The Gloucester Futsal Revolution senior team have just one game left this season and the squad are busy juggling work and exams with their final training sessions.\r\n\r\nMade up of a mixture of local players and students from the University of Gloucestershire, the team has enjoyed a strong season and will now face Newbury in their final game, which is set to take place on June 3 at Swindon Futsal Arena.\r\n\r\nCoach, and Gloucester City AFC Community Officer Jim Hart, hailed his team’s performance this season.\r\n\r\nHe said: “We’ve all learned a lot this year and it’s been great. The lads have done well and we are still feeling positive about the one game we’ve got left.\r\n\r\n”The link between the futsal team and the other Gloucester City football teams is something which we hope to build on. When we played Reading in the recent tournament at GL1 they had a player from Marseille. It turned out he was on loan to Reading FC but because their futsal and football teams are integrated he was playing for both.\r\n\r\n”We already have players from the Gloucester City youth football teams who are playing futsal too and we are looking to work more closely with the Development Squad in the future.”\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe squad is made up of Dan Welch, Phil Veal, Alex Cheal, Nathan Adams, Curtley Browne, Kyle Kennedy, Andy Smith, Andy Lewis, Adam Dunsford, Tom Mundy, Charlie Hawkins and Gary McLean.\r\n\r\nAlex, a former coach of the University of Gloucestershire Futsal team now playing for Gloucester Futsal Revolution, says the project is unique and has many benefits for the squad’s local and student players.\r\n\r\nHe explained: “It’s a brilliant scheme, it gives students an exit route from playing uni futsal into the national leagues. There is nothing like this anywhere else locally. I used to play for Hereford but I think here the link between the uni and the local talent is important.\r\n\r\n”Now the University of Gloucestershire football teams are running again I hope we can link up with them but it is equally important to have the local boys in the team.”\r\n\r\nAlex’s teammate and Gloucester Futsal Revolution captain Phil says the mix of students and local players in the squad provided the ideal mix.\r\n\r\nHe said: “We’ve done very well in our first year. We really picked it up in the middle of the season and now we’ve got one game left, our play off game. If we get promotion it will be great for us and great for Jim for all the work he’s put in.\r\n\r\n”We will be really going for it and hopefully will build on it next season.”\r\n\r\nPhil, 18, who is a student studying at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus explained why he prefers futsal.\r\n\r\n”It’s more technical than football,” he said. “You get a lot more of the ball and I find it more enjoyable, its a lot quicker than football.”\r\n\r\nAnyone interested in trying out for Gloucester Futsal Revolution or getting involved in futsal in Gloucester can call Jim on 07557916694 or email [email protected]
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