Copyright 2014

Futsal Craze Catches On In Westchester

MOUNT PLEASANT, NY -- Futsal has caught on in New York where Westchester Futsal Academy in Hawthorne is expanding its winter program to year-round.

The Academy has worked with more than 1,000 players from Westchester County, New York City and Connecticut since its establishment seven years ago.

The sport is popular among NBA names, such as Mark Cuban and Mikael Prokerov - both recently purchased futsal franchises.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development, according to a release.

Adrian Rodriguez, has been running a futsal academy for youth and adult players in Westchester.

Asked why people dont know what it is, he gives the simplest answer. Most people dont know what futsal is because they confuse it with the many different forms of soccer that are played in the states."



Carniny Youth welcome Foundation of Light to Ballymena later this month

Sessions will be held on a Monday evening over a 10-12 week period with 'Games days' on the Saturday.

The sessions are open to all children born in 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

Those interested in getting their children started in the Football Development Centre should make contact with Linda Boyd 07788548780 for enrolment details.

Interest is expected to be high for this excellent opportunity and those interested so make contact as soon as possible as spaces will be limited.

CLUB CONDOLENCES

All at Carniny Amateur and Youth FC would like to pass on their sincere condolences to Coach and Committee member Stephen Armstrong on the recent passing of his mother, Maureen.

Maureen was also grandmother to former player Jake Armstrong and wife to club photographer, Trevor Armstrong.

The club's thoughts are with Stephen, Lesley, Jake, Robbie and Trevor at this sad time.

COACH EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES

As always the club are continually providing access to not only the IFA Coaching ladder but also other coaching programmes for all the club coaches.

The club will be processing 10 young aspiring coaches on the first rung of the coaching ladder over the next few months.

The club are also delighted to provide six coaches with the opportunity to attend a Coerver Youth Diploma Course.

If you think you would like to progress through the coaching ladder please make contact with the club. The club particularly welcomes interest from young, enthusiastic, aspiring coaches.

INTRODUCING FUTSAL

In another development within the club, Carniny are introducing their coaches to Futsal.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal.

The club will be hosting a Futsal session for all club coaches which will be delivered by the IFA's Jonny Michael on August 20.

Coaching and Player Opportunities

As always Carniny are always on the look out for new players and coaches and backroom staff for the club. If any players or potential coaches out there are interested in becoming a part of the club's set up they are most welcome to make contact.

Players will be invited to open training sessions.

For further enquiries contact Billy O'Flaherty 07850669666 or visit the website www.carninyyouthfc.co.uk



England Futsal to face Swedes at Copper Box

Sweden will be the opposition in a Futsal international double-header for Peter Sturgess' England squad as they prepare for their first ever fixture at London 2012 venue the Copper Box on February 27-28.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Lionel Messi to name but a few.

Now fans in Essex can enjoy Futsal as the opening game takes place at 7:30pm on Friday February 27, with the second clash between the sides kicking-off at 4pm the next day.

Special ticket deals are being offered, subject to availability, and exhibition matches will take place two hours before each of the fixtures.

Nick Emery, senior football development officer at the Essex FA, said: "It's great to have more international Futsal of this magnitude on our doorstep. It really helps to introduce the format to local players and clubs as it's still relatively new, although it is growing in popularity.

"Hopefully this will inspire more players to get involved, and I'd recommend getting in touch with us so we can signpost people to local clubs or sessions."

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced game which is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the format places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies which can be translated into the 11v11 format.

A five-a-side game, it is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines, and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head height.

Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball), with timeouts permitted.

There are a number of differences to the traditional version of small-sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws which encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact which tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.

The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.

On the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Fabregas, amongst many others, have played Futsal to develop their skills. A special group ticket offer is available to see the next generation emerge, with a free ticket for every nine booked. Family tickets are available for £17 - adults are priced at £7.50 individually and concessions at just £3.50.

Don't miss out on the chance to witness this thrilling and highly competitive contest - call 0844 8884420 or visit ticketline.co.uk/england-futsal-international to book your seats.

Further information on the build-up to the games, plus details on how to play Futsal in Essex, can be found at essexfa.com, by following @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for 'EssexFootball' on Facebook.



TRFC: Rover to you 21/01/15

A Futsal and Education Scholarship programme will be started by Tranmere Rovers FC

Tranmere Rovers are set to bring a touch of South America to Wirral with a new Futsal and Education Scholarship programme at Prenton Park.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.

The one year course at Prenton Park will commence in the new academic year starting in September 2015 and the Club has now begun the recruitment process locally. We will be recruiting between 14-16 students aged from 16-18 years old. If you are interested contact the Community team on 0151 608 2354.

Following an initial expression of interest in 2011 and recent lengthy discussions with the Football League Trust we have finally been given the go ahead to run flagship education programme.

The course, administered nationally by the Football League Trust with tvseducation providing the learning platform, consists of eight to ten hours of education and eight hours of Futsal a week with four of those hours being team play in a fortnightly league taking place at a central North West venue.

