September 2019 will see the introduction of Women’s Futsal to the University of Birmingham, thanks to a successful application for the University to become a Women’s Specialist Football and Futsal Hub!
As a ‘Specialist Hub’ the university has been identified as having an outstanding commitment to developing women and girls football, in line with the FA’s target of doubling female participation in the sport and making football the most popular sport among the female gender. This differs from a ‘Performance Hub’, which focuses on the development and recruitment of top-tier players and coaches, rather than increasing widespread participation in the sport.
The project at UoB will aim to use a mixture of Futsal itself and fitness initiatives to encourage female BAME football novices to try a new sport and stick at it through Campus Leagues and JustPlay. The project will also utilise several fantastic societies in the Guild of Students to encourage and promote the Futsal programme.
The 10-week programme will begin at the start of the 2019/20 academic year, and will also incorporate student volunteers to help coach and lead sessions. Six female student volunteers will be required for the project, and do not necessarily have to have any football experience prior, as part of the University’s successful application involves this student workforce group gaining qualifications to enable them to lead the Futsal project through promotion, marketing, organisation and coaching.
Stay tuned to the website and Twitter for more updates on the Futsal programme and how to get involved!