The Under 14’s finalists.
The Under 14’s finalists. Contributed

Futsal gets ready for winter competition

FUTSAL: North Coast Football's Futsal specialist Renan Fenerich was jubilant at the conclusion of the successful local Summer competition and said participation in the sport continues to grow each year.

"I told the players when I was giving the speech at the end of the competition that this has been the best year in all aspects for Futsal in the Clarence Valley," Fenerich said.

"In members, participation in juniors and seniors and skill level - all areas have really improved this season."

The sport, which originated in South America, has been utilised by football players around the world as an easy way to bolster skill-sets in a fast-paced environment.

But it also stands alone as a sport in its own right, and that is the message that Fenerich is delivering across the North Coast.

"We run the competition in Grafton, we also run it in Coffs Harbour quite successfully and have in the past run competitions in Yamba," he said. "And now we are in negotiations to get a competition up and running in Casino.

"We have slowly been teaching people the influence of it, it can be used as a skills development tool, or they can follow the pathways available to take their Futsal playing to the next level such as through the North Coast Academy."

Open Men's side Sock FC picked up the win in the final against a hungry Taipans side while G-Town Allstars, Westies and The Panthers all took to the competition in their respective junior age groups.

There is only a week before the winter Futsal competition kicks off on Wednesday, March 2 so contact the Grafton Indoor Sports Centre to register your interest.

"It's a thing of the past to consider Futsal a summer sport only," Fenerich said.

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