Sport in brief: Fans travel boost

To help fans wanting to back United’s climb away from the Championship relegation zone the club is offering official coach travel at reduced rates for the remainder of the season.

The subsidy on Away Blade coach travel means significant savings can be made. For instance, prices for the Crystal Palace game have been reduced from £27 to £17, and from £14 to £9 for the Scunthorpe United game.

Supporters who have already purchased Away Blade coach travel for Crystal Palace and Scunthorpe can obtain a refund for the difference through the ticket office on 0871 995 1899 prior to the match day.

Travelling fans are reminded that United continue to ensure the Club complies with safeguarding procedures, making sure that all young supporters travelling on the Official Away Blade transport are properly supervised. Therefore, juniors aged under 16, will not be allowed to travel on the Away Blade Coaches without a responsible adult, aged 25 or over. A maximum of two juniors under 16 may travel with a responsible adult.

‘Keeper nets volley

Goalkeeper Curtis Holmes turned goalscorer as Sheffield FC Futsal maintained their lead at the top of the FA Northern National League.

He took advantage of Middlesbrough’s flying goalkeeper tactic in the second half to volley a goal the full length of the pitch as his side ran out comfortable 9-3 winners at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

Sheffield led 4-1 at half time through two goals each from England International Ben Mortlock and Ryon Leyshon. Manny Burgess, Richard Moore, Jonny Steel and an own goal plus the pick-of-the-bunch from Holmes added to the tally after the break.

Sheffield are offering free futsal coaching sessions to players, aged 15-18, at Sheffield Hallam University every Wednesday (6-8pm). It is hoped this will lead to the development of new teams who will compete in regional and national futsal competitions. Anyone interested contact Richard Moore on 07751234185 or email richard.moore@sheffieldfc.com for more information.

Global goalball contest

Concord’s award-winning community sports centre is to host an international Goalball tournament tomorrow and Saturday.

Squads from Algeria, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Germany and Sweden will all be competing at the Shiregreen-based centre, which was named the Fitness Industry Association’s Centre of the Year for 2010.

Goalball is a team sport designed for blind or partially sighted athletes who compete in teams of three and try to throw a ball with embedded bells into the opponents’ goal.

The players use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Blindfolds allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal footing with blind players.

All the right moves

The largest student judo tournament takes place in Sheffield on Saturday.

Over 20 Universities, from the UK and abroad, will enter several teams in the University of Sheffield International Student Teams competition which will be held in the Goodwin Sports Hall, Northumberland Road, from 9am to 5pm. It’s the 14th year Sheffield has hosted the event.

Sessions a big hit

Indoor Rounders is being organised by the South Yorkshire Rounders League every Monday at Fir Vale School, Owler Lane from 6.15 to 7.45 pm. The sessions are open to individuals and teams. Just turn up and play!

Full details can be obtained from Katy Beecher on 07738377901