The ever more popular game of Futsal will delve further into the NDSL ranks this coming season with the Under-7's getting their first taste of the action if the proposed Futsal module goes ahaead.
The NDSL's, Yvonne Cooper, explained more. "In an effort to keep children playing football and enhancing their development skills, the NDSL is incorporating a futsal module throughout the winter months into the Under-7's section. This will ensure that the weather will not impact on their game as so often is the case".
Certainly, the great thing about the module is that kids will be playing more football and not have the weather stopping them from playing week after week, therefore forgetting coaching from previous weeks slowing down their development and understanding of the game.
The under-7's will begin their season programme this coming Saturday (Sept 11th) on the grass and that will run through until November 6th, which is when the futsal module will begin in Gormonston College.
This module will then continue right through until the end of January, when the stars of the future return to action back on the grass to put their new founds skills to the test.
Yvonne also added, "We are intending to hold an introductory meeting for all managers/club secretaries in early October, to fully brief them on this initative and will follow up with a practical demonstration prior to the commencement of the module. We held a smaller module last year in conjunction with the FAI Last year and that proved to be a tremendous success. The hope is to continue that success on a larger scale this year."
Full details will be sent directly to clubs, as well as appearing in the NDSL website and right here in the Evening Herald.
Insaka link up with Glens for an All-Ireland flavour
There are numerous known link-ups between clubs and leagues all over the country, just look at our own here in the NDSL with Sporting Fingal, however one that may not be well known but certainly just as important as any other is NDSL club, Insaka Ireland's link with Irish League club, Glentoran.
And yesterday in Malahide saw Insaka have their new kit thanks to the Glens from up North but neither Insaka nor Glentoran are clubs just with an All-Ireland flavour.
The Glens have Insaka as their southern link but they also have an academy in Ghana but Insaka also have an African link in their coach James Igwilo.
Insaka's Ken McCue explained more, "Well we are trying play some African flavoured football and James Igwilo is helping that. James is an Ambassador for Dublin City, which a lot of people probably don't know is the European Capital for Sport."
Igwilo also has plenty of footballing experience to bring to the table as he has played in Germany in the Bundesliga and that footballing knowledge is sure to lead the Insaka U-18's to great success this year.
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