With the PM's announcement yesterday and with vaccines appearing to be working we are eventually starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and a return to normality. Unfortunately the Scottish route map out of lockdown is not as clear but it does appear that we will be able to run non contact sessions for all our age groups from the 15th of March and we will start planning sessions and look to confirm venues for around those dates. We will also look at mini camps for over the Easter break and at the start of April, although if restrictions remain as non contact we are unlikely to run camps for longer than 90 minutes a day.
The 15th of March is almost a year since we first went into lockdown and I don't think that any of us could of imagined that we would still be in a similar situation one year on. With sessions returning in the summer and getting back indoors for sessions and winter leagues in November and December we thought that we had been through the worst of it but I have to say that the last couple of months have been far more challenging, both on a personal and business level. I know many of our players, coaches and parents feel the same.
In life and in particular during difficult times you have choices to make and from the start of lockdown I wanted to ensure that Futsal Escocia (Academy/Teams/Leagues) came back stronger than ever before.
In the last year we have developed a new app and website, employed a Media Officer, developed E-Learning Courses and purchased 3 Veo cameras to ensure that our players, parents, coaches and teams have the best experience of futsal possible. None of this would have been possible without the fantastic support of our parents and I thank you for that.
Futsal is an incredible sport with massive benefits for aspiring footballers, however, it should also be recognised as a sport in it's own right and our next aim is to increase the growth and understanding of the game, both regionally and nationally. We want to see futsal in primary and secondary schools and we want to see those with a passion for futsal to have greater opportunities in the game. We can't say too much at the moment but if our plans materialise, this will undoubtedly happen and be of great benefit to the children of Fife.
I know the update from the First Minister was not what we wanted to hear but there are positives to take from it. We will continue to do all we can to support the development of all our players and the growth of this wonderful game.
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