Deniliquin Stadium will be looking to launch its own futsal competition in the near future, following a visit from Victorian Futsal Director of Coaching Corey Smith last week.
Smith ran futsal clinics for children, from Monday to Wednesday, with skills sessions as well as games of futsal being played.
Futsal is a five-a-side indoor soccer game played on a smaller pitch than soccer.
After plenty of interest from locals, Deniliquin Stadium manager John Arthur is hopeful of starting a local competition soon.
‘‘We mainly want to get a kids comp running as we already have the open competition ran by the Wanderers,’’ he said.
‘‘We had about 60 kids involved with the clinics and there were a few parents who said their kids were interested but were away for holidays.
‘‘We want to start a small competition on the second week of the upcoming school term.
‘‘The comp will be held on a Wednesday to accommodate for those that have footy training commitments.
‘‘Age brackets for the competition will be determined by registration numbers, but we are planning on running a six week comp just to get the interest started.
‘‘I can honestly see a competition with 100 kids at the stadium one day.’’
While visiting, Smith also held a futsal umpiring and coaching course, with 10 locals completing the umpiring course.
Smith said local futsal players would be given the chance to represent the town at state titles and possibly Victoria Country in the national titles.
‘‘The idea is to have a rep squad from Deni or have Deni be the central hub for a Riverina side,’’ Smith said.
‘‘The numbers at the clinic has shown me there is a fairly big interest in futsal in the area and there is some talented players here.
‘‘I’ve invited six kids from Deni to come to Bendigo for a Vic Country squad trial from the clinics alone.
‘‘Vic Country had 13 teams in different age groups make it to the semi final of the last national titles so it’d be a fantastic opportunity.’’
For more information about the competition contact John Arthur on 0427814100.