With BBC Breakfast TV due to start their live broadcast from the beach at 6:00am we certainly weren’t happy to see thunderstorms in the air at 4:00am. Fortunately, there were only a few minor showers in the early part of the morning before the sun came out brightly to help show Beach Soccer in the light that it deserves to be put in.
BBC presenter, Mike Bushell and current England International, Fran Kirby, joined in with the England players. They soon found out how very different Beach Soccer is to normal football but appeared to enjoy it nevertheless. The BBC gave plenty of coverage to the sport throughout their 4 hour broadcast which ended with an interview with FA Chairman, Greg Dyke.
Sky Sports were also on hand to film Mark Wright, the Blue team captain having his first proper try at the sport. Mark, having previously played for England ‘C’, was keen to try his hand and did not look totally out of place as he soon adapted to the demands of the sand, scoring a couple of goals in the exhibition match (could a Beach Soccer career be beckoning?)
The Dorset FA in conjunction with Poole Council hosted an excellent day that saw teams from the Isle of Wight, the birthplace of Beach Soccer, travel over for the day. The England ladies team were also on hand and gained some valuable match practice against a very competent ladies team from Yeovil.
An excellent day was had by all and we’re confident that Greg Dyke left with a much better understanding as to why The FA should now finally get behind this very unique small sided version of our national sport.