Watch Bristol City Futsal for free

Bristol City supporters will be able to watch Bristol City Futsal for free this weekend.

Futsal is a small-sided variant of football played between two teams of five players in an indoor arena.

Futsal has been recognised the fastest-growing indoor sport in the world and has been played for decades in countries like Brazil and Argentina and now you can watch the sport in Bristol, supporting Bristol City Futsal Club!

Billy Whittaker’s side welcome Baku United to SGS Arena on Sunday (January 15th, 2pm) in the club’s first FA National Super League home game of 2017.

To help spur the team on to victory and to increase interest and awareness of the sport, entry is free for all supporters, with doors opening at 1.30pm.

“Our squad have come a long way this season and have shown they can challenge the top clubs in the division,” said Whittaker.

“I am particularly impressed with the amount of English talent that has come through our academy (Bristol Community Trust’s BTEC programme) and it would be fantastic for as many football fans to cheer us on to three points this weekend.”

- Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 24/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - SGS Wise Campus - Bristol, England - Bristol City Futsal v Helvecia - Futsal Super League

Futsal trio to represent England futsal

Hynam, Coleman and Hannam receive England call-ups. 

Bristol City Futsal trio Jake Hannam, Sam Hynam and Aaron Coleman have each received call-ups to represent England Futsal at different age groups.

Jake Hannam will meet up with his England Futsal Under-23 team-mates on Saturday, while Hynam and Coleman will represent England Futsal Under-19s Regional South squad on Saturday, December 18th.

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City futsal fall short to Genesis

Genesis too strong for futsal Robins

Bristol City Futsal slipped to a 7-5 defeat at SGS Arena on Sunday to Genesis Futsal. 

The hosts’ unscathed home record was brought to a halt as Genesis came from behind to return to the capital with maximum points. 

Billy Whittaker’s side entered the break with a goal advantage and then a flurry of goals in the second period saw the visitors run out 7-5 winners – a defeat which the head coach refuses to get down heartened about. 

“Yesterday was a good evaluation of how far we have progressed in the last couple of months, as we suffered a 8-0 defeat away to Genesis on the opening day of the season,” Whittaker said. 

“With such a young, talented group, it is important the squad take each game as a learning curve and continue to improve. Their attitude and application in training has been excellent. 

“To challenge the top three teams in the league and only fall behind in the closing stages is phenomenal and something I am extremely proud of. 

“Our game showed great spirit, particularly entering the break with a narrow lead. We then fell behind through a lack of concentration, but continued to show fight as we battled our way back into the game. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. 

“Six of our 12 squad members were Under-19 players, which demonstrates the depth we have within our youth ranks, and it gives a positive insight into the bright future we have at the Club. 

“We are now half way through the season and to play the current top three teams four times and sit in fourth position on nine points is encouraging. It’s been a strong start but we will continue to build and compete as high as we can.”

- Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 24/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - SGS Wise Campus - Bristol, England - Bristol City Futsal v Helvecia - Futsal Super League

It was a scrappy win – Whittaker

Head coach admits victory was not pretty. 

Billy Whittaker admitted his side weren’t at their best in Sunday’s 6-5 victory against West London.

Despite claiming maximum points, Whittaker was disappointed with the level of performance on display, but was satisfied to grind out the result in testing conditions.

Goals from Conrad Britton, Sam Hynam, Brett Cotterill and a hat-trick from Aitor Sanchez-Garcia saw the newly-assembled side rise to fourth in the league, sitting just two points behind Genesis in second position – the next opponents for Whittaker’s men.

“Sunday’s victory was a huge win. It was important we bounced back from our defeat last time out and to get the three points when we weren’t at our best was encouraging,” the head coach said.

“The performance wasn’t to the level we have produced in our last few games, which was disappointing, but it is important for us to be able to grind out results.

“Our squad is still relatively new and they are continually learning and will only get better as the season progresses.

“Conrad (Britton) made his first team debut, and he took his goal well. He is just 17-years-old and has come through the Community Trust’s scholarship programme which is fantastic to see.

“Sam (Hynam) is a graduate of the the scholarship of the programme, so for him to also grab himself a goal is great testament to the effectiveness and importance of our academy system.

“To win in the manner we did is great for confidence – the team are buzzing. It moves us up to fourth in the division and we are closing in on second place, which is a superb position to be in at this stage in the season.

