The time has finally come for a return to the court, as Derby Futsal Women’s will take on London Genesis in the FA Women’s Super Series.
A blockbuster opener for Derby, the teams will go head-to-head at 4:00pm on 22 May, at the University of Wolverhampton. The tournament sees teams from North and South meet, taking each other on in aims of passing through to the semi-final and final later this year.
Following the reboot of the game following lockdowns, the first opponents are the newly formed London Genesis Women’s who will be looking to make their mark in the national tournament.
Their first game was 12 months in the planning, and took place on 8 May, as the side took on Bedford Futsal Club. The game was a promising start for the side, and they will be wanting to take the momentum into the Super Series.
One of their new key players looks to be Emma Brown, who has previously represented Kent United Futsal Club and the England Deaf Women’s team. She was delighted on Twitter to finally be back playing after a year, as she donned the number 10 for the side in red.
Derby have been back in training for a while now, and captain Kate Wright spoke of the feeling around finally returning to the game after lockdowns put it aside: “It’s a really great feeling to be back on the court and finally ready to compete again. There’s a definite sense of anticipation leading up to the Summer showdown and I’m sure all the girls will agree we’re raring to go!
“Training has been really positive. We’ve made a lot of progress in a very short period of time and I think that’s testament to the squad we’ve built, but also to those in the background making sure it’s all possible. We first started training together back in 2020 so it’s been a long time coming but there’s no better feeling than kicking a ball around with your best mates.”
Derby’s training has been ever more important with new signings coming in and becoming a part of the team. Molly Boultbee, Audrey Huskisson-Moore and Merle Schmid were the new additions announced earlier this week, and they will wear the number 2, 9 and 11 shirts, respectively.
The team’s coach Matt Hardy was thrilled with being back in the midst of the competitive game and noted his excitement for getting the fresh-faced team into a match: “There’s obviously a lot of new faces. We had five last summer, then the three brought in following this return, which is a massive turnover of players so it’s a completely new group.
“That brings with it certain challenges, obviously, especially when a third of the squad will be playing their first game of Futsal on Saturday, but there is a lot of quality in there, a lot of futsal experience and some really good characters. I’m excited to finally see them in a match environment so we can build on the hard work we’ve been put in since we started back training.
“Above everything else though, we’re just pleased to have Futsal back and to be preparing for a match day again. It’s been far too long!”
The match up looks to be filled with flair and drive, as both teams are without doubt thrilled at the prospect of returning to the centre stage of the game.
In partnership with FreeSports, FA highlights of the Women’s Super Series can be caught on Fridays, and all updates can be found live from Derby Futsal on Twitter.