Youth FA president Fr Hilary Tagliaferro launched his short movie, ‘From Street Football to UEFA Champions’ during an event which was held on Saturday morning at the Centenary Stadium. This movie details the story of football in Malta from Fr. Hilary’s perspective, highlighting the birth of grassroots football all the way to the present day.
The Youth FA invited a selection from the Under 12s of all the member nurseries to participate in an 8 vs 8 fun festival, sponsored by Gatorade, before watching the movie, highlighting the birth of the Youth Football Association, under the then MFA President, George Abela up to the modern facilities which all the nurseries enjoy under the current MFA President of Norman Darmanin Demajo.
Fr. Hilary then told the children present to appreciate how much the facilities have improved, a big step forward from the pitches and balls used in his days. The Youth FA President appealed to all the children present to spend more time practising the beautiful game, instead of playing on their computers, as this is much more healthy and will help them make friends which last a lifetime.
MFA President, Norman Darmanin Demajo, thanked Fr. Hilary Tagliaferro and H.E. George Abela for their service towards grassroots football and retaliated that his dream of having an adequate training pitch for each and every nursery on the island is almost complete.
The President of Malta, H.E. George Abela, appealed to the children to enjoy and love playing football, as the beautiful game will make them better men.
MFA Vice-President Ludovigo Micallef, KMS Chairman Bernard Vassallo, Technical Director Robert Gatt, MFA Deputy General Secretary (Grassroots, Youth Development & Education) Maria Mifsud and all the MFA Technical Staff were present for this launch.
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