“We won’t get carried away. We will take it game by game but we are going in the right direction. It’s an exciting time for the club.”

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Whittaker left frustrated

Head coach disappointed with manner of defeat.

Billy Whittaker was forced to witness his side suffer a narrow defeat on Sunday at the hands of London Baku United.

The futsal Robins entered the break with a one goal advantage over the current National Super League champions, but a flurry of goals in the second period saw the game turned on its head as the hosts ran out 6-5 winners.

This defeat prevented Whittaker’s men from securing a hat-trick of wins, but the 22-year-old insists his players will learn a lot from the “frustrating” afternoon.

“I am disappointed with the result, particularly as we found ourselves 5-2 up with eight minutes to go,” said the head coach.

“However, up until that point, I was encouraged by the performance and thought my players conducted their play expertly.

“Although it is frustrating, it is important we learn from this experience as it will prove to be of benefit later in the season.

“Our energy and pace was great, but in the final minutes fatigue started to set in and as a result we made poor decisions which led to their goals. If you give opposition time and space at this level you will be punished, as we found out.

“On a positive, Baku have been league champions for the last few seasons so for us to only lose by a goal, and lead for a large proportion of the game is encouraging. If we play like that for the remainder of our matches, I believe we will be extremely competitive.”

- Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 24/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - SGS Wise Campus - Bristol, England - Bristol City Futsal v Helvecia - Futsal Super League

Whittaker ecstatic with successive wins

Head coach hails his players’ efforts and commitment.

Billy Whittaker was full of praise for his players after witnessing his newly assembled side secure back-to-back victories with a 7-1 rout over Reading Escolla on Sunday.

The futsal Robins flew out the traps as Sanchez-Garcia broke the deadlock inside the opening 60 seconds, outlining the hosts’ purpose, whilst setting the tempo for the game. City continued to press, and entered the interval with a 4-1 advantage, before securing victory with a further three second half goals.

Whittaker’s men have now rocketed up to the fourth in the National Super League – the club’s highest league position since the creation of the division.

“It was a fantastic and well deserved win,” said the head coach.

“We worked together as a team throughout and stuck to our game plan, which I am extremely pleased about.

“Scoring the early goal was excellent, it removed the anxiousness from our game and it set the tempo.

“I think we dominated the game throughout. We have a real energy about our play and the pace at which we passed the ball created gaps in their defence, which we capitalised upon.

“To score seven goals in a game, and just concede one is a real positive; I couldn’t be prouder of my players.

“Securing two successive wins will do our confidence the world of good, particularly having suffered defeats in our opening two fixtures. They are long in the distant memory now.

“Both our wins have also come at home, so hopefully we can make SGS a fortress this season and the fans will continue to support us.”

- Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 24/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - SGS Wise Campus - Bristol, England - Bristol City Futsal v Helvecia - Futsal Super League

watch Bristol city futsal for free

Show your support for Bristol City Futsal.

Bristol City season card holders will be able to watch Bristol City Futsal for FREE this weekend.

Futsal is a small-sided variant of football played between two teams of five players in an indoor arena.

Futsal has been recognised the fastest-growing indoor sport in the world and has been played for decades in countries like Brazil and Argentina and now you can watch the sport in Bristol, supporting Bristol City Futsal Club!

Bristol City Futsal Club welcome Reading Escolla Futsal Club to SGS Arena on Sunday, October 2nd (2pm) in the FA National Super League, with Billy Whittaker taking charge of his side for just the second time in a home fixture.

To help spur the team on to victory, and to increase interest and awareness of futsal, Bristol City season card holder can attend this fixture free of charge.

To claim a free ticket, season card holders should email Josh.Kington@bcfc.co.uk. Season cards will then need to be presented on the day of the fixture to gain entry.

Advanced tickets are also on sale for non-season ticket holders. Tickets for this fixture are priced as follows: Adults £5, Concessions £1 and Under-5s free. To purchase a ticket, please email Josh.Kington@bcfc.co.uk.

Whittaker is hoping for a bumper support from football fans, saying: “Our squad is newly assembled and with us having an average age of 21, our squad is relatively inexperienced, particularly at this level.

“A number of players have come through the Community Trust’s education academy, which is fantastic with regards to developing our talent pathway.

“We have come up against some tough opposition at the start of what will be a challenging season, but I am encouraged by the attitude of my squad and the progress I have witnessed in our performances to date.

