Gloucester Futsal Revolution may only be a couple of years old but the project, which brings together different communities from within the city, is going from strength to strength.
Now the scheme has been given a further boost with £15,000 funding from the Football Conference Trust.
Former Gloucester City AFC Community Officer Jim Hart, who ran Gloucester Futsal Revolution, said he was delighted to receive the funding from the Football Conference Trust. The FCT is a partnership between between the Football Conference, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
He said: “This is fantastic news for Gloucester Futsal Revolution and will allow us to continue our work to get young people in Gloucester interested in Futsal and football. Our aim is to increase participation in sport – the benefits speak for themselves, it gets the kids interested and it keeps them healthy.
“Whether they are joining in with our fun sessions or part of one of the junior teams we want young people in Gloucester to get involved and become part of the revolution.”
Gloucester City Futsal Revolution first team will be starting the new season in National League Division One, while the youth section continues to thrive with competitive and fun sessions for all ages held at GL1 each Saturday.
New programmes will see Gloucester Futsal Revolution working with Beaufort School with after school coaching sessions and work in classes, linked to the National Curriculum, the sessions started today and will run for 30 weeks. Gloucester Futsal Revolution also took part in the annual Jamaican Kite Festival, held in Gloucester Park with coaching sessions and a tournament.
Jim added: “It is important we have a strong presence in the city and engage with more young people in the City. We are proud to have the backing of the Football Conference, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association and the funding to help us continue our work.
“Our project only started in 2007 and none of this work would exist without Coach Paul Brown’s unceasing energy and dedication to the development of an inner city football product for Gloucester. Thank you Paul.
Futsal Sessions began at GL1 Leisure Centre in 2007. The sessions were a part of the University of Gloucestershire’s Onside Football Programme.
The first session was with a group of 10 young players from the Parry Hall area of Gloucester.
By 2009 the sessions had grown, attracting 35-40 young people on a Thursday and Friday afternoon and also a Thursday night men’s Futsal league.
In 2010 a committee was formed and the name Futsal Club Gloucester adopted. In 2011 The Onside project and Gloucester City Supporters’ Trust announced the launch of Gloucester Football Revolution, the purpose of the partnership is to ‘ revolutionise the way people in Gloucester think about football’.
In 2012 Futsal Club Gloucester rebranded to Gloucester Futsal Revolution and played their first season in the National League. Currently Gloucester Futsal Revolution holds u9s, U12s, u14sand U16 sessions and two adult sessions, every week at GL1 spanning 16 hours of delivery.