NSW Players Represent Australia for National Vision Impaired Futsal Tour of England

Published Tue 22 Oct 2019

Blind Sports NSW would like to congratulate the members of the Australian Vision Impaired Futsal team who travelled across the pond to compete against the might of the FFA English vision impaired futsal team.

This was the team’s second international trip after playing Malaysia last September in a three game friendly series where they narrowly lost the series 2 games to 1.

This program has gained invaluable experience from this trip playing two provincial teams in lead-in games with one loss and one win, prior to taking on the mighty England boys in a two game series.

In game one the team went down 9-0 and were outmatched by the class and experience of the English, however in game two they played a better team style and went down 6-0. The team were without midfielder Oscar Stubbs who was injured in a training camp tackle prior to leaving. Injuries to other squad members hampered the team’s ability to play at full strength for much of the English games. Still the team took improvement from each game and valuable experience that they will build from in future preparations.

The tour also took in some of the world’s best football clubs and stadiums. The hospitality of those clubs were amazing, granting access to locker rooms and behind the scenes detail that only the few get to experience.

The Aussie team were also the guests of the Australian High Commission in England and were recognised as an official Australian Vision Impaired travelling team.

Many memories were created and experiences gained by this tour. The program will now re group and build toward a national competition in 2020, with states competing for the Australia Championship before the next international tour is planned. A big thanks to all staff and players.