YOUNGSTERS in York can learn how to play football like Brazil thanks to a new BTEC diploma.

The Level 1 Futsal and Education programme will be launched this summer by York City Football Club in partnership with York Learning.

Futsal is the five-a-side version of football, played with a smaller ball and largely credited with developing the skills traditionally showcased by the five-time World Cup winners.

This BTEC Sport and Active Leisure diploma will also give students the opportunity to study English, Maths and Employability, while representing York City against other Football League futsal sides.

The course presents a perfect chance for pupils who are seeking a career in the sport and leisure industry, but do not currently have the necessary qualifications.

Anybody interested in the programme should attend an open day event at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday, July 22 from 4pm to 8pm when York Learning tutors and York City coaches will be in attendance.

Places on the open day can be reserved by emailing or phoning 01904 624447.

York City in the Community coach Simon Wood said: “The programme will give players a fantastic opportunity to develop football skills and fitness while being a part of North Yorkshire’s only professional club.

“The players will train three times a week, as well as play against other professional clubs, while working towards gaining a BTEC qualification in sport and increasing their future prospects in the work place.”

City development consultant Richard Cresswell has also given the programme his support, adding: “This is a great chance to be part of a professional football club and also gain a qualification in the sport industry. I am personally looking forward to seeing the students down at Bootham Crescent.”