Stevenage FC Foundation have entered two teams into the Hertfordshire FA Futsal Fives League at Noble School on a Wednesday night. The County FA approached us last year, and as soon as it was put forward towards a targeted group of Premier League Kicks programme, the uptake was instant.

Futsal Fives Leagues in Hertfordshire was established in 2011 by Hertfordshire FA and now has over 3 competitive Leagues for players aged 16 years and above. This season alongside the league competition Hertfordshire FA have introduced a shield competition into our Stevenage Futsal League that runs out of Nobel School on a Wednesday Night.

Wednesday 7th February saw both of our teams (Reds & Whites) enter the league and come head to head with a narrow 7-5 victory to the Stevenage FC Foundation Reds.  A new experience for some of our players, many of whom had never even kicked a futsal before. Both teams will now continue to battle it out over the next 12 weeks with the support from the Foundation.

Kieron Fox, Football Development Officer at Hertfordshire FA said:

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with Stevenage FC Foundation & their Premier League Kicks programme providing a clear player pathway within their existing programmes & to also help retain young adults to continue playing football or transition them back into the game they fell in love with.

Ozzie Willis, Community Engagement Manager at Stevenage FC Foundation is thrilled with the latest Kicks development:

We've been working working on Premier League Kicks for almost a year now and since September we've engaged with 431 young people across Stevenage and Hatfield. The project has been a huge success and being able to work with Hertfordshire FA to offer an exit route for our young participants into a competitive league is a massive step forward. 

Futsal can offer some much to young players and for some of these kids it is an opportunity to play in a league environment for the first time, against other people from the local community. We're excited to see how they get on and hope it will be a catalyst for more people to get invovled in Kicks and futsal.

If you are interested in joining the Futsal Fives Leagues please contact Hertfordshire FA (Lucy Burdin)

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