One of the joys of being a student on our Futsal and Education BTEC programmes is the chance to take part in the Football League Trust's Futsal League. All the professional clubs who offer this qualification take part in the league, which is split geographically into eight regional divisions. Our students (male and female) play clubs such as Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Reading and Portsmouth and as well as making new connections and actually competing in a national competition, the students really enjoy themselves.
What's not quite so enjoyable, though, is the early start... Our matches are played in Swindon (and occasionally Birmingham) at the specialist Futsal centres there, which meant that on only their third day with us this week, the lads had to be at St James Park by 7am to go to the League's Welcome Festival, with the girls off to Birmingham the following day.
It makes the minibus journey there nice and quiet though, but by the time the bus arrived in Swindon everyone was buzzing with excitement. "It was great to see the students immediately soaking up the atmosphere and taking real pride in pulling on their Exeter City shirts," said Danny Harris, assistant manager of FITC. "To be representing your club in a national league is a big deal and all the students really responded to it."
We look forward to seeing how the teams get on this year!