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GTFC Futsal Side Embark On FA Cup Journey

10 April 2018

History will be made on April 15th as Grimsby Town F.C’s Futsal team will appear in Round 1 of the FA Futsal Cup for the first time in their short history. Furthermore, it will be Grimsby Town FC Futsal’s first ever competitive home game.

Most of you may have heard of the recent success of Grimsby Town Sport & Education Trust (GTSET) Futsal U19’s team, who have won more National trophies at U19 level than any other team. They usually play their EFL Futsal games at Sheffield EIS Arena. In the last 4 years, GTSET Futsal U19s have won 4 EFL North League titles, 2 National League titles and 3 National Cup trophies.  

The Grimsby Town FC Futsal team is run by the same manager, Mark Westerby and uses several of the U19 players. However, because the FA Cup is a senior competition, coach Westerby has taken the option to add some over 19 year old players to the squad. These players are previous U19 GTSET futsal scholars, who have graduated from the programme and are still involved in the game. They are all local players, some of whom have returned to Grimsby after graduating from various Universities across the country.

As Grimsby Town FC Futsal does not have a regular men’s team competing in the National Futsal Super League, they are seen as a ‘non-league’ outfit in the FA Cup.  Durham Development Futsal however, compete in National Futsal Super North Division 2 League. This is the 3rd tier in English Futsal and probably the equivalent to League Two of the football pyramid, so it will be a tough game for the Mariners’ team. 

The FA Cup game itself is 2 halves of 20 minute stop clocked and the fixture must be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties being played if required. The game will take place in Grimsby Institute Sports Hall and will kick off 2pm on Sunday 15th April 2018. The doors will open from midday and there are several junior games taking place before the main event for your entertainment. This includes representatives from Grimsby Borough, Healing Hotspurs and other teams playing in the Grimsby Junior Futsal League. 

Coach Mark Westerby said: 

“We are really looking to showcase the game of Futsal to the town. Grimsby has long had a lot of Futsal talent at a grass roots level; this is a chance to show that talent off at the next level. We are aiming to make the event a day open to fans and want to create a real positive atmosphere around Grimsby Town FC Futsal. Obviously we are hoping to take a positive result from the day!” 

Entry for adults is £1 and for children is 50p, with all money raised on the entrance going towards #JessicasRainbow foundation. 

The game is kindly sponsored by Inspire TCI. Mike Burton, the Charity’s coordinator, has agreed to donate £5 to Jessica’s Rainbow Foundation, for every goal scored in the FA Futsal Cup game.  Another big thank-you goes out to Bootroom GY, who has sponsored the matchball for the event. 

Tickets are available from the Grimsby Town FC club shop or you will be able to purchase them on the day. 

We look forward to seeing you on the day! 

#WeAreFusal #ThisTownKnows #JessicasRainbow #SupportingLocalChampions 

Just a reminder that GTSET Futsal Scholarship is recruiting Y11 Futsal players now to represent GTFC whilst studying a L3 BTEC. Apply at www.gtset.co.uk/education. You can also keep tracks on GTSET by following their official twitter account


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