2008 & 2009 NEW Training Venues

September 1, 2017 no comments Posted in News

Unfortunately our Summer let’s came to an end at Craigholme Sports Complex last week & we have worked very hard to secure new training venues for both our 2009 squad & 2008 Squad.

Delighted to say we have secured two new training facilities which are as followed :

2009’s will train at Drumoyne Sports Centre every Wednesday 7-8pm – 337 Langlands Road , Glasgow G51 4EW

2008s will train at Glasgow Club Kelvinhall 7-8pm , 1445 Argyle Street , Glasgow , G3 8AW 

Both facilities will offer a fantastic environment for your son to continue their development with Joga Futsal Academy & we look forward to seeing you all next week !

Learn – Enjoy – Develop

Fees – Monthly Standing Order

August 31, 2017 no comments Posted in News

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continued support for Joga Futsal Academy & hope that over time you will be able to see the benefits in which Futsal can bring to your son/daughter’s football.

With regards to payment I would like if possible to be made via standing order monthly, the first of each month if possible. For a couple of reasons, One it allows the coach to get on with things quickly & concentrate on the coaching, Two it allows us to secure the lets as many are paid in advance & lastly it secures your son or daughters place for the month ahead. The fee each month is £20 which covers the 4 x £5 sessions. 

All sessions can be paid in this method. ( Joga Futsal Academy Class & Development Centres )

Bank details are as followed

Joga Futbol Ltd

Account number: 16255082

Sort Code: 83-21-05

Please reference with your kid’s name

Thank you all very much for your help so far it is hugely appreciated and I hope Joga can continue to help your kid Learn, Enjoy and Develop.

David Galt


End of Year Message (2016)

December 19, 2016 no comments Posted in News


I want to start by saying a massive thank you to all the kids and parents who have helped grow Joga Futsal Academy in 2016. Your support is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with you and all your kids again in 2017!

Our Joga Futsal Academy started up in January 2016 with one squad of boys – a mix of around 12 kids born 2005 and 2006 – in the one-hour slot at All Saint’s Secondary School. We played our first ever real match in late March against Futsal Escocia which was fantastic, and really was just the start of things to come. Since then, we have opened up new age groups and teams at different locations across the city. Our Academy now works with around 75 kids per week, each receiving one weekly training session and one match each week, now we have entered into leagues. We work with kids born from 2003 to 2008, all with different backgrounds and ability levels. Every week, we work with kids who are playing football in Elite Academies at the likes of Rangers, Celtic, St Mirren, Partick Thistle and more. We also work with kids who are playing in a host of boys clubs across the city. We have also been very fortunate to enter into partnerships with some fantastic clubs across Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

Our aim when beginning with Joga was to introduce Futsal to as many kids and coaches as possible, and show the benefit that it can have in developing their skills, ultimately helping them become better football players. We have certainly achieved that! The feedback we have had from parents and coaches has been fantastic, and most importantly, from the kids. On Sunday there I had a 2006 say to me: “I wish we could just play Futsal all day! It’s so much fun and I don’t even care what the scores are, it’s just so much fun playing in the games”. Just hearing kids talk amongst themselves, overhearing some of the positive things they say, is brilliant for me and always gives me a real sense of satisfaction that I am providing a fun and challenging environment, which I have no doubt will benefit their footballing career.

In the second part of the year, we also started up development centres which have also been a fantastic success; these provide an opportunity for kids to get an introduction to futsal and provide an extra training session for kids to develop their skills. They can offer this opportunity for kids who maybe can’t quite commit to the Academy teams, but can also provide a pathway into our Academy teams for kids who excel. These development centres see us work with over 40 kids – born from 2005 to 2009 – taking part in weekly futsal sessions.

