Lija Athletic issue commemorative booklet

Lija Athletic F.C. released a commemorative booklet marking their promotion to First Division obtained last season after winning the Second Division league. Lija Athletic F.C. were therefore declared Champions after finishing first in the standings amassing a total of 48 points.

In this publication, one finds articles from the new MFA President, Hon. Dr. Tonio Borg MP, Hon. Dr. Tonio Fenech MP, the village mayor, as well as prominent officials of the Lija Athletic Football Club committee and its nursery. In one section, there is an article by one of Lija Athletic’s ex-Presidents about the football scene in Lija from the Past.

There were various celebrations around the village last May/June 2010, including an innovative event – the Lija Sports Festival that took place on June 5th and June 6th and included a 5-a-side football tournament in Lija Athletic’s 5-a-side pitch, 2 separate Fun Runs around the village (2K for the young participants and 5K for the older ones), as well as several other sport disciplines and fun games in the village main square ranging from basketball, football, volleyball and tennis.

This promotion was even more special for the tiny village of pictoresque Lija as it coincided with the 60th Anniversary since the Club’s inception with the M.F.A.

Meanwhile, in the souvenir booklet, one also finds the latest news and many photos of the new synthetic turf Lija/Balzan football pitch in R. Mifsud Bonnici Str., Lija that is very close to nearing completion. The club also invested heavily in restructuring works at the main premises as well as the building of a new club house at its training grounds. The committee would like to thank the Malta FA, Good Causes Fund and other ministries for the financial help offered in accomplishing such a dream.

A copy of this booklet may be obtained from the Club Secretary or by sending an e-mail to