On Thursday 6th July 2017 the Heworth Grange Futsal Academy staged a 12 hour non-stop match with the intention of raising funds for futsal related projects in 2017-18 and also to raise the awareness of the sport and the sixth form program within the school and local community.
The academy students (Jack Burns, Jack Walker, Drew Hodgson, Chris Pearson, Sam Macdonald, Adam Wilson, Kyle Smith, Scott Hall, Kodey Smith, David Swaddle and Kieran Brown) met in the post 16 centre for a team breakfast at 8:00am before the big kick off at 9:00am.
The match format saw new players arrive every hour to play for the blue team or the pink team with the scoreboard running from 9:00am until the final whistle at 9:00pm. The match kicked off with year 7 students playing with lots of energy and enthusiasm, and this continued throughout the morning with year 8 and 9 pupils participating and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The afternoon started with the year 10 boys playing some terrific stuff and scoring a number of goals that were fit to grace any highlight reel. A number of pupils who had already played during lesson time came back after school for another hour of play and then also stuck around to watch the sixth form play the staff at 4:00pm. The staff showed their experience and spirit to comeback to and draw the hour against the students thanks to some creative forward play from Mr. Mullen and some fine goalkeeping from Mr. Waggott.
The evening session started with the pink team only two goals ahead as we welcomed back a number of ex-pupils to Heworth Grange for a friendly hour of play. At 6:00pm juniors from Wallsend Boys Club U11 (Girls) and Pumas Futsal Club took part for an hour as we started to engage the local football and futsal community in our game. The youth players were fantastic and a real credit to their coaches, clubs and parents.
At 7:00pm Gateshead Futsal Club and Pumas Futsal Club Ladies were on court and remarkably the overall score line was still close going into the final hour of play. At 8:00pm Pumas Futsal Club men, Durham Futsal Club and Heworth Grange Academy were all on court as the pink team finally pulled away from the blue team to win 216-201.
Throughout the day 180 different players were involved and a total of 417 goals scored in the process. There was a real mix of players involved including pupils, staff, ex-pupils, youth players, men, women, national league players and even two England U19 internationals. We raised a substantial amount of money which will be re-invested into the school futsal program for 2017-18 and we also showcased the fantastic sport of futsal.
The sixth form students made an incredible effort not only when they were on court playing but also when they were off court refereeing, scorekeeping, supporting and welcoming players and parents. The sixth form players averaged around five hours each of playing time and despite a few sore legs and blisters really enjoyed the occasion.
It would not have been possible to stage the event without the support of a number of local businesses who sponsored our event. A massive thank you goes out to our sponsors:
Palintest: Water Analysis Technologies that help to improve lives and protect the environment.
Kick Golf UK: Essentially footgolf with moveable features that allows a course to be set up in a variety of places.
The Education Network: Supporting schools across the UK with community link partnership and sponsorship for a wide variety of events/sports Education Recruiters.
Get Fit: Gym and Physical Fitness centre based in Swalwell, Gateshead.
Fast Feet Football Academy: Football academy welcoming beginners to experienced youth players for ages 3-16.
Shape Performance: Provider of services for school PE, grassroots and elite sport.
Gateshead Unison: Local government branch of UNISON which is Britain and Europe’s biggest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members.