To experience proper futsal, we unfortunately have no real option other than to go abroad but it does have its benefits.
FC BARCELONA CLINIC & TOURS
We have already completed one tour of Barcelona and after a couple of difficult years and cancelled tours through covid we are delighted to be heading back to sunny Catalonia during the easter break next April.
The clinic is held at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper where all the FC Barcelona football teams (men and women) and the handball, basketball and futsal teams' train.
The clinic will include the following between the 11th and 13th of April:
The tour is exclusive for Futsal Escocia Academy players; however, we will potentially be partnering The City of Peterborough Futsal for the sessions and if we have sufficient numbers, we can organise our own games.
The price of the clinic is dependent on numbers attending but will not exceed £300 per player.
The clinics are open to players at all levels of ability and is a terrific way to learn about futsal, in particular if we can take in a futsal match.
The date of travel is optional for parents, as is the accommodation, however, we recommend different options. Some parents are making a holiday of the trip and are leaving on the 8th April so they can hopefully take in a Barcelona Futsal match versus Palma Futsal which is scheduled for later that day and the Barcelona v Girona football match that is currently scheduled for the Sunday. Please note that the dates and times of the futsal and football matches have not been confirmed and are subject to change.
We have to confirm our numbers to FC Barcelona later this month. If you wish to register your child, you can do so via the link below:
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We regularly get invites for tournaments, but we have previously found it extremely difficult to work around players football commitments. With 15 players being selected for IFA Scotland and participating in the IFA event at Blanes, Spain in September it has increased the appetite for players to be involved.
In the future we will look to plan and prepare for tournaments abroad and to provide our more advanced players with the opportunity to test themselves against players and teams from all over the world and to develop as futsal players. In my opinion there's no better way of learning.
The tournaments that we will be looking to enter will be in July or over the festive period, so it has the least possible impact on the players football commitments at grassroots or pro academies.
We will also be fully supportive of players putting themselves forward for trials for IFA Scotland events.
We understand that we have players of different levels of ability across our youth teams and we will look to see what is possible to arrange trips and tournaments at intermediate and development level.
The clinics and tournaments are a great opportunity for us to help develop our players not just on the court but in life lessons. The tours help bring players, coaches and families together and create memories that will last a lifetime. It is compulsory for players in primary school to have their parent(s) or guardian(s) with them and parents are also to be present at FCB Clinics where there's a lot of free time outside of sessions. Future tournaments for players aged 13 or above will be optional for parents. This will help reduce travel costs.