19 July 2010
IT Carlow have named a 12 man squad for the upcoming EUSA Futsal Finals which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from July 18th – 25th. IT Carlow will compete against fifteen other Universities from across Europe and will be the first team to represent Ireland at this competition.
Derek O'Neill, FAI National Co-ordinator for Futsal said "IT Carlow qualifying for this tournament is a very positive occasion for Futsal in Ireland, its shows the progress and growth the game has made over the past number of years. This is a prestigious tournament and it will be a good opportunity for the IT Carlow squad to test themselves against the best universities in Europe".
The IT Carlow team secured qualification with a convincing 6-2 victory over D.I.T. (Dublin Institute of Technology) at the CUFL National Futsal Finals which were held in University of Limerick in April.
The team have prepared well for the tournament and have benefitted greatly through recent challenge matches against Futsal Emerald League opposition including Sporting Fingal Futsal and AUL Futsal.
Following the commencement of the BA Sport and Exercise (Soccer) course that is run in partnership between IT Carlow and the FAI, the IT Carlow football club have enjoyed real success, winning both the CUFL Futsal Cup and the CFAI Umbro Cup last season. Eleven of the squad which will travel to Croatia will be progressing into the second year of the BA Sport and Exercise (Soccer) course.
The squad have worked hard to raise the funds necessary to travel to Croatia and would like to express a sincere thank you to Norton Electrical the official team sponsor for their kind support. The squad would also like to thank the IT Carlow Sport and Societies Committee, the FAI and the CFAI for their generous contributions.
Manager Paul O'Reilly said "It has been a great achievement to qualify for this event; we will be competing against some very prestigious Universities from across Europe who will possess players who play Futsal at a professional level. It will be a totally new experience for our players, however we hope to be competitive and give a good account of ourselves".
For further information and to keep up to date with how the IT Carlow squad get on see http://www.futsal2010.info
IT Carlow FUTSAL Sponsored By NORTON ELECTRICAL
Manager Paul O'Reilly Norton Electrical
Assistant Luke Hardy Norton Electrical
Physio Rebecca Sullivan Norton Electrical
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