Following the unprecedented success of previous annual Futsal festivals held on a schools basis, this attraction for a big number of schoolchildren, boys and girls, is again on this year, an event which is highly-awaited by the schools fraternity in Malta and Gozo.
The festival, sanctioned by the MFA and organised through the collaboration of the Kunsill Malti Ghall-Isport and the Sports Promotion Unit (KMS-SPU) started with the first phase in November. Five-a-side matches were played on a class basis in the respective schools, with the participation of the different school classes.
These matches helped the teacher in charge to eventually choose the team to represent the particular school in the second phase which is due to be held indoors at the Cottonera Sports Complex between Monday 31 January and Friday 11 February. The matches will be played on weekdays except for two days, Wednesday 2 February and Thursday 10 February.
This complex at Cottonera is in contrast to the open venue of the Centenary Stadium where the festival was staged in previous years, and therefore more amenable for both participants and spectators.
During the festival members of the Malta FA will be present, among whom Robert Gatt the association’s new technical director, and Vic Hermans, the Malta Futsal national team coach. It is to be noted that MFA Futsal officials will be in charge of the matches during the inter-schools tournament.
All in all it is estimated that the number of participants of both sexes will approximately be 800, coming from schools in Malta and Gozo.
All the players will receive T-Shirts as a memento courtesy of the MFA and TeamSport, while General Soft Drinks (GSD) will provide the participants with Kristal water.
The MFA takes the opportunity to thank all the sponsors of the festival for their assistance in making the event so far an unqualified success.