Malta Football Association
NEWS:
A FIRST FOR AN ALL GIRLS TEAM PARTICIPATION IN THE GATORADE FUN FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
Dec 21, 2012
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Photo courtesy of Joe Borg
Photo courtesy of Joe Borg

  • Photo courtesy of Joe Borg
  • Photo courtesy of Joe Borg
  • Photo courtesy of Joe Borg
  • Photo courtesy of Joe Borg
  • Photo courtesy of Joe Borg
  • Photo courtesy of Joe Borg

The MFA U-13 Girls Academy is participating for the first time in the Youth FA’s ‘Gatorade Fun Football Festival’ Under 13 Category. 


 

 

It has long been felt that the girls need more exposure to the game in the way of match practice. Tournaments organised regularly are of great benefit in this respect, with the Gatorade event providing a sound platform for girls to participate with boys of the same age-group. This could only help to develop further these young girls’ progress and love for the game.

 

The Girls’ Under-13 MFA Academy have been meeting once a week under the guidance of coach Dorianne Theuma assisted by Melanie Bajada and Michelle Zahra. The aim of this academy is to prepare girls to form part of our future national teams in years to come, whilst nurturing their development from a tender age. Attention is given to the technical progress in basic skills and knowledge of the game.  

 

In the tournament, the girls could not have started on a better note as played their two matches superbly.

 

‘The girls played very good football and they showed fine technical and tactical skills. Overall I am happy with their performance,’ were the first comments by coach Theuma who emphasised that the matches were a positive experience for the youngsters.

 

‘One could also notice a couple of particularly talented girls, who went past opponents with smooth runs and they did this with consummate ease.

 

‘Seeing these young girls playing good football against their male counterparts is not so common. The teamwork, amid a feeling of enjoyment, was also of a good standard. These qualities could be seen and appreciated by all those watching these matches,’ Theuma said.

 

The girls are now looking forward to extending their learning process, and this augurs well for the future. All the women’s football fraternity in Malta will certainly look to a brighter future as these young recruits continue to make progress.

 

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