Styles puts on the style for Bury in Man of the Match performance
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 @ 10:26 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Despite losing 3-1 to table-topping Sheffield United on Monday, Callum Styles saw his efforts rewarded with the Man of the Match award.

Callum, 16, made his debut for the Shakers in the final game of last season against Southend United, which made him the first player born in the new millennium to make an appearance in the Football League.

A product of Sala Soccer Schools Academy, Callum is tipped for a bright future in the sport.

Following his debut last May, Sala Soccer Schools founder Neil Lucas spoke to Reporter Sport about Callum’s undoubted ability. He said: “I was absolutely delighted when I heard Callum was going to make his professional debut for Bury in May.

“In my opinion, Callum had all the right attributes to succeed in football: technically brilliant; a great attitude and a desire to succeed.

“He’s a really nice kid who’s fully supported by his family.”

Such was Callum’s quality in the futsal arena that Neil believes a career in the sport isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. He added: “During his stay with Sala, Callum came on two trips to Spain with us.

“There were scouts from Barcelona looking at him, and I truly believe that he could pave a futsal career if football doesn’t work out.”

That’s not to say things won’t work out.

In fact, Neil is confident that a crop of current Sala Soccer players will eventually sign professional terms. He said: “We recently entered two teams into the Manchester Futsal Club Tournament.

“I’m delighted to say that both the Under 12’s and Under 14’s were crowned winners of their respective age groups.
“It’s been great to see a number of players who were released by Liverpool enjoying their football again.

“Sala provides them with a platform to attract the attention of professional clubs, so I’m really confident that a number will eventually make it.”

Catering for a whole spectrum of ages, Sala seeks to develop the technical aspects of players from 18months and above.

Of the 400 children who attend Neil’s classes per week, 200 of them are little strikers. Neil added: “We have a group of players aged 18 months to five-years-old.

“These are described as ‘the little strikers’.

“Basically, I try to help them form basic movements, such as jumping, hopping and skipping.

“We also try a little bit of ball manipulation which will help them massively when they’re older.”

When Neil isn’t on futsal duty, you might well find him at Stalybridge Celtic.

As the Under 10’s manager, Neil attempts to incorporate aspects of futsal into the beautiful game. He said: “The proper football season has ended now, so we’ve entered the East Manchester summer football league to maintain fitness and enjoyment.

“We’ll also be taking part in lots of futsal in order to improve the technical ability of players.”

Recently appointed as the Vice Chairman of Celtic, Neil is urging any local business to sponsor the Under 10’s training kit. He concluded: “Mossley Tax Shop has sponsored the playing kit, but we’re in need of someone to sponsor the training kit.

“Sala are also on the lookout for sponsorship, so if anyone is interested in doing so, please feel free to contact me.”
Neil’s twitter account can be found at the following: @salasocceruk