Courtesy: New Zealand FA Web SiteSecondary school futsal champs show growth of sportThe rapid growth of futsal in New Zealand since being incorporated under the New Zealand Football banner was shown last week in an expanded NZSSC National Futsal Championships in Wellington.April 2, 2012
A total of 28 teams across three competitions took part in the two day event at ASB Indoor Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, an increase of 22 from last year’s inaugural tournament when just six schools took part.
Christchurch schools emerged as champions in the two senior grades; Cashmere College prevailed in a 16 team senior boys grade and Marian College lifted the open girls trophy, while Wellington’s St Patricks College claimed the junior boys title on what was essentially home court.
NZF Futsal Development Manager says the hard work being done in secondary schools is beginning to pay off.
“We had schools from Whangarei to Mount Aspiring entering teams this year so the growth isn’t isolated to the main centres,” Payne said.
“Our college futsal programme is starting to bear fruits with more college students being offered more opportunities to participate in futsal.”
“It’s a game you can play in any school gym and it’s easy to pick up for those who haven’t played before. Some are choosing to use it to complement their football training and for others it stands alone as another sporting option to try.”
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