Friday, 25 May 2012
A talented footballer from the University of Worcester is making a name for himself in the world of Futsal, after representing his home nation of France.
Business undergraduate Flavien Chambaud was injured for part of this season but managed to get fit in time to play four international friendlies; two against Poland in February and two against Romania in April.
The 21-year-old started playing the sport two years ago when he was inspired to get involved by other players at the University.
“I started two summers ago a bit randomly as I was going to the gym at the University and saw players playing Futsal in the sports hall,” he said.
Flavien went along to a training session for the Great Britain team that were going to a tournament in Serbia.
He was unable to be selected because of his French nationality but that did not stop him as the coach liked his style of play and offered him the chance to play for Loughborough Futsal Club.
Flavien said: “He asked me to join his team where I’ve been to one training session and played one game but I finally signed for Birmingham Futsal Club as it was more convenient to travel there to get to training.
“This year we reached the play-offs in Surrey where the six best English teams meet to play a three day play off to be champions of England.
“I was called up for the national team at the end of my first year. The next step for me now is the next world cup in November 2012 or the Euro championship in 2014.”
Flavien has been awarded a £500 scholarship by the University of Worcester to assist the Futsal player in his international career.
“My scholarship will help me to pay for my travelling costs, the equipment that I need for the year. It will also go towards my university fees as well,” he said.
The accomplished Futsal player is also aiming to break into 11-aside football at a professional level.
“Even though a career in Futsal is in my head in a country where the sport is a professional one such as Spain, Italy, Belgium and soon France, my priority remains 11-aside football,” he said.