From 2017/2018 season the decision was made to reorganise the FA National Futsal Super League and create a Futsal Super League that will merge teams from the North and South of England into one league. Reading Escolla, based in Wycombe, has been confirmed as one of only 12 Futsal clubs to take part in this top tier of English Futsal. As a result of the restructure additional regional leagues have been also created, with both Reading Royal Futsal Club and Aylesbury Futsal Club successfully applying to enter the FA National Futsal League.
All three clubs were delighted with the news, and the potential impact this may have for Futsal in the local area. Reading Escolla Chairman Eduard Zhalovaga, stated; “Reading Escolla Futsal Club is delighted to be accepted by the FA into the FA Futsal Super League for the 2017/2018 season.
Reading Escolla embraces this exciting and important opportunity to continue the club development to achieving our long-term strategic goals and aspirations to become the best futsal club in the country providing a pathway for our futsal academy graduates to play in the top English division, as well as developing English futsal players for England National Futsal Team.
As well we would like to support the decisions made by the FA and League management committee in initiating the reorganization of the league and making a single top division. We are confident that through these steps individual clubs and the league will become more competitive and this will help the clubs in their development.
We are looking forward to the new season and hope to see new faces at our home games at Wycombe Leisure Centre.”
Fernando Silva Chairman of Reading Royals, was equally delighted by the news; “We are very pleased to have been accepted to play in the National Futsal League next season, as league status is an important part of making the club sustainable; helping raise the profile of the club and attracting new players of all ages.
Obtaining league status was one of our primary aims of our Development Plan, which also prioritised creating a Ladies futsal team, a girls U14s team as well as bridging the gap between youth and adult levels with an U19 squad for the men. We are working to have these teams in place for September 2017 as well as strengthening the number of players in our existing youth teams [from U8s through to U18s].
Reading Royals are a club that is so much more than the adult team that will play in the National Futsal League; it is a club dedicated to promoting futsal for all abilities and all ages in the Reading and the surrounding areas.
As we say at the club; Vamos! Let’s Go!”
Finally, Andre Domingues of Aylesbury Futsal Club commented; “The club has always had ambitions from the start to become a National League team and represent Aylesbury. The club has already set up development teams, for players aged 14-19, who are currently training and expanding the knowledge of Futsal and who we hope will feed into the adult's team in the near future.
The beginning of July will see another big step being made in the Club history as the Aylesbury Futsal Club - Youth Academy will start operate then with the help of knowledge and FA qualified coaches but also with some players.
The 2017/2018 season will be very exciting for the Club with the new projects and plans being delivered which will help for the growth of the Club, sport and community in Buckinghamshire area."
In conjunction with the development of these clubs, there are plans to develop additional events and leagues to continue to provide individuals and teams the opportunity to experience Futsal. For more information on Futsal, or for how to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01235 544898.