BUCS Bronze For Team Derby Futsal
Date posted: 16 March 2012
You may not have heard much about it - but futsal is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. And the University's Team Derby Futsal Club recently won the bronze medal at the British University College Sport (BUCS) Championships in their inaugural season.
Futsal is the indoor version of football officially sanctioned by FIFA. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the field is delimited by lines, not nets or boards, which the ball may be played off.
The University of Derby Athletics Union Futsal Manager, Matt Hardy's, passion for the sport over the past 12 months has provided Team Derby with the foundations for its bright future.
Matt, who is currently in the third year of a BA (Hons) Journalism degree said:"It was very difficult at the start of the year with no-one at the University really knowing what futsal was. I can remember spending the first few games explaining the rules to some of the boys, so our expectations over the season were never too high."
The futsal manager went onto admit that it was hard finding enough players to play for the team initially with students having little experience of the sport.
"To begin with we used players from small sided leagues but as popularity increased so did the number of players. We were fortunate to obtain some very skilful players from the men's football team."
Despite only starting the futsal club in September the players involved picked up positive results throughout the season against other universities in the Midlands 1A Division. Their second place finish saw the team qualify for the BUCS Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
"The venue was unbelievable," added Matt. "To see so many people in one place from other universities just for futsal was special. The tournament ran really well, the organisers deserve real credit".
Hardy also met Team GB athletes at the Sheffield venue who were in training for the 2012 Olympics.
During the competition, two wins and a defeat was enough to see Team Derby progress to the third place play off where they faced Loughborough seconds. Goals from Mark Farthing and Oliver Salami saw Derby win the game 4-2 and secure a bronze medal in their first BUCS Futsal Championships.
On winning bronze, Hardy spoke of his and the team's reaction: "It's no less than the boys deserve. Everyone's been first class all season so to achieve bronze is a fantastic achievement.
"It does feel a little strange because we're all disappointed that we haven't gone further and perhaps taken silver or gold but there's lots to build on for next year".
Team Derby Futsal Club also run a team for non students. Training takes place on Sunday Evenings from 6-8pm. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit For more information visit website www.teamderby.com
Article supplied by Team Derby Sports Participation Officer, Alex Molloy.