Malta Football Association
Grassroots

GRASSROOTS ACTIVITIES

 

- Nursery Festivals are sanctioned by the MFA. Permits are being issued and about 33 local festivals are monitored annually, with permissions granted for participation in different overseas tournaments.

 

- The Futsal Shools Festival, launched in 2008, are held for all schoolchildren, boys and girls, attending state schools, church and private schools. In a recent festival held at the Cottonera Sports Complex 800 children from 56 schools participated. Another five-a-side festival for girls only attending private schools was also organised, with the participation of seven schools. This festival was held at outdoor pitches of different schools   

 

- MFA Girls five-a-side football Summer, Easter and Christmas festivals are also held. At the Easter festival for U-11 and U-13 girls in April 2011 seven U-11 and eight U-13 teams participated. The summer festival was held in September, with the participation of four U-11 and five U-13 teams, whilst the Christmas festival had seven U-11 and nine U-13 teams participating.

 

 

NEW INITIATIVES

 

- The main event of the UEFA Grassroots Day for the first time consisted of the MFA hosting schools for a day of activities at the association’s training grounds at Ta’ Qali where around 400 children participated. The majority of these youngsters were aged between eight and ten years. Gozo hosted a similar event. Nurseries having mini-pitches hosted children of the surrounding localities for a weekend of friendly festivals.

 

- Beach soccer for football nurseries was introduced in July/August. This had the participation of the U-15, U-17 and U-19 women’s teams as well as that of Fgura Utd., Sta Lucia and Birżebbugia St Peter’s Nurseries.

 

- New application forms were issued for the organisation of local nursery tournaments and participation in foreign tournaments.

 

- An MFA manual was issued with detailed guidelines for the organisation of local football festivals intended to streamline these events.

 

- In November a pilot project was launched for promotional football sessions through nurseries in primary schools. This programme was initiated through the MFA’s partnership with the Sports Promotional Unit (SPU) within the Kunsill Malti Għall-Isport. San Ġorg Preca College was chosen for this pilot phase. This comprised Floriana, Hamrun GP, Hamrun SS, Marsa, Paola A, Paola B, Pieta and Valletta schools. In view of logistical requirements only a maximum of two-age groups were targeted. The ideal brackets were the 7 – 9 year-olds. This meant that 400 schoolchildren are participating in this pilot project. Sustainability is ensured through monitoring and administrative support.

 

- The groundwork is being prepared to launch the second college next year. Meanwhile, other nurseries who would like to work in schools have been approached and contacts with the SPU have been set up. Thus the nurseries will carry out the football sessions in schools.

 

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