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UK Futsal Academy

To Develop Future England Futsal Players
To be the number 1 Futsal Development Academy in the UK
To offer a unique combination of play, practice and competition that is designed to help players reach their full potential and to have a representative team in the National Futsal League by 2018

The UK Futsal Academy launched nearly five years ago with two NW Centres in Wigan and Leyland. Our purpose is to develop future England Futsal players and our aim is to have teams in national leagues and tournaments which will showcase our players. We have established pathways and contacts with local, national and international clubs which will help expose our players to a range of playing experiences.

The academy in that time has gone from strength to strength through the hard work of Gaz Elsdon as he has built up the size and quality of each age group. The academy boasts players in most age groups and has recently introduced a girls only session which again, has proved very popular.

The philosophy of the academy is one that puts the development of each player at the centre. Through a whole series of practices and games each player is challenged to understand Futsal to a deeper level but also to find out about themselves and how they react to success, failure, frustration and difficulty. The development of these life skills are just as important for our young players and the UKFA tries to develop these alongside high quality Futsal skills.

In the younger age groups there is an open access approach as we believe that every player can be developed. However, as the players get older and take part in more competitive games and look to take Futsal more seriously then there inevitably has to be some selection of players. It is a fact of life that some players will be more at home on a Futsal court than others but if we have developed a great attitude to adversity and personal disappointment then the hope is that each player who is striving to be selected will have the right attitude and application. If we can get this right then our senior team and the development squad that lies underneath it will be successful and there will be a healthy competition for places.

The game of Futsal is growing very quickly and the UKFA has an enviable development structure that leads to its senior team. If young players want to play Futsal long term as well as their football then the UKFA offers a whole range of opportunities to train and play Futsal. We have a great group of supportive parents and we hope that this relationship will grow as the academy becomes even more established. We look forward to even more success in the future.

    The players will come together on a weekly basis to receive high quality coaching by experienced staff and every four weeks the two UKFA centres will meet to play matches against each other and other Futsal teams in the area.


    We look forward to hearing from you.

    The UKFA



    Gaz Elsdon is an FA licensed football coach and was one of the country’s first qualified Futsal coaches and has been coaching Futsal within his own Fun-Time-Football and Skillwise Sports since 2009. During the day Gaz is a respected PE teacher in Lancashire schools.
    Gaz is a freestyler and was a finalist in the Nike Freestyle Competition in 2003 and has played Street Soccer with some of the best players in Europe.
    Pete Sturgess has worked for the FA since 2005 and is currently the technical lead with the FA for 5-11yr olds and is the head coach for the England Futsal team. As an A license coach and coach educator, Pete is considered an expert nationally and internationally in coaching young people.