30th July 2001

 

COUNTY KIDS TO TRY OUT SAMBA SOCCER

 

A revolutionary coaching scheme which teaches youngsters Brazilian football skills is coming to Lincoln this week.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is hosting a Brazilian Soccer School every Friday throughout August (beginning 3rd August) to give the county’s kids a chance to refine their samba soccer skills during the summer break.

 

The Brazilian Soccer School uses a smaller, heavier ball recommended by Brazilian coaches which encourages the development of close control and dribbling skills.

 

“The balls are mostly size two, non-bouncy and heavier than normal so the emphasis is on close skills,” says Mark Melson, the former Boston United footballer who is co-ordinating the soccer schools for CMS Sports and Leisure in Boston.

 

In Brazil all the greats, from Pelé and Rivelino to Ronaldo and Rivaldo, develop their skills playing futebol de salão – a smaller version of soccer originally played with a handball on handball courts because of the lack of grass pitches in the big cities.

 

The special futebol de salão ball has very little bounce, which means that the play is always on the floor, and the game is credited as the single largest factor in producing the players who constitute the world-dominating Brazilian teams.

 

Sessions will run on Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st August from 10.30am until 12.30am and from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. The sessions cost £3, are open to all children aged from five to 12 and will be run by coaches who have passed the Brazilian futebol de salão coaching qualification.

 

To book a place on the soccer school contact CMS Sports and Leisure on 01205 366730.

 

For more information on futebol de salão visit the web site www.futeboldesalao.net

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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