Adam Heslop Cup for primary school teams is back

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The final of a futsal tournament for primary schools in Halifax will take place at North Bridge Leisure Centre on June 29.

The Adam Heslop Cup, named after dedicated Town fan Adam, is open to primary schools, specifically boys and girls in the year 6 age group and provides the opportunity for budding football stars to play the exciting game of Futsal, a fast moving 5-a-side game of South American origin.

Played on a hard, basketball-court sized pitch, using a smaller (size 3), weighted and specially designed ball. Futsal is cited by many football legends including Cristiano Ronaldo as being the game that made them the players they are today.

Steve Nichol, head of youth, junior and community football development, who has helped organise thee tournament, said: “The project is being supported with a grant awarded by The National League Trust alongside FC Halifax Town. We hope to build on the success of last year’s event where Copley Primary School were crowned winners for the second year running and the event was attended by FC Halifax Town first team players and manager, Billy Heath.

“I’m a firm believer in the sport of Futsal and its properties as a development tool for young players and this event is a good opportunity to develop the game in the area and offer something a little different. It is an ideal game for schools, it is highly effective for children aged 5-16 years old and is best played on surfaces such as a school hall, gym or tarmac playgrounds. The design of the ball is such that it has a reduced rebound thus encouraging the development of close control and passing, where individual skill and creativity is maximised.”

Schools can register their interest by contacting Nick Walker on community@fchalifaxtown.com or 07538 032 592. Entry is free but places limited to a maximum of 12 schools. As well as participation in the tournament all schools who enter will receive a free coaching session to introduce pupils to the game.