Copley crowned champions at Futsal tournament

Halifax manager Neil Aspin with the winning team from Copley Primary School
Halifax manager Neil Aspin with the winning team from Copley Primary School

Copley Primary School were crowned champions at the inaugural Adam Heslop Schools Cup at North Bridge Leisure Centre.

The Futsal tournament, which was organised by FC Halifax Town, saw 80 pupils from 10 local schools took part in what the club are hoping will become an annual event.

Manager Neil Aspin, director Bobby Ham and players Elliott Whitehouse and Sam Walker were in attendance at the competition.

It was named in honour of devoted Town fan Adam Heslop, who has a muscular condition called Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome and is a regular at home and away games.

Steve Nichol, head of youth development at FC Halifax Town, said: “We’ve also done a coaching session in each of the schools across the whole year group, so there’s about 500 plus children who’ve benefitted from the tournament.

“The aim of the tournament is to grow the community side of the club and also make more people aware of first-team games and hopefully get more fans into the ground.

“But you’re also introducing children to football and physical exercise and there are lots of social benefits of that.”

The club have been delivering futsal coaching to children aged 9-11-years-old and the event was culmination of that coaching programme.

Nichol added: “I’m a big believer in Futsal as a sport, it’s a bit different and the reaction has been great.

“They seem to have really enjoyed the coaching sessions we put on and the games were played in a friendly spirit.

“The children are able to be expressive, get lots of touches. You get about 200 per cent more touches in Futsal than normal five or seven-a-side.

“You only have to look at the Spanish and South American players and how comfortable they are on the ball, particularly under pressure, and that is lacking in this country.

“The children took to the game well and there’s been some good skills on show.”