Halton Street Soccer and Futsal CIC
Halton Street Soccer and Futsal CIC is an official ISSA licensed deliverer. Having started our license agreement in August 2013, we set out to try and convince people to try something different in terms of football provision. Previously there was very little street soccer and futsal played in the area. I set out to change that by gaining the highest certificate in Futsal coaching available with the FA, the level one, which I was awarded at St.Georges Park in 2013. In terms of Futsal I have also been lucky enough to enjoy a Futsal masterclass seminar with top Brazilian coach Kaka ( manager of Russian pro club Gazprom Ugra ) and Neto, Brazilian International Futsal player ( player of the 2012 World Futsal Championship, scoring the winner in the final against Spain ).
With pivotal support from the ISSA ( I’m level 2 street soccer qualified ) I have set about changing the culture of football in the Halton, Warrington, Merseyside and Cheshire areas. I have ran successful street soccer coaching sessions with many local players over the last year or so, culminating in our first street soccer camp in February 2014 which was a great success. Future soccer camps are planned as well as an official “Achieving Dreams” programme in Spring 2014.
I have ran street soccer events for a number of partners ranging from the FA, youth groups like Catch22 and Active Futures, Halton Sports Development, Brio Leisure and local schools. I have also ran event days in colleges and high schools in Cheshire and as far as Staffordshire.
This year is most exciting as we are running the football side of things for the Brasilica festival in Liverpool. Brasilica is an annual carnival, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country and from Europe. This year, year of the FIFA Brazil World Cup, the organisers have approached us to help run a street soccer tournament. Details are being finalised all the time, but we have one weekend of qualifiers already organised. On may 17 and May 18, we are running 3v3 street soccer festivals in Merseyside and Cheshire and through our licensee agreement have been lucky enough to have Alessandro Marchese and Yassine Adberrahim from the Freestyle Akkademy over from Belgium to enhance the event. Details for a second qualifying weekend in June are nearing completion. The 4 events will see players from ages 7 -18 compete in 3 different age categories and the top 4 in each age group at each qualifier will battle it out in July, in Liverpool city centre, as part of the Brasilica festival.