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Futsal, not only provides us with another tool to develop players, but it also gives those who may be more interested in this form of football than 11 a-side a career opportunity. Alongside this, Belfast Celtic FC sees futsal as a club development opportunity for our brand, awareness and our sponsors.
Recently, Futsal Focus broke the news that Sport and Leisure Football Club which will be known as Belfast Celtic Football Club from the new season 2019-20 will also launch a semi-professional futsal team, click this link to read this article: http://bit.ly/2Ur6Ajq
The news of a semi-professional futsal team launching this early in Northern Irish Futsal development was met with some pessimism as attempts to launch semi-pro and professional clubs in England have not lasted long. However, Belfast Celtic FC Treasurer Paul O’Cahan is adamant that this development is an important part of the clubs overall development plan,
“Futsal, not only provides us with another tool to develop players, but it also gives those who may be more interested in this form of football than 11 a-side a career development opportunity. Alongside this, the club sees futsal as a development opportunity for our brand, awareness and our sponsors. Belfast Celtic FC aims to compete at the top of Irish League Football and will be aiming for a place in Football’s top European competitions, however, that will take a number of years to achieve. Futsal, though, at this stage in the development of the sport in Northern Ireland offers the club a place in European competition much quicker. Therefore, provides us with the means to attract players to the sport and to offer our sponsors increased exposure by playing on the European stage, the UEFA Futsal Champions League. Hopefully, we will also get the opportunity to host a UEFA Futsal Champions League preliminary group in the near future which will give the fan base we aim to grow the opportunity to see futsal at the highest level.”
“We are aiming to develop a club that will win the Irish FA National Futsal League within the next 5 years, and throughout that development period, we will be aiming to set the bar high enough that we can perform well in the preliminary rounds as well. In order to do that, the players’ knowledge of futsal has to develop and we needed a coach with the experience and qualifications in futsal to lead the way, hence our efforts to bring Martin Perciavalle to Belfast Celtic FC Futsal.”
Martin is originally from Uruguay but is currently based in Dublin. Since 2013, he has been the Head Coach of the Irish National Deaf Futsal Team, as well as being the Head Coach for Saints and Scholars Futsal since 2014.
His resume speaks for itself:
Transylvania Futsal – Head Coach (May’2013 – Apr’2014)
Eden College Futsal – Head Coach (Sep’2012 – Apr’2013)
Shamrock Rovers – Coach (Jun’2011 – Aug’2012)
Sporting Fingal Futsal – Assistant Coach (Jun’2009 – Apr’2011) – won the FAI Futsal Cup in 2010 defeating Blue Magic 4–2 in the final. 2010-11 UEFA Futsal Cup (Now known as the UEFA Futsal Champions League) Martin helped to led the team with Junior Da Silva (Head Coach) to the main round, topping their preliminary round group A in Lithuania, Kaunas defeating the Armenian champions FC Kaghsi Hrazdan and hosts Nautara Kaunas. In the main round, they faced tough competition against the champions of Azerbaijan Araz Naxçivan, Romania City’US Târgu Mureș, and Latvia FK Nikars.
Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the game, he has a UEFA B License for football and futsal! He is currently studying as a Futsal High-Performance Specialist! He speaks fluent Spanish and English and has the ability to Sign.
He comes to Belfast Celtic FC Futsal on a long term project. He will be looking for dedicated, committed and professional players that want to play to win and play to the highest standards at the highest level. Martin said,
“I am excited to be involved with Belfast Celtic FC especially due to the history of the previous club who was one of Ireland’s most successful football teams. The club is ambitious and wants to develop a well-organized team to represent Northern Irish Futsal to the highest standard possible. From the discussions we have had, the club is eager to start now and we already have aims and objectives throughout the summer with an eye on starting the new season as best as we can when the league kicks off again. I look forward to meeting the current players and the players who will be interested in joining a semi-professional futsal team.”
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