FANCY FOOTWORK: Futsal is a game of speed and skill.
FANCY FOOTWORK: Futsal is a game of speed and skill. Claudia Williams

Kick-off for new futsal club

FUTSAL: There was a sense of excitement and anticipation for the start of the futsal season at the second come-and-try night for South Burnett Futsal Club Inc on Wednesday.

Player Kyron Clegg is looking forward to the new season and seeing others learn the sport.

"I'm looking forward to playing and seeing all the new kids learn and develop all their new skills and see how they go,” he said.

Kyron, 15, has been playing futsal since he was nine and has had the opportunity to represent South West Queensland and Queensland Country.

Kyron said the skills of futsal help when playing outdoor soccer.

"I like the intensity and how quick it is,” he said.

"It's much quicker than soccer and your touches and everything are different but you can tell the kids who play futsal at soccer because they are much quicker and they are a lot sharper on the ball.

"I reckon futsal has helped me a lot with soccer.

"I play goalkeeper and in soccer it is not any harder than futsal but the goals are just bigger, and with futsal it is a lot more reflexes and you have got to be quick, with soccer it is more about positioning and timing.”

The new club, affiliated with Federation of Australian Futsal, will hold training and games on different nights for different age groups for up to one hour.

There will be tiny tots aged three to four, pocket rockets for five to seven years, juniors for eight to 11 year olds and teens, players aged 12 to 16 years.

President of South Burnett Futsal Club Inc, Tracey Clegg, said this would give players the opportunity to learn the skills required for the game and put them into practice.

"We will go through all the fundamentals, we will do 30 minutes of fundamentals and drills and then 30 minutes in a game situation,” she said.

Striker Emma Wilks has been playing futsal for three years and is looking forward to the new season.

"We are splitting into age groups so we get to play with people more at our level,” she said.

"It's a really fast game unlike soccer where you have to run from one side of the field to another and it gets tiring.”

Emma has represented Wide Bay in the sport at the Queensland School sport titles and said the best part of the game is the feeling when scoring a goal.

"Its pretty cool, I am usually at the right spot at the right time,” she said.

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