Although played in very inclement weather, a bonanza of good football was shown during Sliema WFN’s four-day football festival for Under 11 and Under 14 categories. This annual festival, with this year’s edition falling on the 30th anniversary since the foundation of the nursery, attracted the participation of another 12 nurseries being Birkirkara, Floriana, Hamrun, Luxol St Andrews, Melita, Mosta, Pembroke Athleta, Pietà Hotspurs, San Ġwann, Tarxien Rainbows, Valletta, and Żebbuġ Rangers.
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Fair play between all nurseries and their respective players and club officials made this year’s edition another successful event. At the beginning of each match a ‘RESPECT’ leaflet was distributed to each player and to their respective parents and supporters.
The Under 11 category was played on a Grassroots Football Festival basis so that the very young players are detached from undue pressure. The tournament came to an end with an exciting final of the Under 14 category which saw Sliema Wanderers clinching the title after beating Floriana in a penalty shootout. The RESPECT cup for this year went to Zebbug Rangers who got the highest points by match officials for the attitude and fair play shown by players, coaches / nursery officials and supporters.
Photos and video comments taken during the tournament are available on Facebook ‘Sliema Wanderers Fc Nursery’.