Bristol City Men's Futsal
Bristol City FC became the first professional football club to tie up with the FA National Futsal League in the 2014/15 season.
The club’s Community Trust worked closely with the University of Bath Futsal Club, which was later renamed Bristol City Futsal Club ahead of the 2014/15 season to bring futsal to the city of Bristol. This saw the side competed in the FA National Futsal League Midlands Division One where they finished 5th, narrowly missing out on the Grand Final playoffs by one point, in a tight league.
The 2015/16 season saw a league restructuring, which gave Bristol City Futsal a place in the FA National Futsal Super League South Division. A tough season, playing against some of countries first Professional teams, saw the Futsal robins battling against relegation. An outstanding performance in the relegation playoff against Sussex Futsal Club saw Bristol City retain their top division status for another season.
Ahead of the 2016/17 season, Bristol City appointed a new manager, Billy Whittaker, which lead to a strong opening run of results early in the season and saw the team once again miss out on the Grand Finals playoffs by a single place.
As Bristol City missed on a spot in the new FA National Futsal Super League, they begin the new 2017/18 campaign in Division One South, building a squad with an increasing number of Academy graduates in their ranks.
Billy Whittaker was appointed Bristol City Futsal Club’s manager in July 2016, signing a two year contract.
Whittaker has previous FA National Futsal League experience as player/coach of Bath Futsal Club for the 2014/15 & 2015/16 season.
Whittaker started his futsal career while at the University of Bath Futsal Club, representing the club in both National League and BUCS competitions.
Bristol City Futsal Club play all their home fixtures at SGS Arena (New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP).
Capacity: SGS Arena has a capacity of 500 people.
Facilities: SGS Arena caters for all needs. The arena has a carpark for fans, along with disabled bays for those who require them. Inside the arena there is pull-out seating for spectators and there is also disabled access to the court. There is changing rooms for both home and away team’s and the referee, whilst refreshments are available to spectators throughout the fixtures.
Players to watch
Gary Bell – Bell is one of the most experienced players representing the club despite only being 23 years old. This young English talent has worked his way through the Bristol City Futsal Academy to captain the side for a second year running. Gary is an athletic individual, who has great stamina and is quick to move around the court. He is great defensively and also one for defenders to fear when he attacks.
Aitor Sanchez-Garcia – Affectionately known as “Tiny” to the City faithful, Sanchez is a vastly experienced futsal player from the Basque County. Since signing from Cardiff City in 2015, Sanchez has settled into life at Bristol, and was the club’s top goal scorer in the last campaign with 17 goals. A ferociously competitive player with an eye for goal, Sanchez will be a key player once again this season.
Sam Hynam – Hynam, another Academy product, has become one of City’s most reliable performers in the past season. A technically gifted player, with great disguise, Hynam can dictate the tempo of a game with his range of passing. Already involved in the England Youth set up, expect to him improve again as the season progresses.
Aaron Coleman – Coleman has re-signed for another season with the club and his aggressive, no nonsense attitude makes him a vital part of the Bristol side. His 13 goals last season often came at important times, and he is developing technically with every game. For a fix, Coleman is extremely effective in both defence and attack, so teams will be wary of him this season.