GALLERY: Eastbury celebrate latest Borough Futsal success

PUBLISHED: 17:45 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:45 04 February 2015

Eastbury school win the under 14's final at Sporthouse

Eastbury school win the under 14's final at Sporthouse


Eastbury School futsal teams inspiring other schools to take up the sport.

Eastbury were celebrating once again last week after being crowned the borough’s under-14 futsal champions – and the school’s success is inspiring their rivals.

The Hulse Avenue-based outfit represented the country last year at the Futsal World Cup in Sardinia.

That in itself has inspired other schools to take futsal on board, and Eastbury, with the help of Lycamobile, Genesis Futsal Club, West Ham Community Trust and the Essex FA, launched the borough competition this year.

And Eastbury PE teacher Wayne Baldacchino believes this is only the start of a promising future for the sport in the local area.

“I think the fact that the lads represented England Schools at the Sardinia World Cup has helped,” said Baldacchino.

“Most schools are tapping in to futsal now.

“All Saints are big on it, Robert Clack have found it interesting and Barking Abbey and Riverside are also involved.

“From no schools in the borough, we have already got to five or six out of the 10, so it is

definitely catching on.

“It’s the first time we have ever had the Barking & Dagenham futsal competition and hopefully it’s the first of many.

“This time next year we are hoping to have the three age groups for girls as well.”

Following on from their under-16s win last week, the under-14s were keen on making it a double at the Sporthouse venue at Mayesbrook Park.

Having progressed through the group stages, they came up against All Saints in the semi-finals and edged their way to a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Alan Zuqolli and Lesharn Lewars.

They met Barking Abbey in the final and despite Zuqolli twice putting them ahead, Abbey pegged them back to force penalties.

Zuqolli and Mikel Muca scored the first two, before Abbey missed their second and Gersi Lika held his nerve to seal Eastbury’s win.

“We made hard work of it, but we are very pleased that we have won,” added Baldacchino.

“I can’t stress enough how important Lycamobile are. Without their sponsorship it is very difficult.”

Lycamobile’s Group Marketing Director Chris Liveing added: “We always try and support our communities, be it schools or clubs in our area.

“Eastbury are having people come to them to see what they can do to participate in futsal. It’s great all round.”

Eastbury hope to make a hat-trick of wins when the under-12s go for glory tomorrow (Thursday).

To view a gallery of pictures from the under-14 finals, click on the icon at the top right of the story.

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