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Behind the scenes at Pro Futsal London

Pro Futsal London opened up their doors to the Sports Gazette at the end of last year, and gave us an insight into their training sessions and how they’ve developed as a club.

The futsal team, which holds its training sessions and matches at Aldenham School in Elstree, has only been in existence for more than two years.

It was founded by Jon Kurrant who played youth-team football for London-based clubs Arsenal and Charlton Athletic, before signing a professional contract with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.

Unfortunately for him, the move didn’t turn out the way he had planned which resulted in him terminating his contract, but he later found solace in the game of futsal.

“I went to Loughborough University and I was introduced to the game through a friend,” he said.

“We were lucky enough to have the England assistant manager there Michael Skubala, now the current England manager, and that’s how I got into futsal.”

Photo Credit: @ Pro Futsal London Twitter

After getting a taste for the game, Kurrant joined up with Brazilian based London side Helvecia which inspired him to take the next step and develop his own club.

“The players there were just absolutely excellent and you learned the game just through watching them,” he said.

“[I wanted] to get a university feel in terms of a futsal family as well as trying to professionalize it a little bit, and get a better level in the team just as I did seeing the players at Helvecia.”

First-team players Tamas Gyenei and Jordan Davidson are important members of the squad and they revealed how futsal gave them a both a second chance after not making the grade in 11-a-side.

“It’s more interesting, it’s a quicker game and it’s more enjoyable for me to play,” said Tamas, who played football at Second Division level in Hungary.

“As I didn’t make it as a professional football, it didn’t interest me playing down at the lower level as I’d rather play futsal.”

Goalkeeper Jordan, who played academy football at Barnet FC told us: “The biggest difference is you’ve got to be a lot more intelligent.

Photo Credit: Aramide Oladipo

“You’ve got to play the ball into feet and be able to play and move into spaces. You’ve got to use your brain more and be a lot more switched on whilst playing.”

Both also play a huge role off the court as they help coach the senior women’s team alongside developing the younger players at the club, and the two are extremely excited to be part of the project.

Tamas said: “I love playing, that’s my life! The boys know me and I’m a kid and I behave like a child, honestly. That’s what makes me close with the kids as well in terms of coaching. Working with the kids is just a dream.”

“One of the best things about futsal, which is different to football, is that you’re a massive unit,” Jordan said.

“You are literally one family. There’s no divides on or off the pitch, it’s just a family feel throughout the club.”

Main Photo Credit: @ Pro Futsal London Twitter

Aramide Oladipo
Aramide, 25, is a graduate from Nottingham Trent University where he completed his undergraduate degree in Modern Languages with History. He has recently come back from a three-year spell in Barcelona, Spain where he worked with the official football club for 18 months in a project called “Barça Fans”. Aramide was involved in writing the English content for the website and he was the narrator of the exclusive videos during the 2015-16 season. Aramide is fluent in Spanish and French and he is looking to add Portuguese to his list of languages as he would like to spend time in Brazil in the foreseeable future. Despite being born and raised in Hertfordshire, Aramide is an avid Manchester United fan (unapologetic cockney red), but he always keeps an eye on his local football team, Watford FC. Following his stay in Spain, Aramide has gained experience writing football articles online where he has covered the English Premier League, La Liga and the Scottish Premier League. He also holds an interest in rugby, boxing, cricket. Aramide is currently undertaking a Master degree in Sports Journalism in St Mary’s University. Email: aramideoladipo@yahoo.co.uk
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