Moulding future futsal players
Like any other sport, futsal naturally creates a sort of comradeship and a sense of teamwork betweenthe players during the game.
A modified version of football, futsal originated from Uruguay in 1930 with five players playing on each side playing a smaller ball with less bounce than a normal football since unlike football, it is played indoors.
On December 19th, a handful of passionate players under the age of 12 participated in a futsal clinic for age six until 12.
Starting at 9 am, the participants were given a briefing about futsal before conducting a warm up session with the coaches and later were taught all the basic skills and techniques of the sport as they ran back and forth energetically across the futsal court while their coaches instructed them on how to perfect their moves.
Organised by Lee Chia Soon, coach and founder of local futsal club Ltiga Futsal Academy, in collaboration with Mark Lo, a Petronas station dealer at 4th Mile, Penrissen, who sponsored the event, the half-day clinic took place at the petrol station for registration and later at Winner Court in Kuching where the clinic was conducted.
Founded by Lee in 2014, Ltiga is a futsal club which was first started in Siburan for players under 19 and later in Kuching for players under 12 years old. As of now, the club has 12 players in Kuching.
“The futsal clinic was basically organised to provide correct information about futsal and show the kids the right techniques such as how to pass the ball, dribble the ball and shoot. So, for the clinic we have 15 participants with the youngest one only seven years old,” said Lee of the community programme.
Besides creating more awareness of futsal, it also aimed to get more youths involved in the sport.
“For the clinic today I am teaching them the basic skills in futsal like shooting, passing and controlling the ball as well as the rules and regulations of futsal. So basically, we are introducing all the basic things about futsal,” said coach Abang Zairol Abang Abdul Wahab who was one of the five coaches for the clinic.
Originally from Kuching, Abang Zairol Abang Abdul Wahab who is involved in education by profession in Mukah is also a coach for a Mukah-based futsal team, Nafas Nebulae Amateur Futsal Academy of Sarawak for below-12s since 2011. The team has about 20 players.
According to the Vikings Futsal Sarawak (VFS) certified coach, the participants were doing well as they were adapting what they learnt during the clinic.
“A few of them do have futsal backgrounds, and the rest are probably football players, but they can be molded into futsal players. And since they are still young, a lot more can still be improved upon if they are passionate about the sport as it can also help them prepare themselves in terms of skills and techniques if they are to continue playing futsal,” he commented.
A first to be organised by Ltiga, Lee said that the futsal clinic community programme at 4th Mile was specifically organised within the area for the community there so that children can be involved in a community-based programme and also to involve the youth in healthy activities.
“It is a good community-based programme to get youths in this area more involved in sports and healthy activities as the youths these days spend so much time looking at their smartphones,” said Mark.
In future, Lee said that he planned to organise more futsal clinics in other areas to reach out to more youths.
During the futsal clinic, Lee who is a member of Skuad 1Malaysia which is part of AADK (Agensi Antidadah Kebangsaan) also invited them to deliver a talk to participants as well as hold an exhibition.
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