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Sydney Russell pupils enjoy success on home turf with a pair of borough futsal titles

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 July 2017

Sydney Russell, Riverside, Eastbury, Greatfields and Barking Abbey pupils who took part in the futsal tournament (Pic: Bekim Dushku)

Sydney Russell, Riverside, Eastbury, Greatfields and Barking Abbey pupils who took part in the futsal tournament (Pic: Bekim Dushku)

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Sydney Russell dominated the borough’s Futsal tournament by bagging themselves two championships at their home event.

Youngsters in action during the futsal tournament at Sydney Russell (Pic: Bekim Dushku)Youngsters in action during the futsal tournament at Sydney Russell (Pic: Bekim Dushku)

The school, which hosted the borough-wide schools’ tournament, managed to see off competition and win the year nine and year 10 divisions.

Riverside put up good competition for Sydney Russell and only just suffered defeat in the year nine final, but they more than made up for it by sealing the year seven title in fine style, while Futsal powerhouse Eastbury came up trumps in the year eight competition.

The borough tournament was run on four different dates over the past fortnight for the four different age group categories to find the eventual winners at school, in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham.

Teacher Bekim Dushku said: “It was a pleasure to host the borough’s first Futsal tournament at Sydney Russell this year.

Youngsters in action during the futsal tournament at Sydney Russell (Pic: Bekim Dushku)Youngsters in action during the futsal tournament at Sydney Russell (Pic: Bekim Dushku)

“The level of play was outstanding throughout, and the matches were highly competitive.”

Sydney Russell are already making plans to host the competition again in June, 2018.

Dushku added: “The aim now is to run the tournament annually and continue to develop the sport in the borough.”

Futsal is a rising sport in the borough and Eastbury Community School have been front-runners in its growth.

The Barking school competed and represented England at the World Schools’ Futsal Championships in Croatia last year, having also competed in the 2014 event in Italy.

The youngsters got the chance to play against some of the best Futsal teams in the world from countries where the sport is hugely popular, such as the South American nations.

Eastbury finished 14th overall in 2014, but in the 2016 tournament they struggled to make any real impact as they suffered four defeats to Slovakia (11-1), Slovenia (6-4), Turkey (16-2) and Belgium (8-3), to crash out of the competition early on.

The school has enjoyed plenty of success on home soil, however, being crowned borough and national Futsal champions consecutively in the last few years. But they now face new competition from rivals Sydney Russell and Riverside, who have stopped their total dominance of the sport on the local scene.


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