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HISTORY

A DREAM THAT CAME A REALITY

In the late 80’s the Mgarr United committee believed that, in order that one day our senior teams could move forward, the club had to have its own football nursery to produce young good players to serve as a supply line for our senior teams.

The late Mr Joe Schembri, at that time Secretary of Mgarr United FC, sent a letter to parents of Mgarr boys in the hope of bringing boys together to set up a nursery. Unfortunately, Mr Schembri’s wish remained just that – a wish.

When in 1992/3 Mr Saviour Caruana and Club President Mr Joe Vella were invited on a sports programme on a local radio station, the former, at that time coach of Mgarr United expressed his strong belief that football in our village could not show any progress unless the club took steps to form a nursery, The task was not an easy one. However, when Mr Caruana approached Mr Paul Vella (member of the Mgarr Local Council in charge of sports) the latter offered immediate and unstinted assistance. A committee was therefore appointed and this was composed of Mr Paul Vella, Mr Saviour Caruana, Mr Robert Vella, Dr A.Chircop, Ms Pawla Grech, and Mr David Said from the Parent Club.

The beginning was hard but the newly formed Committee did not look backwards. After twelve months spent by the committee in settling many issues, in season 1996/97 the nursery started with 60 boys in the Under 10s to Under 16s. The first two coaches were Mr Saviour Caruana and Mr Dorian Law. Mr Robert Vella was appointed as the nursery’s first Secretary. Main Activities Organised by Mgarr Youth Nursery, Youth F.A., and others
Entering Festivals of Youth F.A. and other Festivals and Tournaments orgainsed all over Malta.
Organising own annually festivals: ‘The Joelan Vella’ Memorial festival at Easter time and the Pepsi Festival at the end of the season.
Holding the annual Penalty ‘Shoot Out’ competition for all age groups, at the end of the season.
Twice played in Acireale Sicily tournaments and in 2000 took part in one of the best tournaments in Europe, namely, in Liverpool where we took part with the Under 14 and Under 16 teams.
Twice a group of our boys went to a ‘live in’ for 3 days in a training camp at Ta’Qali sports complex under the care of our coaches.
In 2001 the Nursery won the ‘Mediterranean Cup’ in one of the best tournaments in Malta namely that organized by San Gwann Youth Nursery. Our boys were under the guidance of coach Mr. Sonny Micallef.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

President: Paul Vella;
Vice President: Angelo Vella;
Secretary: Elaine Vella;
Ass. Secretary: Mario Sammut;
Treasurer: Alison Vella;
Ass. Treasurer: Tonio Abela;
Members: David Said.

COACHES

Headcoach: Carmel Micallef
Under 17: Saviour Micallef
U17 ass: Ryan Vella
Under 15: Chokri Trabelsi
U15 Ass.: Glen Debono
Under 13: Quelin Spiteri
U13 Ass.: Andrew Deguara/ Glen Debono
Under 11: Edison Sapiano
U11 Ass.: Chokri Trabelsi
Under 9: Quelin Spiteri
U9 Ass.: Glenn Debono
Under 7: John Role'
U7 Ass.: Mary Muscat, Malcolm Bartolo

CONTACT INFO

Address:
Mgarr Nursery Football Club,
Triq il-Plejju,
Mgarr,
Malta.

Tel:
+356 21574209

Email:
nursery@mgarrutd.com