Gloucester Futsal Revolution may only be a year 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.
Gloucester City AFC’s Community Officer Jim Hart, who runs 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 Curriculumn, 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.
Gloucester Futsal Revolution was founded by Gloucester City Supporters’ Trust and has also benefited from funding from the Football Foundation and Sport England, as well as Prospect Training, sponsors of Gloucester City AFC’s First Team.
Gloucester City chairman Nigel Hughes said: “We must thank the FCT for granting us this money. IAlthough the first team are still playing outside the city, all our other teams are based in Gloucester and our focus is very much on being part of the community. Gloucester Futsal Revolution has played a big part in helping us do this. In a city where we know there are families of more than 60 different nationalities living side by side it is important that we as a football club are inclusive to everyone who wants to play football.
“As a club we are working hard to increase participation in football in the city and provide opportunities for young people to achieve their footballing potential.”