Love football and considering a college course?
Here's a chance to turn your GCSEs into goals and gain a BTEC while playing Futsal for your local professional club in The Football League Trust Futsal League.
The Football League Trust Education and Futsal programme (FLT Futsal) is set to feature on Sky Sports' Soccer AM throughout the season, as they go behind the scenes with the students and present highlights from a new 2013/14 cup competition, which kicks off September 25th.
Rob Wakeling, Soccer AM's Executive Producer, said: "The skills and tricks involved in Futsal are a perfect fit for Soccer AM. The tournament is set to be an exciting addition to the show this season."
The two-year scholarship offers 16 to 18-year-olds the chance to find passes on and off the pitch at Football League clubs across the country, as they learn, train, play and work:
Learn: Study towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (worth up to three A-Levels)
Train: Regular Futsal coaching to develop technical, tactical and physical ability
Play: Represent your local professional club in The Football League Trust Futsal League
Work: Open the door to University courses and careers in the sports industry
If you have four A-C GCSEs including English and Maths or a BTEC Level 2, then you are eligible for this pioneering educational experience. Those who just missed out on the grades will still be considered. If you have already enrolled on a college course, it's not too late to switch to FLT Futsal either.
Discover which famous clubs offer FLT Futsal, and apply by clicking here
FLT Futsal Manager, John Relish, said: "It's an exciting educational programme, with a real energy. If you have a passion for football and a desire to progress to university or work in sport, but don't think a regular college course is for you, then FLT Futsal is the perfect solution. The online platform offers paperless learning at the club, allowing students to escape the mundane classroom.
If you love playing football, then you'll love playing Futsal. It's not every day you get to represent a pro club, and what's more you might grab a goal on TV this season."
You can see an example of the programme in action at Exeter City by clicking here
What is Futsal?
The world's fastest growing indoor sport, which showcases close ball skills, increased touches, quick decision making, creativity and tactical nous. The five-a-side game using hockey size goals and a heavier size four ball with 30% less bounce is the only officially recognised form of indoor football accepted by UEFA and FIFA.
Discover more about FIFA Futsal Rules by clicking here
Set to become a future Olympic Sport, the free-flowing game was played by football stars as juniors, including Zidane, Xavi, Messi, Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo, who stated: "Futsal will always be my first love."
Football League Trust Futsal League
As the students advance academically, The FL Trust Futsal League ensures they develop athletically, too. Clubs compete in regional divisions every Wednesday, between September and June, producing derby clashes every bit as passionate as their 11-aside counterparts. From Wolves versus West Brom in the Black Country battle, to Southampton versus Portsmouth on the South Coast.
Click here to view the Group 2 highlights from the FLTFL League 1 National Finals
Fixtures are played in @Futsal
's state-of-the-art arenas across the country, including Birmingham - Europe's largest Futsal venue - which plays host to the National Finals. Regional champions and high finishers qualify for the July event.
Last season saw debutants Leeds United crowned League 1 National Champions, as they defeated 2012 winners Reading in the Final - click here to see how the Whites triumphed.
The Yorkshire youngsters will be the team to beat in the league and new cup competition, set for Saturday morning TV screens. A sensational FLT Futsal season beckons, with over 50 Football League and Premier League clubs, including Chelsea preparing for the 2013/14 campaign.
FLT Futsal is proving a driving force in the game's UK growth, as a foundation for players to go further. Future stars continue to emerge, with many players catching the England scouts' eyes. Frequent call-ups to England development squads are a testament to the programme's production of talent.
If you still need convincing, come and check out the FLT Futsal Launch Festival - a friendly warm-up competition to celebrate the new season's arrival. The action will take place on Wednesday September 11th across three venues; @Futsal Leeds, @Futsal Birmingham and @Futsal Swindon.
Don't miss out...
Be part of the Futsal Future!
There are limited places available for this unlimited experience.
Find out which clubs offer FLT Futsal and apply by clicking here
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