Sunday was Mother’s Day, so a special mention to all the amazing mother’s who bring their daughters each and every week, you are all fantastic and the club never takes you for granted, thank you, thank you, thank you.

We had one new player come and try futsal for the first time – welcome Hettie , we hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Following the theme of the last 3 weeks, we continued to introduce the ideas of a formation and rotation, being very careful how we used these words. The court was split into 3 zones and teams had to occupy all 3 at the same time. We saw several different ideas on how to achieve this with once again the futsal on show being superb. The players really have started to think about how to build an attack, playing backwards to keeping possession and making sure they finished their attacks so as not to get countered. At one point the coaches just stood back and watched, no coaching was needed, they just enjoyed the futsal on show.

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Player of the week for the first hour was Amelia H – She is so new to the sport but comes each week and tries her hardest. One of the smallest in the group but with such a big heart. Fantastic start to your futsal journey, keep working hard Amelia!

Player of the week for the second hour was Mollie C – This young lady is playing up an age group and watching this session you honestly wouldn’t know. Usually a goalscorer, this week she organised her team and played predominately as the back player, which she did brilliantly. Fab performance Mollie!

Player of the week for the third hour was Hannah B – Having suffered the first serious injury of her career, you would expect a player to be a little cautious on their return. Not so with Hannah, she worked her socks off this week, covering pretty much the whole court and making crunching tackle after tackle. Welcome back Hannah, top job!

Player of the week for the fourth hour was Ella T – This young lady is getting better and better each and every week. She showed fantastic thinking in the matches by defending in front of the pivot and stopping them getting the ball. Now, we just need to get her higher up the court! Don’t stop improving Ella!

Final thoughts of a coach – on Friday and Sunday I watched the UEFA Euro Womens Futsal semi-finals and finals from Hungary. The games featured holders Spain, Portugal, Ukraine and hosts Hungary. It was fascinating to watch the female game, being played at the highest level, with the physicality and speed of the players. Spain featured a set of 19 year old twins, with one scoring a stunner in the semi-finals, and I was left wondering how many talented English players had missed out on representing their country over the years?

I know we keep going on about it but please can the English FA announce the women’s U19 squad. We have so many talented players who need that carrot to keep pushing themselves to the next level. Ok, realistically, they probably won’t represent their country at futsal, but is there any harm in dreaming and saying if only? It’s very hard to do this if there is no team at all! The futsal community have suffered so many setbacks over the years, please FA, don’t let this current wave of female sport miss out on one of the best games in the world!

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