28 June 2012
of the Legislative Council
HORIZONS CLUB - FUTSAL
FINCH - Madam President,
I am going to talk today about futsal. Futsal is an indoor soccer
game endorsed by FIFA. It is said to be one of the world's most
exciting games to watch and play. When I was looking for the
pronunciation and the origin of the name, I got information from both
Portugal and Spain which played off today to go into the final of the
European Soccer Championship. The word 'futsal' is Portuguese for
hall football, or indoor football.
game became big in the 1980s but only became officially termed futsal
when the second world championship was played in Madrid in 1985. I
will come to the reason for my talking about futsal in a moment but I
just want to explain the rules, even if only to help you with Trivial
Pursuit. Futsal is played between two teams, each with five players,
one of whom is the goalkeeper, and unlimited substitutions are
permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football the game is
played on a hard court surface, delineated by lines. Walls and
boards are not used.
is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular
football. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on
improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and
passing in small spaces. I am grateful to Wikipedia for that
has been taken up by a Launceston organisation that is close to my
heart, the New Horizons Club, which organises sporting activities to
allow people with disabilities to compete at their own level,
displaying their own unique skills and abilities. New Horizons has,
since 1986, been promoting the link between people with disabilities
and their hopes and dreams of becoming involved in activities that
most people like us simply take for granted. The club is affiliated
with Paralympics and AUSRAPID, and also Special Olympics, providing
an avenue for our local athletes with disabilities to attain national
standards, state standards and international-standard recognition.
As its manager, Belinda Kitto, says, 'sport and recreation activities
are ideal ways of encouraging community inclusion, of enhancing
friendships and staying healthy and of helping people of all ages and
abilities to strive for and reach their goals'.
sporting activities through New Horizons include athletics, softball,
netball, swimming, tennis, cricket, basketball and now futsal.
Membership is open to anyone over 14 years of age and to families,
including children from age five. Futsal is actually a replacement
for soccer. The interest in that was dwindling.
decision to take sport indoors and involve some young soccer coaches
was immediately successful. Futsal is now one of the club's most
popular activities. About 20 members train once a week. This
weekend just gone Belinda invited Victoria and New South Wales to
send teams, which they did, and under the patronage of the Lord's
Taverners and Paul Sheahan who sponsored the event, it was a huge
success. They had great fun. They came to town over the weekend,
brought three teams from Victoria, three from New South Wales and we
had three teams competing. As well as sport, the club has numerous
social and fundraising events culminating in the Finch's Christmas
picnic every year, which is a great event on December 11 this year.
They train at the Elphin Sports Complex but New Horizons hopes to
have its own futsal facilities when it develops it’s own planned
sports centre. More about that later, so watch this space.
PRESIDENT - Thank you to
the member for Rosevears who came in 30 seconds less than his five
minutes, which is highly unusual.