All students will study a level 2 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport. The course also offers the opportunity for vocational qualifications, such as level 1 and level 2 football coaching and level 1 Futsal coaching thus giving the opportunity for a career in football coaching.

Work experience placements may also be offered to students showing promise.

For more details, contact the Community team on 0151 608 2354 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Families welcome

Wirral parents are being offered the chance to watch live football at Prenton Park with their kids for just £20.

Tranmere's new ticket offer allows a parent to bring two Under-17s to the match for only £20 a game in the Family Paddock, starting at the home fixture against Hartlepool United on Saturday, January 24, kick off 3pm. The offer is open to the first 100 families buying their tickets for each match from the Club Shop at Prenton Park, online at www.trfctickets.co.uk or by calling 03330 144 452.

Chairman Mark Palios said: "We want to get families watching the match together and enjoying the atmosphere at Prenton Park, not sitting at home on the sofa thinking that football is played on the television."

 

Activity clubs

We are running holiday activity clubs throughout 2015. Our holiday clubs give children aged 5 - 14 years old the opportunity to take part in lots of different sporting activities such as football, cricket, rounders, hockey and other team games. The chance to take part in some baking, some creative arts and crafts, board games, pool, and computers.

The holiday club runs from 10am - 4pm, with breakfast club (8am - 10am) and chill zone (4pm - 5pm) optional at an extra cost.

For more information and to book onto one of the courses, please give our community office a call on 0151 608 2354 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MSC Eastham

Children from MSC Eastham Under-7s took part in the matchday experience at Prenton Park on Saturday and had a great afternoon. The boys took part in a coaching session in the Recreation Centre before watching the 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

If you've got a team, whether football, scouts, school or just a group of friends, who want to take part in the matchday experience, get in touch!



Tongan young FIVE

Just the other day I received the most surprising news that pop singer Paula Abdul has just turned 50 and incidentally so too is pop music. More popularly known for her role as a judge on US television show American Idol and X Factor, Abdul regularly had to reinvent herself in order to make her career. From cheerleading to being a pop singer and then dance choreographer. And so too did pop music. This genre simply was not pure music per se but the fusion of many, depending on the taste of its audiences. Born in the 1950s in the US of A, this genre of music spawned contemporary music as we know it, where its basic structure of short verse-chorus, melodic tunes and catchy hooks is how the world is expressing its music today.

The celebration to mark the birthday of this pleasurable but no doubt commercially driven music was held at the Fiji Museum compound last week thanks for the Alliance Francaises Fiji Music Day.

Yes we might have our very own reservations about certain types of music but to be able to enjoy the feel and the electricity of live music made it a party worth attending. Never mind if the pop music theme was just some alphabets on the poster. Fiji is still going to celebrate music.

The presence of Ken Jansen, Tom Mawi, Laisa Vulakoro and Saimoni Vuatalevu was Fijis homage to pop music. The years may have caught up with them and they may have etched their names in different genres of music but the one common thread in their musical careers is the pop influence in their early years. They were part of the golden age of Fiji music, where sequined or silky dresses and shirts along with bell bottomed pants go well with the power plays of the guitar, drums and bass. All this is nicely topped with afro hairdos and long handled mustachios. That was in their youth. And credit to the upcoming bands like the Tongan Young Five, the Knox Brotherhood and Kala Bline for serenading the crowd that had gathered at the Museum veranda with pop cover tunes.

The Tongan Young Five is made up of the five Taukafa Tongan brothers and sister who were all born in Fiji. Reminds me much of the famous Tongan pop group, The Jets, that made it big in the USA and the world. Just a year and a half old, the band is made up of vocalist and keyboardist, Captain, 15, bassist Steven, 13, drummer Samuela, 11, lead singer Ro Asela, 8, and tamborine Benjamin, 6.

What we do now is not the final destination. There is always a step higher that we need to do and try to improve. Thats what I think where were right now, Captain says.

From Fijian vude, to reggae and forward to Adeles soft pop tunes, the Young Five are well on their way with their music. The next step now is to compose original materials and involve the kids in penning original songs and tunes. Were about to reach that stage but at the moment were just doing cover tunes, the Young Fives father Leonaitasi Taukafa says.

Another young act is the Muanikoso Dance Group which also performed at the Music Day celebrations alongside the Vou Dance Group.

Started in 2004 by a group of unemployed youths and students who grew up in this Nasinu housing project, the dance group has grown through many obstacles, especially financial difficulties, to become a household name in the entertainment industry. Made up of itaukeis and Fijians of Indian origins, the dance group , they will never forget their humble beginnings as part of the housing projects plan to combat crime by keeping the youths occupied with dancing.

The music played on late into the night.

The youthful music of today, however, has changed and its a far cry from the 1960s, 70s and even the 80s pop dominated era. But the ungainly hip hop and rap music which dominates nowadays is definitely a spin off from the pop genre. The difference lies in the ambience and image projected by this new genre.

Reminiscing on the Radioheads song Pop Is Dead, it may seem like the art has lost its form forever to the brash beat boxing of hip hop but then again, it is just pop music. Many would say pop music now belongs to history and will forever be known for its commercial value than for its artistic depth.