Big Futsal Kick Off Preview
With the kick off of the National Futsal League fast approaching, Sheffield Futsal Club have began preparation for the beginning of a new era for the club. Last season perhaps didn’t go as hoped. With the arrival of some new additions, along with the core members of the squad opting to stay on, this season there’s a real buzz around the place. The togetherness within the squad is there for all to see, on and off the court.
Playing a role in the rise of the team spirit is the return of former Sheffield Futsal Club captain, Adam Oldham. Adam, who last wore the red shirt of Sheffield in December 2016, returns in the role of Head Coach. With over 10 years of playing experience, Adam will be looking to pass on his knowledge to his players.
“It’s been an interesting start to life as Head Coach of Sheffield Futsal Club. Since I arrived back at the club, there has been quite a few challenges to overcome. It feels like we are moving in the right direction, and as far as I am concerned this is everyone's first year in their new positions. Myself, Ollie and Thomas coaching as well as playing and the players, playing futsal (for the first time). We will build and learn as a team.”
One of the first tasks for the new Head Coach was to select a club captain, someone who can lead by example and has a passion for the sport and the city of Sheffield. Step forward Jordan Wildey.
We got this following quote from Jordan himself when he was appointed to the role:
“I honestly can not wait for this season to start now. We were disappointing last season and there was a lot of contributing factors towards that. We lost a few players and our coach during the season but we have to look at ourselves as individuals first and foremost and overall the remaining players that were there all the way through did not perform consistently to the standards that this club demands. However, since Adam returned to the club the standards have been raised dramatically and we are all improving every single training session. It was an honour to be given the captaincy for the forthcoming season. To represent Sheffield means a lot to me and to have the role of captaincy is a huge privilege, I am following in some big footsteps so I hope I can do it justice. I know we are being tagged as the underdogs this season and that’s fine, as it will make it all the sweeter when we prove them wrong.”
Players to watch
Jordan Wildey. The skipper. An ever-present last season with highly consistent performances. He has the confidence and the ability to make vital saves at key moments.
Danny Neath. Sheffield’s leading scorer last season, bagging 5 goals on his debut. He will be looking to improve on his tally this time around. Not just renowned for his goal scoring however, he has great vision, can beat a man and has a great work ethic.
Adam Hollingsworth. Adam is a technically gifted player who is good in both offensive and defensive situations. Excellent defensively in a 1 v 1, has great awareness and anticipation and has a great appreciation for space. This will be Adam’s first season with the club.
First up for Sheffield will be a visit to Liverpool on Sunday 16th September. It’s expected to be a competitive clash, with the previous encounter ending in a 3-3 draw, goals coming from Thomas Msadala and a Danny Neath brace.
The first home game of the season is on Sunday 7th October, we will be welcoming Birmingham City University Tigers to Sheffield. 4:30pm kick off, at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Free entry for all spectators.