The second edition of the L-Istrina Eurosport Football Nursery Fun Event will be held on Saturday 16th December at St. Aloysius College. Details about the fun festival were revealed during a press conference which was held at the Eurosport outlet in Birkirkara.
Eurosport Managing Director Christina Peresso explained that following a successful first edition which was held last year, in collaboration with the Malta Community Chest Fund, a second edition was being organised this year. She said that three hundred participants will be taking part this year, hundred more than in the first edition.
Besides the St. Aloysius Ground, part of the event will be held at the Infetti Grounds, Birkirkara. She thanked the Rector of St. Aloysius College and the Birkirkara FC committee for their support.
A total of twenty nurseries will be taking part, namely Birkirkara, Fgura United, Hamrun Spartans, Gzira United, Lija / Iklin, Mosta, Marsa, Melita, Mqabba, Naxxar Lions, Qrendi, Pembroke Athleta, Pietà Hotspurs, Zebbug Rangers, Santa Lucia, Kirkop United, Tarxien Rainbows, Paola Hibernians, Qormi and San Gwann.
All participants will be presented with a certificate signed by the President of the Republic Dr George Abela and a medal.
Christina Peresso confirmed that the company will be donating €10,000 to the Community Chest Fund and all participants will present a €5 donation towards l-Istrina. She said that hopefully contributions by other benefactors and the general public will increase the funds collected for l-Istrina.
She concluded her speech by thanking His Excellency Dr George Abela and Margaret Abela, Sergeant Mark Marlow, Captain Jonathan Borg, Ms Tessie Bonello, Mr Joe Micallef and Mr John Gatt for their support.
Youth FA General Secretary Joe Micallef said that players coming from the twenty nurseries will be playing in mixed teams. He said one of the main objectives of the festival is an educational one and therefore children are mixing and playing together.
Micallef explained that the Infetti Training Grounds will be divided into a number of stations where the young participants, aged 7 and 8, will take part in fun games under the supervision of established players.
The festival will be held on a 5-a-side basis according to the guidelines of the MFA Technical Centre.
He thanked all the participating nurseries for their support to this event which he said will definitely be another success.
Mrs. Margaret Abela said it was a pleasure to have this event being organised once again in order to raise funds for L-Istrina. Such events give satisfaction to those taking part and give courage to those people in need. She said the Community Chest Fund depended of the generosity of companies and the general public and appealed for more companies to organise events.
Mrs. Abela thanked Eurosport and appealed to the general public to support this event.