It is said that “a stitch in time saves nine”, whereby a timely effort can prevent the development of future obstacles of a much larger extent. Well, in this case, a stitch in time saves… Fives. And this is exactly what founder and CEO of Fives Futbol, Adam Fine and his team are aiming to do.
In light of Women’s month, Fives Futbol and Total Sports hosted the second annual ladies 5v5 tournament at the Fives Grand Central courts on 18 August 2017 to promote football amongst females and raise funds for Girls and Football SA.
Fine acknowledged that football is still seen as a predominantly male sport. Therefore, the Girls and Football SA initiative uses football to encourage women empowerment and break down the stereotypes around the sport.
The tournament hosted six fierce teams playing against one another at ten minute intervals. Players were given the option of allowing one male to join their team with four females constantly present on the field throughout each match.
The speed, stamina and technical ability of each team was a sight to behold. However, being competitive was not the most significant aspect of the tournament. It was also a platform for individuals from different backgrounds and ages to interact with one another in a social environment.
Teams showed great potential and good sportsmanship as they even cheered for their opposition during the tournament.
Primarily, Fives Futbol not only promotes the expansion of football but it also encourages healthy living as players are constantly active throughout their match. It introduces a shorter format to football, allowing players to develop high technical skills while engaging in this activity. The short game times, manageable teams and small pitches make it a perfect setting for corporate team building and social development.
When asked how Fives Futbol compares to an 11-a-side match, Fine responded by saying: It’s a completely different game. It’s more fun if you ask me because goals scored are higher [and] the technical ability is better in a smaller space. It allows any amateur to run around and experience all facets of football vs 11-a-side when you might be stuck on the wing and never get the ball.”
He went on to highlight the importance of job creation through sports in a society where high youth unemployment is prevalent. He said: “I think sport teaches many valuable life lessons. And if we can get more and more people playing any kind of sport, that’s a positive outcome.”
Fine concluded with the rising achievement of the Fives Futbol franchise saying, “I’m very happy that we’re the first national five-a-side operator. We’ll have 42 pitches in four provinces by February , which is exciting. We’ve trebled in size in 12 months. I think the sky’s the limit.”
All uncredited photos courtesy of Fives Futbol.
For more information, visit www.fivesfutbol.co.za