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Calderdale College Football Academy Brings Home Trophy

9th May 2008

The Calderdale College Football Academy team brought home the Carnegie Futebol de Salao (FDS) Trophy last Friday after winning against Leeds Thomas Danby College in the final of the Carnegie FDS Schools Cup.

The Calderdale College Football Academy team brought home the Carnegie Futebol de Salao (FDS) Trophy last Friday after winning against Leeds Thomas Danby College in the final of the Carnegie FDS Schools Cup.

A thrilling penalty shoot out between the two sides concluded the game following a tense 2-2 draw. Calderdale finally slotted home the winning penalty to give them a 10-9 win and the trophy.

Twelve teams competed in this fast paced Brazilian-style indoor soccer tournament, travelling from as far afield as Arbroath in the North and Hertfordshire in the south. There was some respite for the players when John Farnworth, World Freestyle Champion, put on a dazzling display of ball skills in a fast and exciting routine. Micah Richards, England and Manchester City football star, presented the medals and cup at the winners' reception.

"Our players are pretty much new to Futebol de Salao so we were really impressed with how well they aquitted themselves", said Des Hazel, former Sheffield Wednesday player and Calderdale College Football Academy Coach.

The Leeds Met Carnegie FDS Cup is an annual footballing competition for sixth forms and colleges throughout the UK to celebrate the partnership between Leeds Met Carnegie and Brazilian Soccer Schools. The tournament was started last year as part of the partnership aim of developing a national schools competition to inspire young people to learn new skills. It is planned to develop the competition to include girls and disability groups.

For info.: Futebol de Salao is a exciting and fast moving 5-a-side game of South American origin, played on a hard basketball court-sized pitch using a small (size 2), weighted and specially manufactured ball. The game is cited by Brazilian legends such as Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Careca, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Juninho amongst others, as being the game that made them the great players they are.

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