The Youth Football Association, in collaboration with the Kunsill Malti g?all-iSport launched the programme “Investing in the Future” during a press conference which was held at the Centenary Hall, Ta’ Qali.
Fr Hilary Tagliaferro thanked the Government, which through the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport and the KMS is helping Maltese sport move forward by providing adequate facilities and sports education, as in the case of the programs being launched. The Youth FA President urged nurseries to keep in mind that well-being and education of children is much more important than the results.
Bjorn Vassallo started by commending the Youth FA Council and each and every volunteer helping in the nurseries, because football at this level is a breath of fresh air for the future of the beautiful game. The MFA CEO urged all those involved in football to be always positive in their approach and face challenges with a professional attitude.
Vassallo announced that in the near future the MFA will introduce programs for Parent Clubs’ administrators, where amongst other things, the importance of nurseries, as for the future of the game will highlighted.
Kunsill Malti g?all-iSport Chairman Bernard Vassallo announced that all football nurseries will be able to participate in four programs: nutrition, psychology, bio-mechanical tests and child protection. He went to say that since there are thousands of children enrolled in football nurseries, one expects a very good take up in these programs which would help players improve their performances.
Bernard Vassallo praised the Youth FA and the MFA for being pro-active and proposed these programs and other Associations urged to come forward and see how the KMS can assist them to continue installing a sporting culture in our country.
In his speech, the Hon Clyde Puli said that such a program will take the sport to a more professional level and added dimension that such programs should be provided to train children and young athletes by each sports discipline.
The Parliamentary Secretary said the Government is endorsing this initiative organized by the KMS and the Youth FA because through this program the 8,400 children and youths from the 50 nurseries registered Youth FA can take benefit. Furthermore the program will be giving space to the parents of these children to participate and learn more about how to take care of their children’s health as well as their own.
Hon Puli concluded by saying that these kind of programs are indeed direct investment in our children’s future.
Photos: DOI – Jeremy Wonacott