Manchester Futsal Club’s ‘Treble-winning’ men’s team qualify for Europe

Futsal is the football game with more goals, more action – and absolutely no mud.

Manchester Futsal Club have made a name for themselves over the past ten years and have praised the ‘groundbreaking’ support of the WeDo Business Services group after the senior men’s team won control in national competitions and qualified for Europe for the first time.

The seniors won the FA National Futsal Series treble this season – the league, League Cup and Grand Final – and will represent England in the UEFA Futsal Champions League, which starts in August.

Following these accolades, Manchester was crowned club of the year in the league, and individual members of the squad were also among the national honours. Captain Jordan Edge, the league’s leading goalscorer, was named player of the season and Sam Richardson was named head coach of the year.

Other highlights of a memorable campaign included the women’s team finishing second in the FA National Women’s Super Series Tier 2 North. Manchester Met Futsal, which is supported by Manchester Futsal Club, won the British Universities and Colleges Sport Men’s Northern League Tier Two, earning promotion to the Northern League Tier One.

At the start of the season, WeDo agreed to a three-year partnership as title sponsor of Manchester Futsal Club, promising to provide £10,000 in financial support each year. The company’s logo appears on all club shirts. In addition, WeDo has provided a minibus to transport players to matches in the United Kingdom.

Club founder and CEO Simon Wright said: “The partnership with WeDo has helped by supporting all aspects of the club’s development and has pushed us to achieve our most successful season to date.

Simon Wright, Founder and CEO of Manchester Futsal Club, with Mark Lindsay from WeDo Business Services
Simon Wright, Founder and CEO of Manchester Futsal Club, with Mark Lindsay from WeDo Business Services

“The sponsorship has mainly been used for travel and accommodation costs, and for the costs associated with participating in a national competition. The minibus is a game changer for us.

“Indoor football is still an amateur sport and we are a grassroots organisation, so WeDo’s sponsorship has been crucial in providing players with the best possible support and setting them up to succeed. It has meant that players can play the night before an early away match were able to travel and stay the night, instead of leaving at 5am to get to the location on time.

“That’s been the key to our success, making sure the players could focus on the game, with that financial security. It certainly made a significant contribution to the men’s team remaining undefeated all season and performing at the highest level in Europe for the first time.

“It has also given the club more visibility in the Manchester area and everywhere over the UK. WeDo really understand the ethos of the club, which is about creating a positive learning environment and being proud to represent Manchester.”

Simon added: “We see futsal as a global sport that is growing in popularity and profile, and WeDo’s support has allowed us to reach more people, engage new fans and promote the great work the club does locally bringing attention to give young players a path to follow in the sport.

“Just like WeDo, we are ambitious and want to expand both locally and internationally in the coming years. We aim to compete in the UEFA Futsal Champions League every season.”

Indoor football is a fast-growing sport that is officially recognized by UEFA and FIFA. Many top footballers played Futsal in their youth and helped them develop their skills, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

It is a five-a-side version of soccer, played on an indoor court with hockey-sized goals. Games last 20 minutes each half and are played with a stop clock similar to that in basketball, with time-outs allowed and unlimited substitutions. The sport’s name is a combination of the Spanish words futbol and sala, meaning soccer and indoor, respectively.

Manchester Futsal Club, founded in 2006, plays its home matches at the 3,500-seat National Cycling Center in SportCity. It has a growing youth program offering boys and girls aged six to 16 across Greater Manchester the opportunity to play and learn the sport.

Mark Lindsay, co-CEO and co-founder of the WeDo group, said: “Investing in our local community is an important part of our ethos, and we are pleased to be able to support the fantastic work of Manchester Futsal Club.

“Encouraging young people to take up sport and lead a more active and fulfilling life is extremely important, and futsal is a great opportunity for them.

“The sport has a bright future in Manchester and we are proud to be part of its further development. We are delighted to have played a part in the club’s success this season and wish them the best of luck as they continue to compete in Europe.”

The WeDo group offers invoice and trade financing, asset financing, loans and start-up financing, as well as accounting, HR, back office and IT services.

Mark and Chris Robinson founded WeDo in 2019 with just four employees and the company has grown rapidly through organic expansion and acquisitions. It currently employs more than 70 staff across its Oldham headquarters and network of offices.

Total lending now exceeds £50 million, and the aim is to reach £100 million within the next three years. The group’s national customer base includes sectors such as recruitment, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and wholesale.

The group has supported numerous charities and community causes over the years, including being title sponsor of Manchester Remembers, a Celebrities v Legends football match that raises money for charities set up following the Manchester Arena terror attack. This year the match will take place on Sunday 28 July at Boundary Park, home of Oldham Athletic FC.

WeDo has also helped organizations such as Mustard Tree, Emmeline’s Pantry, the Cindy Appleyard Foundation, children’s charity Wipe Your Tears, Wood Street Mission, Shelter, Cash for Kids and We Love MCR Charity’s Rising Stars Fund in a variety of ways, both through volunteering and through donating goods and cash, and through fundraising.

For more information about Manchester Futsal Club, please visit their website