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IFA Staff personal profile: Dylan Malpas

Still a Loughborough student and centrally contracted as England Blind goalkeeper, Dylan Malpas starts at home, in loughborough, his journey as goalkeeper coach. Last season he won the BUCS Championship with the Students Club and now aims to help the IFA and Super League goalkeepers step-up their game.

Full name: Dylan Malpas (Dyls)

Position: Goalkeeper Coach

Place and date of birth: Birmingham (easy to spot with that dodgy accent), 4/9/1995

Favourite sport (besides futsal, of course): Blind football (obviously)

A quote: Tough times don’t last but tough people do

A song: By the Way– Red Hot Chilli Peppers

A movie: Coach Carter

How did you first get involved in futsal: I got told it would suit my style of goalkeeping, so after being put in contact with Michael Skubala, I decided to make the change from Football to Futsal.

Best futsal memory: Winning BUCS Gold in 2016 alongside playing in the UEFA Cup and being called up to the national side at various age ranges.

Your futsal dream: To create a coaching legacy in the goalkeeping department that will change the way coaches look at the role of the Futsal Goalkeeper in the UK.

Staff personal profile: Michael Koopowitz

One of the new members of our performance faculty is actually a returner. Michael Koopowitz first arrived to Loughborough as a player of the Nike Academy, stayed as a Loughborough student, and played football and futsal for the University. He now comes back to work at the International Futsal Academy and Loughborough Futsal Club’s FA Futsal Super League team, and his work is already making a huge positive impact on our players’ experience.

Full name: Michael Ryan Koopowitz

Position: Performance Sport Science and Coaching Assistant

Place and date of birth: Johannesburg, South Africa. 03/06/1994

Favourite sport (besides futsal, of course): Cricket and Rugby

A quote: 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

A song: Ordinary Love – U2

A movie: The Dark Knight

How did you first get involved in futsal: Initially I wanted more training and thought it would be of benefit to me to play futsal and see where it takes me. Mo Sharid eventually helped me join

Best futsal memory: Debut for Loughborough Futsal in the national league. Scoring two goals and an assist. Also being involved in the BUCS final.

Your futsal dream: To be involved in a professional or international setup and participate in an international tournament.

Staff personal profile: Marc Forrest

One of the constants of the IFA in the last few years, Marc Forrest leads the Development group of the Academy and the National League 2 team, aiming to impulse our players to higher levels, whilst he continues his own development completing his degree in Sport Science and Coaching.

Full name: Marc David Forrest

Position: Development Manager

Place and date of birth: Oxford 17/10/1991

Favourite sport (besides futsal, of course): Athletics

A quote:

The Pessimist complains about the wind,
The Optimist expects it to change,
The Realist adjusts the sails

A song: Top Loader – Dancing in the Moonlight

A movie: The Dark Knight

How did you first get involved in futsal: Appointed by Idafe Perez Jimenez as fitness coach for Loughborough Futsal first team.

Best futsal memory: Reaching the 2013/2014 National Super League Grand Finals with Loughborough Futsal


Tue, 13th Jun 17

How the youngest team in the National Leagues qualified to the FA Futsal Cup Finals

Loughborough Academy, the team that serves as competition programme for International Futsal Academy players, are making history after becoming the first ever Development squad to reach the FA Futsal Cup finals.  And they did it in style, after beating one of the powerhouses in the FA Futsal Super League, Genesis Futsal Club. If you haven’t watched the game… View Article
Wed, 24th May 17

Loughborough Students miss on a second consecutive BUCS gold

Loughborough Students Futsal Club BUCS 1s, including many IFA players and coaches, travelled down to the Copper Box Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park on the 10th May to play Cardiff University in the BUCS Final, with hopes of making history in a fantastic sporting arena which hosted events such as Handball in the Olympics… View Article