Mervyn Beacom was earlier today unveiled as the Clubs new First Team Head Coach and will officially take up his role on 1st April 2015.
Here he shares his thoughts on Futsal, the Club and the future:
So what have I learned so far? I have learned that Futsal is fast, exciting, tactical game. After 5 years of frustration through a Cumbrian winter wiping out youth football fixtures, Futsal has got to be considered as alternative. Many of the coaching essentials are the same as 11 a side, such as, control, passing, travelling with the ball, creating space, support play and shooting but there are distinct differences. A small playing environment and the speed and frequency of transition from defence to attack mean the tactical and technical elements of the two games differ. All in all this is a great challenge for me as a coach and one which I relish and can’t wait to start next season.
Looking at CFC as a club, I have been extremely impressed. To have only been established since 2012, it already stands as an example to some of the more established counterparts in the Super league. Its foundation is built on community and a productive academy which will soon start producing the Futsal players of the future. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a long way to go, there is a need for major sponsorship, support from other Carlisle sports Clubs, the Cumberland FA and Carlisle Council in the development of our own sporting arena which can host live televised Futsal. This is needed before the Club can compete at the very highest level of Futsal as the game moves closer to a professional league. All of this is part of the clubs development plan and one of the reason why I am excited to be involved.
As part of the transition plan we put in place I have been privileged to have the opportunity to take charge during 2 of the club’s games in the National league this season. This gave me a great insight on the players that I will be working with next year. All of the them are totally dedicated to our cause and their commitment is commendable. We have a strong squad now with the recent signings. They are all technically capable, there are always areas for improvement but there is much potential in the squad.The principles of physical fitness, strong mentality and good technique will be the foundation of my philosophy next season and are essential for the players to maintain and develop. With those foundations in place, we can develop our style of play and our tactical understanding of the game in order to progress to our short term goal of competing in the National Super League.
Finally, I would like to thank all the committee and players of CFC for welcoming me to their club. They have instantly made me feel at ease and speaks volumes for what the club is all about. I look forward to working with all the players from 1st April and will do everything in my power to make CFC a success.