We are delighted to be able to announce and welcome Neil Dickinson (32), Ste Cairns (42) and Louis Sproatt (15) to the Club in new academy coaching roles.
In the winter of 2015 we announced a restructure of the Club which would see a shift away from our delivery of open age Futsal to a focus on developing the youth academy section of the Club.
Our academy growth plans are directly linked to our ability to be able to recruit and retain the very best volunteers into key roles so that we can begin to offer Futsal playing opportunities to as many people as possible.
All three coaches have been with the Club for the past few months assisting in academy sessions and gaining an understanding of Futsal basics and how the Club operates.
Neil Dickinson, an authorised firearms officer with CNC, is really looking forward to influencing the development of young players.
‘I’ve not coached previously so was delighted to be asked to help out in the training sessions. I’ve really enjoyed it, Ive been working with the U6 and U7 groups, they have loads of personality and enthusiasm, its really rewarding seeing them improve each week. Futsal is relatively new to me but I can see the fit between Futsal and Football. We need to build a better youth system in this country for Football, there is so much talent that goes to waste in the late teenage years. Futsal offers an alternative path for those players who drop out of Football. I hope I can be part of creating that pathway for them in years to come.’
And Ste Cairns, who is an admin officer in his day job says a big part of his reason for joining was down to the professionalism of the Club.
‘My son started playing Futsal back in early 2015 and from day one it was obvious what a professional and well run setup Carlisle Futsal Club has, with the academy at the heart of the Club and with the intention of creating the next generation of talent I jumped at the chance to be part of it. I would not hesitate in recommending the Club to any parent or coach.’
Chairman Al Tindall explained that finding the right people is key to the Clubs long term growth ambitions and that its not always an easy task.
‘We have to be selective in our recruitment of volunteers, they ultimately define our Club and its culture so we need to make sure they have the right personality, they have to be excellent communicators and above all else willing to learn and embrace Futsal as a sport. As a Club we put pressure on ourselves because we set the very highest standards when it comes to developing our players and we wont compromise on any element of that. In recruiting Neil, Ste and Louis we have found 3 people that tick all of the boxes. The plan for them now is to spend 6 months, or more if needed, gaining experience so that they can eventually launch or take over a team as head coach. This has been our plan for growth since the relaunch and even though we have a waiting list of over 90 children across all age groups we wont rush these coaches through just to meet the demand. We are very lucky to have them and on behalf of all of the coaches and players I would like to welcome them to the Carlisle Futsal Club family.’
The Clubs Academy coaching team now consists of Jon Reay, Darren Gaffney, Robbie Elliott, Al Tindall, Ste Dorans, Neil Dickinson, Louis Sproatt, Ste Cairns and trainee Karl Skelton working across our u6, u7, u10 and u12 age groups. If you are interested in joining the coaching team please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Al Tindall 07894799509.
What’s Futsal? Have a quick watch of this Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Finland.