August - Manor Futsal Club
Manor Futsal Club offers one of only 300 FA Futsal Level 2 coaches in the UK. The club is run immediately after school so pupils don't have to go home and then return later. Manor Futsal is about trying a new team sport but also about making new friends from different peer groups. Pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 come together to play and during the recent schools' matches, they supported and played for each other like best friends.
The club awards Player of the Week, which really motivates participants to do their best. The award is based on attitude, effort and enjoyment. The winner is featured on the club's website where they can show their family and friends.
Futsal is one the fastest growing sports in the world; it is fast and furious with players getting lots of touches of the ball. Participants are always in the game and not just as defenders or forwards, but play everywhere on the court, allowing them to not be pigeon-holed in a position they don't like.
The club is targeted at boys and girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 and coaches stress no futsal knowledge is required. They encourage pupils of all levels and abilities to come and try a brand new sport, with emphasis on enjoyment and friendships.
To help promote the club, coaches set up a goal during lunchtime to get people trying the sport. This helped to engage new people who hadn't responded to posters, social media or word of mouth promotion.
The coaches at Manor Futsal regularly ask the players what they would want from the club, which the participants are really responsive to. On request of the players the coaches set up their first ever futsal matches between three Secondary schools in York. The matches were so well received the club is now setting up a weekly school league. This also brought new interest for the club with older school pupils wanting to try the sport.
Manor Futsal has already expanded to sessions at Huntington School and have been running there since April. Their aim is to run sessions at five secondary schools by the end of 2017. The club was also asked to deliver sessions on Year 7 induction days, where they will showcase the sport to over 60 new pupils.
The club is dedicated to improving each individual's involvement with sport and encourage players to join local football clubs. One player, Lucy-Liu, now regularly plays for York Railway Institute's U13s team and recently came first in their league, all despite the fact she had never playing football a year ago.
With support from coverage by The York Press, the club is communicating with several companies to set up the first Futsal York Schools' League, hopefully to commence in October 2016. The league will aim to attract over 100 pupils from York schools to participate in this brand new venture.