Two young teams of local soccer stars are hard in training in preparation for next month’s National Futsal Championships in Canberra.
Also known as indoor soccer, futsal is a sport rapidly growing in popularity in many areas, and here on the Coast is no exception.
Ian Davies, team manager and tour organiser for the national tournament, said more than 52 junior teams featuring more than 350 children competed in local rosters.
An under-12 and an under-13 team, made up of players from the eastern end of the Coast, will represent Tasmania at the national titles.
Davies said the tournament was run by Football Federation Australia, and would be played at venues in and around Canberra.
“FFA scouts come and watch over the games, and it’s a highly sought-after competition,” he said.
“We had a select process for the team, and we train two nights a week on Tuesday and Thursday – and they also play on Friday nights.”
Davies said the teams were not heading to the mainland with any specific expectations in mind.
“We are going over there for the experience, to have a good time and to enjoy ourselves,” he said.
“We are looking forward to competing at the highest level in Australia and we are hopeful we can be very competitive.”
Davies said a number of fund- raisers had been held in order for the teams to be able to travel to Canberra, including a recent trivia night.
Davies also thanked those who had made donations to the trip, including Sanjay Mali, from Shree Family Dental Care, and the Devonport City Council.
He also thanked East Devonport Primary School for the use of its school gym as a training facility.
The championships run from Monday, January 13, until Friday, January 17.