PLAYER INSIGHT: Meet the Captains

October 7, 2018

University of Nottingham Futsal captains for the 2018/2019 FA National League and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) first team sat down with us to discuss the start to the season, life at the club and their ambitions for the future. We also asked them a little bit of inside trivia.


Pav Tomczak
FA National Futsal League Captain

“Following on from last season, it really feels like we’re moving in the right direction as a club. Start to this season has been great on and off the court for the whole club. We have a great group of players all the way throughout the club and there is a lot of things happening off the court, like partnership with PulseRoll and more, making UoN the most exciting futsal project out there. Personally I’m honoured to be the captain this season and I will give 100% every time I wear the Green and Gold colours.”

“The sense of togetherness across the club is amazing with team spirit very high at the start of this season. We now welcome the new lads (freshers) into the club and want to make sure they get that  UoN family feeling. We have a lot of strong characters in the club, but also everyone is very humble and wants to work hard for eachother, which makes the atmosphere so good. The programme and culture at the club is very professional & as I said before, it makes it the most exciting futsal project in the country. As players, we are given all the support we need on and off the court to improve.”

“I’m very happy and enjoy playing here at UoN Futsal, which for me is one of the most important aspects. The training programme at UoN gives me the best opportunity to improve as a player. It’s tailored to the needs of the team as well as players individually, helping me to improve certain aspect of my individual performance. Getting involved with BUCS UoN Futsal, either as a supporter or through supporting the coaching staff on match days, helped me grow as a person. I am really pleased that it’s been noticed by the club and resulted in my captaincy for this season.”

“As I mentioned, all the aspects on and off the court are spot on – high intensity training sessions, strength and conditioning gym sessions & video performance analysis are just a few great aspects of the programme at UoN. The time & effort spent by Marc and the student Commitee behind the scenes makes being a part of this club such an amazing experience. From what I know and have experienced it seems common knowledge that Marc gets the best out of players.”

“Personally my main aim this season is to win the National League, which will grant promotion to the Super League for next season. As to the whole club, I hope we continue to develop and promote futsal and I wish all players & teams across the club achieve their set goals for the season.”

Hardest Shot: Pav Tomczak
Best Trainer: Ryon Leyshon
Funniest: Connor Woodworth
Toughest: Lewis Bonsell
Most Under Rated :Dan Slater
Humble: Rob Symes
Players Player: Jonathan Alvarez Olieff
Brainiest: Sayantan Chowdhury


Connor Woodworth
FA National Futsal League Vice Captain

“The season has started so well with two wins from two games and we hope to continue this form into training and the next games. After joining the club at the back end of last year I’ve seen so much improvement on and off the court over the short period of time! The facilities at this club are second to none.”

“What I’ve noticed since joining is the squad for one has no egos, it’s a really tight nit, humble group of lads that genuinely want the best for each other! I think that’s why we’re having success on court because of our team cohesion off of it. For me the programme here at Nottingham is probably the best in the country in terms of support, facilities, spectatorship and more traits! I’d highly recommend it to anybody, especially young English futsal enthusiasts!”

“I have learnt so much in such a short space of time here and that’s down to the hard work of our coach and head of performance Marc Forrest. He’s incredibly demanding in every aspect, from personnel standards to performing in training and on a match day. Whilst as a person, the man management of players is incredible which helps the lads enjoy every minute and have confidence on court!”

“For me it’s the people involved, the facilities and the support we get from the club and the university. It has everything you need as an athlete to make you a better person and player! It is similar to being in at St George’s Park everyday we’re in!

“We are working tirelessly on and off court to better the club as a whole and make great strides to keep bettering ourself. Whilst on court the lads main aim for the season is to really push for promotion into the super league where we believe the club is meant to be. It’ll be difficult as there’s some great teams like Bolton, Cheshire, Tranmere and Derby to name afew but we’re going to give everything we have to make it possible.”

Hardest Shot: Pav Tomczak
Best Trainer: Lewis Bonsall
Funniest: Joe Kenny
Toughest: Joe Payne
Most Under Rated: Lewis Bonsell
Humble: Dan Slater
Players Player: Jonathan Alvarez Olieff
Brainiest: Rob Symes


Jonathan Alvarez
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) First Team Captain

“All at the club, couldn’t be happier with the way the season has gone so far. Two wins from two games. I believe the game at the weekend showed the hunger and desire from the team, to ensure we came away from the game against Derby with nothing other than 3 points.”

“Everyone knows how much I love this team and how I feel about this Club and to sign on for another two years is a special feeling”. “This year especially, as I´m a returning BUCS player also, an experience which I cannot wait to get involved with once more, as I have many great memories. The Club is moving in the right direction, we have got a great, young, mostly english squad. Hopefully we can achieve great things, both on and off court”.

“The support in place is outstanding. The club aims to provide opportunities to players, to better themselves not only as athletes, but also as individuals. Many different high-quality performance support services have been set up to aid our development, including for instance access to physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, overall promoting optimal performances. Not to mention, the outstanding facilities on offer at the club, with access to the recent new build that is the David Ross Sports Village and all its benefits. It is important to recognise all the staff behind the scenes for their amazing support too.

“The futsal programme already in place is incredible. Furthermore, I feel, I have benefited from being awarded a Sport Scholarship here at UoN, as it offers support not just economically but also sport-related. By reducing financial concerns, the scholarship can ensure I allocate more time to complete my masters and play futsal, ultimately increasing my chances of attaining the best possible learning experience from university as well as sporting success.”

“Our ambition as a club is to gain promotion to the FA National Super League. If we continue to play the way we’ve been playing this season, I am confident we can go above and beyond our aims and objectives. Also, a personal goal in sight: I would love to one day play for the national team and represent my country – the dream of every Futsal player.” – as I am already involved with the England Futsal u23s/Development Squad.”

Hardest Shot: Pav Tomzak
Best Trainer: Ryon Leshon
Funniest: Connor Woodworth
Toughest: Joe Payne
Most Under Rated: Nick Lane
Humble: Sam McGrath
Players Player: Joe Kenny
Brainiest: Lewis Bonsell


Tom Gascoyne
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) First Team Vice Captain

“I am happy to be starting my second year playing for University of Nottingham Futsal. I love living here and playing for the club. We have a fantastic bunch of lads both on and off court, really high quality of futsal, quality coaching, unreal facilities, great culture in the changing room and training so what’s not to like! I think this year we have a great chance to do well in BUCS and get promoted to the super league. It would be great to see as many people as possible come support us at our games.”

“I have really developed my own understanding of the game along with the rest of the squad, tactically with the in-depth tactics, video sessions and training and I am happy to be taking on a leadership role this year. I look forward to training, to match days and being involved as much as possible due to the great team spirit we have.”

Hardest Shot: Pav Tomczak
Best Trainer: Connor Woodworth
Funniest: Tom Gascoyne
Toughest: Lewis Bonsell
Most Under Rated: Dan Slater
Humble: Joe Kenny
Players Player: Jonathan Alvarez Olieff
Brainiest: Sayantan Chowdhury