If its power, speed and skill combining into an exhilarating package that you’re wishing to play or watch, then take yourself to a game of FUTSAL.
Garry and myself were among 160 players representing 15 ethnic groups who gathered at Shirley Boys High School stadium on Sunday for a splash of cultural diversity where good nature and fierce competitive pride combined to enthrall onlookers .
Being so close to the action had old fellas blood pressure pounding and we observed that we probably needed personal parts protectors and crash helmets even on the sidelines !!
Futsal is an indoor version of soccer played in two 10 minute segments. There is no offside rule , excellent advantage provisions and is a virtual non stop encounter
The Canterbury Resilience Foundation , ( CRF ) were the organizers and hosts of the event which was sponsored by The Ben Gough Family Foundation and Colliers Real Estate .CRF is a Charitable Trust established to address the challenges presented by Muslim , Ethnic, Migrant and Refugee youth and families in the city and Canterbury region .
Its Chair , Abdigani Ali had a big team of willing helpers who combined to provide a stunning competition for players and spectators alike .But the big winner was the Intercultural spirit on display .
Patrick O’Connor Ps My and Garry’s blood pressure should have recovered by next Tuesday and I can confirm that our respective anatomies remain undamaged .