From Bermuda to the world: CPAD seeks educational opportunities through futsal

Sport and education are two things that should work together to promote child development across world. One of the participants of World Futsal Championships, CP Athletic Development (CPAD), exists to provide educational opportunities through futsal.

With futsal as their primary training platform, the CPAD academy began in September 2014 with 11 members and today they have grown to 70. This is an amazing accomplishment with such a small population.

Peter Rickards, president of the team, said “We operate using the premise that success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. We have established a growing network of preparatory school and college scouts to arrange video or on-campus interviews. We also provide student assessments and references for overseas institutions. The key to supporting the educational development of our members is to create opportunities for travel to overseas tournaments where scouting contacts will be in attendance.”

One of these opportunities is the World Futsal Championships, a tournament held by USA Futsal that will be played from 31st July to 3rd August, at ESPN Worldwide of Sports, at Disney. It will be the organisation’s third participation, this time in the Alevin category.

“The event is a great way to make connections in the game of futsal and an excellent opportunity for our members to meet players from around the world. Coming from a small island like Bermuda we are not often able to compete against high quality opposition. Being able to travel to Florida and play against teams from all over the world is a wonderful experience for us,” commented the president.

Since 2014, 25 of CPAD members have gone on to schools in the USA, UK and Spain. They are ready to impress, one more time, in the World Futsal Championships.

 


The world's best feature in epic game: Inter Movistar are UEFA Futsal Cup champions

The main competition of European futsal, UEFA Futsal Cup always produces some stunning contests that are decided in the final moments. This is especially the case in the Final Four tournament.

This wasn't the case in 2017.

Spain's Inter Movistar humiliating Sporting Lisbon from Portugal 7-0 in the decisive game on Sunday.

Recently elected World Player of the Year, Ricardinho scored twice with the other goals coming from a brace by Rivillos as well as Gadeia, Lolo and Rafael Rato. It was a record fourth title for Inter Movistar in the competition and the first time that a club has scored seven times in a final.

In their UEFA Futsal Cup campaign they scored twenty-three goals and conceded four over five matches. One of the strongest teams in the world, Inter combines top players from Spain such as Rivillos, Pola, Ortiz and goalkeeper Jesus Herrero with Brazilian stars Daniel, Gadeia, Rafael Rato and Darlan. Ricardinho, with his repertoire of skills and powerful shot, is the main name in futsal in recent years.

The Final Four of the 2017 UEFA Futsal Cup was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Kairat, who are from the host country, secured third spot after beating Ugra from Russia in a penalty shootout after a 5-5 draw.