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FEATURE: Doncaster Rovers Futsal Club - part two

L-r are Kip Harris, 17, Lewis Richardson, 16, in action during training at Doncaster College for the Deaf.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2542LM

L-r are Kip Harris, 17, Lewis Richardson, 16, in action during training at Doncaster College for the Deaf. Picture: Liz Mockler D2542LM

ROVERS captain Thomas Hogg says futsal will develop a new generation of players with ‘unbelievable tekkers’.

But the teenager admits England have got some serious catching up to do with the game’s pioneers first.

Hogg plays in goal for Rovers - but goalkeepers are free to roam outfield in futsal.

And the Cantley teenager has already noticed a big improvement in his technique, just a month into the new course.

“I’ve never been really good at ball skills and close control because I play in goal,” said 17-year-old Hogg.

“But after playing futsal for a few weeks I can already see a dramatic improvement on the ball.

“The pace the game is played at means your awareness of space really improves.

“It helps the technical side of the game more than anything else, which is important in the modern game.”

“Futsal is an up and coming sport,” he added.

“It’s gone massive in other countries and I expect the same to happen over here.

“We’re a bit behind other countries, like Spain for instance.

“Players over here aren’t famous for being the most technically gifted players - but futsal will help change that.

“Younger kids will really see the benefit of playing futsal.”

 

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