’ll definitely keep playing because it’s a good social sport with all my friends.

“It’s good all year round as well because the weather doesn’t stop you.”

David said that if anyone is interested they should definitely get involved with the club’s introductory classes on Fridays.

“There’s a really good coach who really knows his stuff so the kids can learn and improve their techniques.”

“Even if some kids are playing football in the Adelaide Hills and want to amp up their technical abilities just do the academy once a week and in a year they will have fast tracked their abilities.”

“If you’ve got good technique you don’t have to be big and strong because your technique will give you a huge advantage.”

The games run from 7.30pm till around 9.30pm.

To find out more or get involved contact David on 0438 448 498.

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