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.

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