“With this fixture being free to season ticket holders, hopefully many of you will come along and cheer on your local futsal team playing at the highest level in England to assist us in climbing the table.

“No matter what your previous experience with the sport, I encourage you to attend this fixture as I am sure you will not be disappointed and will want to attend again.”

For all the latest futsal news, follow @BCFCFutsal on Twitter.

- Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 24/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - SGS Wise Campus - Bristol, England - Bristol City Futsal v Helvecia - Futsal Super League

 

We fully deserved three points – Whittaker

Head coach delighted with performance.

Billy Whittaker believes Bristol City Futsal’s 4-2 victory against London United was “fully deserved”.

The futsal Robins entered their maiden home fixture of the new season on the back of two successive league defeats, but their first three points of the season saw Whittaker’s side move off the foot of the National Super League table.

“It was a fantastic day for everyone associated with the club,” the head coach said.

“Having endured two defeats in our opening two games, it was important we stuck to our game plan rather than panic under the pressure, and thankfully we did this.

“From the first whistle, we had real energy amidst our play and the tempo continued for the entire length of the game, which I was extremely pleased about.

“I think in every area of the court we dictated the play and we started to play with real confidence.

“We are still a newly assembled squad so to produce that level of performance, just three games into the season, is really pleasing and hopefully we will continue to improve.

“To get a win infront of our home fans is great. It is important we make SGS Arena a fortress, and the supporters will play a pivotal role in this.

“It was an entertaining fixture; we secured our first win of the season, so hopefully we can attract an even bigger crowd on Sunday (October 2nd, 2pm) when we welcome Reading Escolla.”

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Whittaker content despite defeat

Head coach encouraged by team’s performance.

Billy Whittaker has professed himself ‘content’ despite witnessing his Bristol City Futsal side suffer an agonising 5-4 defeat to Helvecia at the Score Centre.

The defeat condemned Whittaker’s young side to successive losses in the season’s opening two fixtures – but the head coach insists he is not concerned, despite the futsal Robins currently sat at the foot of the National Super League.

“Despite the result it was an encouraging performance, particularly when you look at the manner in which we lost to Genesis last time out,” the head coach said.

“Against Genesis we got completely overturned, but that wasn’t the case against a very strong Helvecia side.

“Our performance reflected the game plan we had been working on tirelessly in the build-up to the fixture and for that, I cannot be prouder of my players.

“This performance sets a marker for the rest of the season and hopefully our performance will improve each time we step onto that futsal court.

“We have an extremely young squad, with the average age of 21. On Sunday, we had five players come from the club’s education academy, which reiterates the youth within our ranks.

“However, each player is eager to learn and in time we will become a very difficult side to overcome. I am confident it won’t be long before we pick up our first points of the season.

“We have had two tough away games to date, but we are at home next Sunday (September 25th) and it will be nice for the players to return to SGS Arena. Hopefully the fans will come and support us – they’re backing is crucial!”

- Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 24/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - SGS Wise Campus - Bristol, England - Bristol City Futsal v Helvecia - Futsal Super League

 

Whittaker raring to go

Head Coach excited for maiden test.

Billy Whittaker admits Sunday’s season opener away to Genesis will be a proud moment for him when he oversees Bristol City Futsal for the first time in a competitive fixture.

Appointed as head coach in July, Whittaker has spent pre-season building his squad to ensure his side are competitive in the National Super League – a test he and his players are relishing.

“The start of the season is what my players and I have been waiting for all summer,” said Whittaker.

“Pre-season has been a tough few weeks but that is over now and the real hard work begins on Sunday as we try to achieve our goals and compete in what is going to be an exciting season.

“This will be the first time a number of our squad have competed in the top flight of English futsal so it is important we stick to our game plan as our players are strong enough to get a result from the game.

“I am expecting the match to be extremely close. Genesis are tipped as title contenders so it will be a very tough game for us. However, our squad is fully prepared for the challenge.

“After watching Genesis a few times last season I am expecting them to be patient in possession and clever in their rotations and movement across the court.

“They have a strong culture within their club and it is up to us to match them on Sunday. We know we have to concentrate on our own performance and counter their strengths and then exploit their weaknesses.

“Our squad is newly assembled but the vibes have been excellent in training and the players know what they can achieve with a bit of resilience.

“We have no injuries in camp and we are going to Genesis in the mind-set of returning to Bristol with maximum points!”

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