Premier League futsal exceeds expectations
FUTSAL: The North Coast Premier League Futsal competition may only be in its inaugural year, but its success this year has meant planning has already begun for next year's competition.
The grand final matches will be played in Coffs Harbour today, and North Coast Futsal development officer Renan Fenerich said the competition has so far exceeded all expectations from the outset.
"Maybe I was a bit reluctant in the beginning because we were sort of introducing a new concept to the local players and their parents," he said.
"Everyone has embraced the concept and supported the initiative, people have been getting behind it and they're already talking about next year."
Clarence Valley teams have performed strongly in the first Futsal Premier League, with Junction Hill Magic reaching the grand final in the under-10s, and the Grafton Strikers in the final for the U12s and U14s.
"We've been working really hard since we started in Grafton nearly four years ago and that was always our goal, to establish the sport and built its reputation," Fenerich said.
As North Coast Futsal looks to build on this year's success, Fenerich said expansion could be on the cards for the competition.
"The plan is to run the competition in a similar format, with the inclusion of a new youth age group that would encompass the 15 to 17-year-olds," he said.
"Hopefully we can get some more people involved, and possible one or two new teams in each group.
"We're starting to do a bit more work for futsal in Maclean, which could potentially represent a new team
"We've had a lot of help from our local sponsors to run the competition and get uniforms, so hopefully they will get back on board next year and we can continue to work them to build this competition."
Frenerich said the futsal competition gave players an opportunity to experience a level of professionalism they might not have experience before, such as a coin toss, side-by-side walks on to the court.
"We've recreated the same steps as if they were watching a Champions League game," he said.