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May 23, 2021

Futsal Centre Backs GiveToLocal

Like all community sport clubs across the UK, City of Peterborough Futsal Centre has been forced to close its doors due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

But while this could be cause for serious disappointment, coach Jade Ramm is choosing to remain positive in the face of adversity.

Founded in 2014, the centre is home to more than 250 children who share a common passion for futsal.

And while Jade admits that the last few weeks have been challenging, she is keen to keep spirits high amongst players, parents and coaches.

“It’s been a challenge for everyone involved with the club,” said Jade.

“While we’ve not been able to train together, we have kept the players busy with a number of fun-based futsal challenges in our WhatsApp and Facebook groups.

“We’ve done everything from interactive training sessions through Zoom to creating videos with teammates through TikTok…we’ve even asked the players to cook a healthy dinner but sadly we didn’t get to taste them!”

Since its inception in 2014, the centre has gone from strength to strength - much to Jade’s delight.

The club acts as a hub for kids across Peterborough, with the centre aiming to provide a number of key life skills.

“At the centre we now have more than 250 children - from tots to teenagers - regularly attending our sessions which run seven days a week,” said Jade.

“Or at least we did before the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We aim to provide kids of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to play futsal. It’s a game that’s growing rapidly in popularity.

“Our focus is on the development of individuals to help them become the best players and people they can possibly be.

“Each of our sessions are tailored to suit all of the players involved.

“We also focus on socialisation and inclusion for many of our younger groups as they get used to being a part of a sports club.”

Like community sports clubs across the country, City of Peterborough Futsal Centre faced a raft of day to day challenges even before lockdown took hold.

One of the biggest challenges facing the club is that demand for places outweighs the number of spaces available for sessions.

And while Jade admits that this is a concern she hopes that, once sport resumes, the centre will be able to tackle this particular challenge and deliver futsal to a wider audience.

“We run 21 sessions a week at our base at Hampton Gardens School in Peterborough and, for safety reasons, our capacity is limited to 16 players per session,” added Jade.

“Many of these sessions have a waiting list!

“Before COVID-19, we were in discussions with another secondary school to hopefully add more sessions to our weekly timetable.

“Once life returns to normal we should also be able to operate some league competitions.

“Our aim is also to have an elite squad in all age groups from Under 10 upwards.”

Having found out about GiveToLocal’s #InspiredToGive campaign through social media, City of Peterborough Futsal Centre has thrown itself behind our nationwide initiative.

The club has already reaped the rewards of the impressive number of player-selfie videos they have created after they won £100 in one of GiveToLocal’s recent giveaways.

And Jade credits futsal’s sense of family - in addition to a desire to make a positive difference - as the driving force behind getting involved.

“We got behind GiveToLocal’s #InspiredToGive campaign because we thought it was a fantastic cause and we wanted to support the amazing campaign,” said Jade.

“Whether we received money or not, we just wanted to help. It kept our players and parents busy too!

“We always refer to our players and parents as the ‘futsal family’ and a lot of great friendships have been formed through children attending our sessions.

“Our club, like so many others in all sports, is run by volunteers and relies upon training fees and sponsorships to be able to operate.

“With no training taking place and no income being generated, it is a tough time for us all.

“So we’re very thankful to GiveToLocal for showing such generosity and kindness."