The first edi­tion of the FMA Ju­nior Fes­ti­val

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Fut­sal Malta As­so­ci­a­tion, in its 5th an­niver­sary, had taken the ini­tia­tive to or­gan­ise the first edi­tion of the FMA Fut­sal Fes­ti­val, for the first time, for chil­dren who were born be­tween 2004 and 2005 (U12/13). The re­sponse was quite pos­i­tive, as the for­mat of this fes­ti­val was dis­cussed with the parte­ci­pants, to make sure that the prin­ci­pal goal will be reached.

In a press con­fer­ence, the FMA Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Clau­dio Az­zopardi, ex­plained the for­mat and the ex­pec­ta­tions of this fes­ti­val, and thanked the parte­ci­pant clubs, for their di­rect par­tic­i­pa­tion in the dis­cus­sions. The fi­nal vi­sion of the FMA, is that it em­barks on a Na­tional Academy of Fut­sal, af­ter the game of fut­sal in Malta gains a cer­tain amount of de­vel­op­ment in the grass­roots sec­tor.

The FMA Pres­i­dent, Mark Borg, ar­gued on the game of fut­sal, as a 'de­vel­op­ment game', as re­ferred also by FIFA and UEFA, to com­pli­ment the game of football, in the de­vel­op­ment of the ba­sic skills, agility and tech­nique, an is­sue which the FMA Ju­nior Fes­ti­val is go­ing to en­sure, in an en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment.

The chil­dren will be free to choose for which club they want to play for, and are bound with the par­tic­u­lar club they choose to play for, for that par­tic­u­lar sea­son.

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for the Sport, Chris Agius, re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the fact that the FMA con­tin­ued to work for the de­vel­op­ment of the game, in new sec­tors, although re­cently it faced the prob­lem of find­ing the fa­cil­i­ties to or­gan­ise its com­pe­ti­tions. Onor. Agius, in fact, stated that the gov­ern­ment will work in the fu­ture, for fut­sal to have its ded­i­cated fa­cil­i­ties in Malta and Gozo, while also ar­gued, that it was in­stru­men­tal that the Corradino con­tract was ex­tended.

John Schem­bri, the di­rec­tor of the Shield Se­cu­rity Con­sul­tants, which are the main spon­sors for this fes­ti­val, stated that it is an hon­our for him and his com­pany, to be part of this am­bi­tious project.

Eight teams ap­plied for this first edi­tion of the FMA Ju­nior Fes­ti­val. Th­ese are Luxol, Sliema, Żeb­buġ, Mosta, Pi­età, Marsaxlokk, Balzan and the Malta Fut­sal School. All matches will be played ev­ery Tues­day in the Bas­ket­ball Pavil­ion at Ta' Qali, and in the Na­tional School of Sports at Pem­broke.

Photo: Joe Borg

The Ju­nior Fut­sal Fes­ti­val will be or­gan­ised for the first time

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