Skills school comes to town

PUBLISHED: 12:28 13 August 2010

Joel Webster doing a few football skills

Joel Webster doing a few football skills


THE days of the long ball game could be a thing of the past with the establishment of a footballing school with a difference.

Joel Webster, 27, of Kent Road, Gravesend, is establishing a ‘Futsal school’ teaching close control skills in a variant of the beautiful game.

Futsal, a way to play football that originated in Uruguay, places emphasis on short passing and creative play by restricting space and using a heavier smaller ball.

Mr Webster, who has just completed a Sport Science Degree at Canterbury University, believes Futsal helps to develop younger players’ abilities as learning tricks on the ball.

“It encourages children to bring the ball down and increases their confidence in possession. It is played in places like Brazil and Spain where they place a lot more emphasis on ball skills. When I was growing up we were just told to hoof it long.”

Having played at Sunday League level and for his university Mr Webster is focusing his attention on developing the next generation of footballing stars.The game is played indoors, six-a-side and many high-profile football stars, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, played the game to help develop their skills when younger.

“You can see this style of football has helped produce some of the most skilled players in the world and I think it is something kids here will benefit from,” he added, stating he believed Capello’s beleaguered stars would have benefited from greater focus on their technique.

The coaching sessions will be held at St John’s Secondary School and will be aimed at children aged seven to 12. First session will be held on September 6, and those wishing to sign up should contact Mr Webster on 07540 322 309 or email him at

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