TAMWORTH residents looking to combine fitness with fun are being invited to free indoor football, or ‘futsal’ sessions, where they can learn new skills and meet new people.
The Futsal Mash-up sessions have been launched by Tamworth Borough Council as part of Active Tamworth – an initiative which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local people through increased participation in physical activity.
Sessions are aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds, although younger children will be able to participate if they are interested. They take place twice a week at the Two Rivers/TORC Campus sports hall in Silver Link Road, Glascote Heath.
Futsal has its origins in South American football and is currently the only five-a-side indoor game sanctioned by the Football Association. It is an exciting fast-paced game, similar to football but on a smaller scale and usually played indoors. The game uses a ball with 30 per cent less bounce, so the emphasis is on technical skill and the ability to make decisions under pressure.
The Active Tamworth sessions will be all about the fun side of the game, focusing more on enjoyment and making new friends, rather than being excessively competitive. However if any budding Beckhams turn up, who would like to develop their skills further, they can be signposted to football or futsal clubs in Tamworth which play at a competitive level.
Futsal Mash-up sessions run for an hour, between 6pm and 7pm on Mondays and 7.15pm to 8.15pm on Fridays, starting from Monday January 18th. People are invited to take part in either or both weekly sessions and no booking is required, just turn up. Participants are asked to wear trainers and bring a drink of water.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities and Public Health, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Tamworth is one of our top priorities and one of the ways we can do this is by increasing participation in physical activity.
“To this end, we are always looking for interesting and fun fitness activities we can provide for residents. As well as enabling people to keep fit and learn a new skill, these futsal classes are also all about the fun; giving people the chance to make new friends within a new social setting. There are also opportunities to progress to competitive level for anyone who turns out to be a natural. I would encourage people to go along and give it a try.”