The Hunts School Sports Partnership hosted its first ever Futsal competition for children in Year 3 & 4 on Wednesday 30th November.
Futsal, a Fifa-sanctioned version of five-a-side football, formed from the contraction of futebol de salão (Portguese) and fútbol sala (Spanish) meaning hall football, is an indoor sport, played five against five on a court somewhere between a basketball court and a handball court. The goals are hockey-size, kick-ins are used instead of throw-ins and the ball is smaller, and slightly weighted with a foam filling so that it tends to stay on the ground.
Children from 8 Huntingdonshire primary schools attended One Leisure St Ives Indoor Centre for the afternoon competition and made for a fantastic event. Each team played 4 matches, starting with 3 group games, followed by a placing game against the equivalent placed team from the other group. The format and ball allowed for fast-paced and exciting matches, resulting in plenty of shots and lots of goals!
The group stages were extremely tight with first and second position coming down to goal difference in both groups. The placing games followed suit, with the 3rd place match ending 2-2 between Westfield Junior School and St Helen’s Primary School, and the final finishing 4-4 between Crosshall Junior School and Somersham Primary School
Doug Finlayson, HSSP Partnership Manager and School Games Organiser said, “Congratulations to our joint winners, Crosshall Junior School and Somersham Primary School and a huge thank you to all the schools for making the event a huge success. This is the first year we have run a Futsal event for Year 3/4 and following the feedback throughout the event from the children, staff and parent spectators it will definitely return in 2023-24.
The event was also supported by six sports leaders from St Ivo Academy, who refereed the fixtures exceptionally.”
Crosshall Junior School
Houghton Primary School
Priory Junior School
Somersham Primary School
St Helen’s Primary School
Westfield Junior School
Winhills Primary Academy