Thailand already enjoying the benefits of hosting the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup
FIFA’s ‘Grassroots’ programme, however, is at the forefront of the world governing body’s development efforts. The mission is simple: to get as many people as possible involved in the game, instilling human values, and above all, bringing enjoyment to all, simply by letting them take part.
On Saturday, in front of the Huamark Indoor Stadium – one of the four FIFA Futsal World Cup 2012 venues, in Bangkok – 600 children from across the Thai capital came together at the culmination of a three-day seminar.
Under the tutelage of FIFA Development’s Marco Schüepp and FIFA Instructors Sam Schweingruber and Vai-Chung Tsang, boys and girls aged 6-12 took part in a day-long Futsal festival. The organisation of the day was undertaken by Thai coaches, putting into practice what they had learnt during the previous 48 hours.
What could have been organised chaos with so many excited children, however, ran like clockwork across five pitches. Two of the pitches were made of a special matting in the distinctive Futsal colours of red and blue, provided by FIFA. These will be utilised in the North-Eastern province of Korat for a similar event next month, and then handed over to the FA of Thailand to utilise for other grassroots events this year, and beyond.
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