Ultimately, in 2016 we have achieved more than I could ever have imagined. We have had some fantastic matches with Futsal Escocia in Fife. We have hosted our own 2007 festival, and had teams travel from as far as Carlisle. We won our first ever trophy when our 2006s won the Futsal Escocia Summer Cup. We travelled south to become the first ever kids futsal team to take on English opposition in England. We have had some fantastic games with Queens Park Youth sides, not to mention the number of kids we have worked with. We have just begun our Winter League, which has reached out to 50 teams! Currently, with our leagues and weekly sessions, we are working with between 500-600 kids every week purely in Futsal, which is for me amazing. We have achieved so much in 2016, and that makes for a very promising 2017 with some really exciting plans which I hope to announce towards the end of the month.

I would just like to finish off as I started by saying to a huge thank you to everyone who has helped Joga Futsal Academy grow in 2016. Parents – who I take my hat off to – your support really couldn’t be appreciated more! To Ger who has faithfully recorded our games in stills and video, which provides great memories for parents, kids and myself. Additionally, he designed our website. And thanks to my sister-in-law Lisa who, despite staying on the other side of the pond, has created our logo and all of our flyers. But lastly, and most importantly, thanks to all the kids who have attended our sessions over the past year. Thank you very much!!!

Look forward to seeing you all in 2017

David Galt


What is Futsal?

December 8, 2016 no comments Posted in News

Some articles and videos on the game of Futsal:
What is Futsal?

Basic Futsal Strategy:

Carlisle Futsal v Joga Futsal Academy 27/11/2016

November 24, 2016 no comments Posted in News

This Sunday 27th November 2016 will see a mixture of our 2007s & 2006s travelling south of the border to take on Carlisle Futsal Club.
This provides another fantastic opportunity for our kids, heading to England to be the first Scottish Youth Futsal side to do so for matches . Carlisle in August made the journey to Glasgow and from then we have looked to build a close relationship which hopefully will grow even more in 2017 with some really exciting plans . . . The following players will represent Joga on the day:

Game will take place at:
  • Euan Mackle 
    Lewis Mackle
    Rio Martin
    Calum Cameron
    Luke Jackson
    Taylor Clark
    Ronan Lee
    Nathan Kirby
    Cameron Greig
    Sorley Youngs

The Benefits of Futsal

November 2, 2016 no comments Posted in News

The Benefits of Futsal
Posted on July 22, 2014 by David Galt

1. More touches. The average players gets three times as many touches in a Futsal match compared to an outdoor football match. I would argue that it is even more! With fewer players, smaller space, and an emphasis on keeping the ball on the ground, you will have way more touches. This means you will have more time on the ball, make more decisions, be more involved, and gain more experience in a shorter period of time.

2. Quicker decision making. Because of the nature of the game you will be forced to make quicker decisions under pressure. There is no room to be nervous or panic. Instead, you must remain calm and make good decisions at a higher speed under more pressure. This can only be good for your development.

3. More 1v1 situations. Futsal forces you to engage in more 1v1 situations. You will become more comfortable taking players on and keeping possession of the ball. But you will also find yourself in more 1v1 defending situations. Futsal forces every player to play both ways. Both your attacking and defending futsal skills will improve every time you play.

4. Encourages creativity. Tight spaces and small nets will force you to find creative ways to break down defences and score on brave goalkeepers. You will have to use your technical skills but also your creativity to be unpredictable.

From Futsal to Football Superstars

October 21, 2016 no comments Posted in News

Cristiano Ronaldo
“During my childhood in Portugal all we played was Futsal. The small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played Futsal I felt free. If it wasn’t for futsal, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.”

Lionel Messi
“As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun and it really helped me become who I am today”

“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration… Futsal was very, very important. Futsal requires you to think and play fast. It makes everything easier when you later switch to football.”

Andres Iniesta
“The two sports have a lot in common. There are different tactics and moves, but there is the same essence of mastering the ball, combining and making quick decisions.”

“In Futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. In normal football you don’t necessarily identify talent as easily because it’s so much more physical. But with Futsal, you notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding” 

Neymar Jnr
“Futsal helps a lot because you need to think quickly. It’s a more dynamic game and today in Europe there’s not much space so you need to think quicker and Futsal has helped me a lot with that. Futsal is one of my passions. I always loved to play.”