A CCCU student who had not heard of Futsal three years ago has been called up to the England under U23.
George White who is a sports scholar in his final year at CCCU had been a massive football fan and player before university and stumbled across the skilful sport when arriving in Canterbury.
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football that can be translated into the 11-a-side format.
The ball is smaller and heavier, this means that there is less bounce in the ball, allowing for a more pass and move style of game on the floor.
However, the surprising thing is the journey George has been on.
He said: “My pathway into Futsal was a both fast and funny.
“It was purely through chance really, I had no clue about the sport at all before I came to university.
“At freshers fayre in my first year, I wanted to try and find something new to have a go at.
“My house mates knew I liked football and persuaded me to give it a go.
“At first I wasn’t to sure but glad I did now, otherwise would have never played the sport probably.
“I was selected and in that first year, I was scouted half way through the season while playing in the BUCS League, to play for one of the top teams in England at the time(Genesis Futsal).
“From then I worked my way into the first team there and in that same season played in the FA Cup Final and National Super League Finals.
WATCH: Highlights of George playing.
“It’s safe to say that my first year at uni and playing Futsal was a mad one.”
Three years later George is CCCU captain, vice captain of Genesis football, has been selected for the England universities team and now he is part of the England U23 squad and has travelled to Portugal to play.
George said the speed of the game is what makes it so good.
“The game is in such a small space you can go from one end of the court to the other in a matter of seconds.
“This means more shots, saves, skills than most other sports.
“In my opinion it’s the most entertaining sport in the world, even if I am a bit biased.
“I would suggest that if you have never played it that you give it ago and see how great it really is.”
George see’s a bright future ahead of him and the sport.
“My main goal is to just become better then I was yesterday.
“I believe that if I keep doing that then my future will be bright.
“I hope to one day to have the honour of representing my country and getting my first England Cap.
“At club level, I would love to play in the UEFA Futsal Cup and travel the world playing Futsal.
But I know these things only come with hard work and positivity, which I believe I have in bundles.”
On Futsal at Varsity George said: “Sadly, Kent University don’t have a team but I have been told that they are close to forming one and if that’s the case then I can’t see it not being in Varsity next year if all goes well.”