North West's first dedicated Futsal Centre opens in Salford

  • Grand opening of Salford's state-of-the-art futsal SCL arena
  • Sponsored by a £190k grant from the Premier League, The FA, and the Football Foundation
  • Additional £127k funding provided by Salford Council for construction of changing rooms and education space
  • Futsal is gaining momentum with its fast-paced action and technical prowess
  • Salford aims to lead futsal growth in the North West with a dedicated facility
  • Futsal centre to serve as an inclusive hub for promoting and developing talent
  • Opening event to include facility tour, presentation on objectives and impact, and thrilling futsal demonstration

Salford City Council is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated grand opening of a state-of-the-art futsal SCL arena, set to revolutionise the sport in the North West of England.

The facility, based at Ordsall Leisure Centre, has been delivered thanks to a £190k grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation as well as an additional £127k from Salford Council. The project also includes the construction of new changing rooms and an education space, which will support the futsal centre as well as the existing Foundation-funded 3G pitch at the site.

a white ball with green trim with the word futsal on it in the foreground and several young men playing football in the background

Futsal has gained momentum in recent years with its fast-paced action and technical prowess. Salford aims to spearhead its growth in the region by providing a dedicated facility that supports and nurtures local talent. The new futsal centre will serve as an inclusive hub for promoting and developing this exciting sport within our community and beyond.

The opening event showcased the futsal SCL arena through a facility tour and a comprehensive presentation on the project's objectives, potential impact, and exciting plans. Additionally attendees witnessed a thrilling futsal demonstration, exemplifying the extraordinary skills and athleticism inherent to the sport.

several young men with coloured bibs playing football on a blue and orange court in an inside arena

Councillor Barbara Bentham, Lead Member for Environment, Neighbourhoods, Sports and Leisure, said: I am thrilled to see yet another first for Salford as we open the North West’s only dedicated Futsal facility. Futsal is a sport gaining popularity across the country and offers huge benefits in improving mental and physical health. In Salford, we are committed to promoting sports and physical activity, and I want to encourage our residents to come down to Ordsall to give it a try.”

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Football Foundation is working closely with our partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government – to transform the quality of grassroots facilities in England by delivering projects like this across the country. 

“Good quality playing facilities have a transformative impact on physical and mental health and play an important role in bringing people together and strengthening local communities. 

“We’re delighted that the local community in Salford will now be able to enjoy all these benefits thanks to the new facilities at Ordsall Leisure Centre.” 

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Date published
Thursday 15 February 2024

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