Hartlepool United and Mansfield Town were crowned champions of the girls and boys Kinder+Sport Futsal Cup last week, after an exciting grand final at Derby Arena.
Thousands of Year 10 and 11 students battled it out during the local competition part of the tournament to reach the regional finals stage, this took place over eight venues with the winners of the boys and girls tournaments qualifying for a place at the grand final.
Here’s some highlights of the day:
Futsal, the world’s fastest growing indoor sport, showcases close ball skills, increased touches, quick decision making, creativity and tactical nous. Some of the world’s leading football stars, such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, honed their ball skills with futsal. The free flowing game has witnessed significant growth throughout England and Wales over recent years, as a sport in its own right, and as a fundamental part of football development.
The aim of Ferrero’s global Kinder + Sport project is to increase levels of physical activity among young generations around the world. The Kinder + Sport Futsal Cup builds on the success of last year’s Kinder + Sport Kids Cup for under 11s and Kinder + Sport Girls Cup for under 13s, also delivered by Ferrero and the EFL Trust.