June 11, 2021, by brzmjb1

Nottingham Games 2021 | UoN Futsal up for the challenge after a long layoff from the sport

Since 2004, each year the University of Nottingham competes against Nottingham Trent University in the Varsity series.

Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, this year both universities were unable to deliver a traditional Varsity series in Term 2. Instead, following the phased return to sport in Term 3, a day of competition with 16 fixtures across 11 sports will take place behind-closed-doors.

The Nottingham Games will streamed live on Sunday 13 June at David Ross Sports Village and NTU Clifton Campus.

We caught up with the UoN Futsal team to find out how they are feeling ahead of their upcoming match and understand how much of impact the covid-restrictions have had upon the sport.

How have you and your team managed to keep motivated/active during lockdown?

“Over lockdown we have held analysis sessions in order to keep everyone engaged with futsal, we have continued to carry out our S&C with Andy every Tuesday to stay active and we have set fun tasks to do individually and in groups when it was allowed to get the everyone in the club involved and keep that social element to the club running.”

How are you and your team feeling about the upcoming Nottingham Games?

“We are very excited as there is no team we want to beat more than Trent. From a personal point of view, as my last fixture as a student I am extra keen to win to finish my uni experience on a high.”

“We are confident we will come out of the match as winners!”

Do you think lockdown will have had an effect on the performance of the team?

“Naturally, lockdown has impacted everyone negatively. At first, we had to prepare outside on the 3G, which was good to get fitness levels back, however this was completely unlike a normal indoor surface. This has meant performance levels have fallen slightly as time on the court has been limited, but we still believe in ourselves and our programme to get the result we deserve.”

What is your team’s training programme looking like in the lead up to the Games?

“We have been training twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, focussing solely on getting back into the game and reminding ourselves of the finer details. We have also managed to organise several friendlies in the last few weeks as preparation. This last week we have adapted our training session to prepare against Trent’s style of play.”

University of Nottingham will take on Nottingham Trent University in a highly anticipated Futsal match at David Ross Sports Village with a 1.30pm start.

Unfortunately no spectators are permitted this year. However, we will be bringing you every minute of the action via a live stream on the  UoN Sport Facebook page.

Get involved in the conversation using #NottsGames and get behind our teams!

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