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Futsal takes off in the Rose City

NEW LEAGUE: Warwick Wolves Academy  directors Tim Gaske and Matt Kairouz are excited to be bringing futsal to WIRAC for young players to expand their training.
NEW LEAGUE: Warwick Wolves Academy directors Tim Gaske and Matt Kairouz are excited to be bringing futsal to WIRAC for young players to expand their training. Sophie Lester

FUTSAL: Avid junior football fans will have a new chance to practise their moves with futsal taking off in the Rose City.

Warwick Wolves Academy director of coaching Tim Gaske said the new tournament was an extension of the academy.

With the help of Danny Lyons Sports, and Academy director and Char-Belas Restaurant owner Matt Kairouz, the futsal tournament is slated for Friday nights at WIRAC.

"We've just started up with this one two weeks ago and we're trying to get more numbers now,” Gaske said.

"It will gives kids who may already be playing soccer a chance to play the indoor sport as well

"Futsal is getting really big in the world and with Warwick being such a big soccer community already, it seemed like a good opportunity for us to fit in more training.

"Outdoor only goes for six months of the year and we want to be able to provide futsal for 12 months so our players can compete at a higher level.”

Gaske said the tournament was open to all school-aged kids, with the hope of getting enough numbers to kickstart a junior competition.

"Anyone from prep right up to grade 12 is welcomed to join,” he said.

"We've already had a fair few eight to 10-year-olds and some 13 and 14-year-olds sign on.

"We're hoping with enough interest we can grow it to make a junior competition and that could open up the opportunity to compete at regional, state and even national levels.”

Kairouz said he was looking forward to the academy growing with the introduction of futsal.

Gaske said the sport would introduce players to a more fast-paced game compared with playing on a standard outdoor soccer field.

"Futsal is played with only five a side but it's very fast paced because you're on a smaller court,” Gaske said.

"So while the rules are much the same, it becomes very technical and skills based, and we hope that will help build our players' skills effectively.

"It's really about giving kids another chance to be active and build on their skills.”

With training for the 2017 season starting up in the past fortnight, Gaske said the Wolves were looking forward to a big year in football.

"We've already got about 60 kids training two nights a week at this stage,” he said.

"We're looking forward to a great year in the competition - we'll be headed to the Gold Coast three or four times and we've been invited down to Ipswich to showcase as well.

"The West Brom European Premier League club from England will be here to run a camp in June and I'm taking a tour over to England next year as well for anyone interested.

"We've opened the academy up to anyone in our district including Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.”

For more information, phone Tim on 0434211441.

Topics:  football futsal warwick wolves wirac


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