One of our most recent Douglas Bader Grant Recipients has just created a GoFundMe Page. Rhys Swift’s new GoFundMe Page has been set up to raise funds to help Rhys to do all he can to become the best Futsal player he can be.
Futsal, which originated in Uruguay and Brazil, is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted. There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side. (You will find a link to a download explaining the game in detail at the bottom of this post.)
Partially sighted Rhys, already selected to be a part of the England FA Para Talent Pathway, applied for a Bader Grant to help him to cover the expenses involved in travel, and when necessary accommodation, when playing in Futsal matches across the country. He knows that the best way for him to improve is to play competitively as much as possible and to increase his matchplay awareness and experience. We were delighted to be able to support this committed and inspiring young athlete.
His GoFundMe Page explains:
Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you, Rhys
Links (will open in new tabs):
- FundRaiser by Rhys Swift – Partially Sighted England Futsal
- Emerging Talent Rhys Swift – Previous post on DBF Website
- England Futsal – Find out how England Futsal has recently been taken up by the FA
- What is Futsal download (will open as a pdf): Learn more about this exciting and inclusive sport