Pirates all aboard futsal adventure (St George & Sutherland Shire Leader)

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FORMER St George Football Club star Dez Marton is bringing his expertise to the future stars of the game.

Marton is the director of Botany Bay Pirates Futsal Club which, through its St George junior futsal leagues, is enabling junior and youth players and more adults the chance to enjoy physical activity.

“Futsal is like a cauldron for learning where everything is heightened and accelerated due to the fast-flowing and non-stop nature of the game,” Marton said.

Skills learned in futsal can improve all players in both indoors game outdoors.

“The obvious benefits are lots of touches as there are fewer players. The ball is easier to control as it’s slightly heavier with less bounce than a normal ball,” Marton said.

“You develop one-versus-one skills in tight areas. Fast decision-making is needed, as the ball has to be passed back into the pitch within four seconds if it leaves the field of play.

“It’s good for goalkeepers’ reaction skills. It’s tactically like a condensed game of 11 versus 11.”

Hugo Soler, 6, who plays at Rockdale City Suns, said he looks forward to futsal.

“I love playing futsal; I think everyone should play it,” Hugo said.
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Competitions under-sixes to under-11s is from August 30 to December 20.

Registration for those age groups at 11am, Saturday, August 9, for under 6s to under 11s, at Robyn Webster Sports Centre, Tempe Reserve.

Get a registration form at http://botanybaypirates.com or contact

Dez Marton on 0419 012 002.