President Mr. Vassallo outlined plans for the future of beach soccer on the island
During a press conference organized by the Malta Beach Soccer Association on Friday, Mr. Vassallo spoke about the vision and mission of the association.
“Our mission is to embrace and pass on the sports values to others, while developing the game of beach soccer through the organization and management of high quality local and international tournaments in accordance with the strategies of the Malta Football Association”, said Vassallo while addressing the media present.
“With the help of Sports Malta and the Malta Football Association, I believe we can make Malta an international destination for beach soccer”, he added.
Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organizations, Dr. Clifton Grima, expressed his satisfaction and committed that the government will be part of this journey for the future of this sport in Malta.
Malta Football Association vice-president, Dr. Matthew Paris, said that the country has a great potential for beach soccer and also for sports tourism in general since Malta, being located in the centre of Mediterranean Sea with its sandy beaches and sunny months, has all the ideal attributes to organise such tournaments and events.
The first official event for beach soccer will be the Nestlè Ice Cream Beach Soccer Cup, a domestic tournament held at Pretty Bay in Birzebbuga between August 27th and September 6th.
The beach soccer association hopes to establish a national team that will eventually compete in international competitions such as the Euro Beach Soccer League and the Mediterranean Games.
After several difficult months, positive news such as these recent developments in Malta and from across the beach soccer world show that the sport’s future is bright indeed.