Von der Heyden Group to sponsor citizens
● Valletta FC to press for 11 foreigners as from next season
Valletta FC yesterday announced they had secured a new sponsorship deal with the Von der Heyden Group of Germany, who are now based in Valletta.
Club president Victor Sciriha said Valletta are doing their best to attract more sponsors to the club.
“Our budget is always on the increase – we need well over one million euros this year to cope and in the hope of winning titles as much as possible,” he said.
Valletta FC’s current sponsors also include Iniala. But in the near future, City hope to announce a new strong sponsorship with Tipico.
The chairman of City’s new sponsors, VDHG, Sven von der Heyden, said yesterday they hope to be able to invest in Malta in the near future in various boutiques, including one in the capital.
Von der Heyden, a self-proclaimed passionate fan of German giants Bayern Munich, said it was natural for VDHG to sponsor Valletta not only because their offices are located in the capital but also because he loves the city and its passionate football fans.
“We hope to help Valletta win the Premier League title again this season,” Von der Heyden said.
Pressing for 11 foreigners
Club president Victor Sciriha revealed yesterday that it is possible that as from next season, local Premier league clubs will be able to field 11 foreigners.
“This is because the pool of home grown players is too restricted,” he added.
Alexander Fenech, the vice-president of Valletta FC, revealed that the subject has already been discussed by the Premier Division Standing Committee (PDSC) and there seems to be a consensus among the majority of the clubs with regards the number of foreign players.
Fenech said that with 11 foreigners, clubs like Valletta would have a better chance of advancing in European competitions.
He also said he hopes that two of the big clubs, that is Valletta and Birkirkara, will have their own facilities. “For training alone, we spend over €50,000 at present. This is not fair,” he added.