Futsal Grips Carmarthenshire Secondary School Pupils
Futsal Grips Carmarthenshire secondary school pupils
A series of Futsal tournaments was held during December for Carmarthenshire secondary school pupils. Over 300 boys and girls in years 7 and 8 participated during the series.
Four tournaments were held as part of the series: two in Trinity Saint David Sports Centre, Carmarthen and two in Llanelli Leisure Centre. All secondary schools in Carmarthenshire were invited to bring boys and girls teams to the tournaments and ten schools decided to accept the invitation to attend.
Futsal is relatively new to Wales and it was introduced to Carmarthenshire schools through the 5×60 scheme in February 2013 at a pilot tournament organised in partnership with West Wales Club Development Officer, Colin Staples. Following the tournament, it was decided that Futsal was an ideal way to bring together pupils in the winter months to play competitive games. Sets of Futsal goals and Futsal balls were distributed to every school and 5×60 lunch time and after school clubs took place in preparation for the first round of competitions in December 2013.
<2R>Tournament 1 – North Carmarthenshire Girls – FULL RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE
The first tournament was held at Trinity and was open to year 7 & 8 girls teams from schools in North Carmarthenshire. Teams from Ysgol Emlyn, Bro Dinefwr, QE High, Dyffryn Aman and Dyffryn Taf attended and it was Newcastle Emlyn A girls who managed to come out on top by winning five out of their six games.
Tournament 2 – South Carmarthenshire Boys – FULL RESULTS
Futsal Sir Gar, Llanelli. This was to be the biggest tournament of the series with 15 teams entered from all five Llanelli schools, meaning that there were 49 games to get through in three hours!
After some fantastic games in both the year 7 and year 8 sections, it was Bryngwyn who came out on top of the year 7 competition, narrowly edging out Glan y Môr A by one point. The year 8 competition was decided by an even closer margin with St John Lloyd’s A team victorious, finishing ahead of Strade B only on goal difference.
Tournament 3 – North Carmarthenshire Boys – FULL RESULTS
14 teams from 6 schools attended the North Carmarthenshire boys competition and it was another close-fought battle with many of the play-off games going to penalty shoot-outs to decide the winner. It was Bro Dinefwr who were able to upset Dyffryn Aman via the penalty spot after a 2-2 draw in the final of the year 8 competition led to a penalty shoot-out which Dinefwr were able to win 3-1. Meanwhile, it was heartache for Dyffryn Aman’s year 7 team who narrowly lost out to Carmarthen team, QE High School losing 1-0 in the year 7 final.
Tournament 4 – South Carmarthenshire Girls – FULL RESULTS
The final tournament of the series was again held at Llanelli Leisure Centre – utilising the centre’s brand new official Futsal goals. This time it was the girls from four of the Llanelli schools taking part and Bryngwyn dominated the competition as clear winners in both the year 7 and year 8 categories.
Both Bryngwyn teams finished their respective tournaments unbeaten and scored an incredible 59 goals between them, conceding only 4 goals throughout the entire tournament! Much of this success must be attributed to the number of Bryngwyn girls who play club football compared with other schools. However, it was Strade B who managed to finish only two points behind them in the year 8 comp and Coedcae finishing six points behind Bryngwyn in the year 7 competition, showing that neither school should be written off in Round 2 of the series in March 2014.
Round 1 Summary
The first round of the Carmarthenshire Futsal Cup involved 300 girls and boys aged 11 – 13 and was a resounding success. Carmarthenshire schools have really taken to Futsal and judging by the players' and teachers' response to the game, it is only going to grow and get more popular. Most schools are now running Futsal sessions as part of the 5×60 programme. 115 pupils in Strade and 103 Emlyn pupils have participated in Futsal since September, showing the game’s popularity.
Round 2 – March 2014
The next round of the Carmarthenshire Schools Futsal Cup will take place in March 2014 following the same format as the December tournaments – four tournaments for both boys and girls in the north and south of the county.
Following round 2, the top three placed teams in each category will go through to play in a county competition which is pencilled in for March / April. The venue is to be confirmed, but we are exploring the possibility of taking the tournament to the specialist Futsal venue - the Cardiff City House of Sport.
All four tournaments could not have run without the help of local HE students from Trinity Saint David and Coleg Sir Gâr. The 5×60 team would like to extend their thanks to the students and tutors who came along to help with administrating and refereeing the tournaments.
We would also like to thank Welsh Football Trust development officers, Colin Staples and Richard Gunney for their help and advice with this programme and for providing Futsal specific training to 5×60 staff and volunteers.