BLUES ACE TAKES UP ROLE WITH CARLISLE FUTSAL
Carlisle Futsal Club have today confirmed that current Carlisle United Football Club left back Danny Grainger has taken up a role with the club as an official club ambassador.
[one_half]The former Gretna, Dundee United, St.Johnstone and Hearts ace will take up a role that will help promote the Clubs activities and push it onto the next level in 2015. As a local lad Danny has a passion for grassroots football in the area, carrying out community duties for Carlisle United and also in his spare time. His reputation for absolute professionalism, recognised by his employers at Carlisle United through his appointment as stand in Captain whilst Paul Thirwell was injured, goes hand in hand with Carlisle Futsal Clubs philosophy making this the perfect partnership.[/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last]
Grainger recognises the hard work Carlisle Futsal Club put in locally to raise the profile of Futsal as a sport in its own right and wants to support the Club in its efforts to grow and be the best in the Country. The appointment sees Grainger become the club’s second ambassador, joining current England Futsal National team goalkeeper coach Tony Elliott.
A club statement read: ‘One of the steps in our development plan is to recruit the most talented players from Cumbria and the surrounding areas. There are existing barriers to attracting the top players, many see Futsal as just another name for traditional English 5-a-side, as just a recreational form of Football, but it really couldn’t be more different. There’s a full player pathway and National league structure in place where the winners qualify for the UEFA Futsal Cup. There are professional players already here in England and there’s a National team. Our biggest challenge to date has been making people aware of this. Danny’s appointment will help attract attention so we can get our messages out to the community and make them aware of the opportunities available.’
Head Coach Al Tindall commented ‘It’s been tough creating a Club that competes at elite levels when few people know anything about the Sport. The first thing we have to teach lads when they try Futsal is to forget everything they know about Football. The physiological, psychological and tactical requirements of the two sports couldn’t be more different. There is obviously some technical crossover between the two but its quality in decision making that really makes a top Futsal player. Having Danny’s name to promote the sport will hopefully remove this barrier and open the door for us to speak to the players we need to so that we can put this Club on the map and compete with the top 6 teams in the Country, our ambition is to be the best. We have the off court structure in place we now need to deliver on court.’
The Club will offer Danny opportunities to coach in its Futsal Academy, gaining experience which will count as professional development hours towards coaching badges. Dannys name in promoting our community activities to get more people active and participating in Sport will also be a huge boost.
The Clubs next home game is February 1st at the Sands Centre in Carlisle versus Nottingham, tickets will be available from the middle of January priced at £3.90. You can follow Carlisle Futsal Club on facebook and twitter @carlislefutsal for up to date info.