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Two Leeds Met students have been selected to take part in the World University Futsal Championships which takes place in Serbia later this month.
Sophie Walton and Emma Lipman will be joined by women's football coach Chris Welburn who will be managing the Great Britain side. The team will face hosts Serbia, Brazil, France, Portugal and Russia in the group stages of the tournament which take place in Novi Sad.
Futsal is the official FIFA small sided football game, designed to provide a high paced, energetic, fast flowing game for players and spectators while being played indoors. Since becoming a BUCS sport in 2007, the game has been developed at universities across the membership and is now the largest competition in the UK for men and women.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Chris Welburn said: "I am really pleased that both Emma and Sophie have been picked for the TEAM GB side. It will be a great opportunity for them to experience a different culture in Serbia and also play such strong Futsal nations and test themselves. On my part, I am pleased to of been selected as the TEAM GB Manager and I'm looking forward to the challenge of working within the environment of a World Championships."
The women's squad contains three players who travelled to Serbia in 2009 with the bronze winning women's football squad at the World University Games. Twins Kelly and Vicky Jones (Liverpool John Moores), who both play for Liverpool LFC, both represented Great Britain in the women's football squad while Grace McCatty (Bath), who is captain of Bristol Academy WFC, was also selected for the Bronze medal winning squad in 2009. The squad also includes Lizzie Edwards, Sophie Perry (Both Brighton) and Sophie Walton (Leeds Met) who have represented England Under-23.
George Carney, BUCS Football Development Manager, highlighted the successful development in the women's game and is pleased to have a GB women's team in Serbia. He added: ""The majority of the side have had international experience either with the GB squad, English Universities or at England Under-23 level, but this is the first time any of them have played Futsal at this level as it is the first time that we have entered a women's futsal team.
"It will be a new challenge for the players and the staff to see how they adapt against established sides like Brazil and Portugal compared to playing Futsal in the BUCS Championships or 11-a-side game. I am really pleased that in the space of three years we have gone from a blank canvas to developing a competition pathway that allows our talented players to take on the best teams in the world at a university level."
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