After having successfully hosted international football teams such as PSV Eindhoven from the Netherlands, Legia Warsaw from Poland, and now Italy’s Fiorentina ACF for their winter break training camp, Malta will continue working to develop this market, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima said.
Addressing a press conference alongside Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi, Mr Grima said that in recent years, the number of requests from important European clubs to organise training camps in Malta had significantly increased.
"Malta has the ideal ecosystem to host such high-level events, including high-quality pitches, a good standard of accommodation, good weather all year round, a fantastic atmosphere and many people who follow football."
“To support this increase in demand, we decided to continue improving our facilities to be in the position to host more clubs and keep on developing this market.”
It was stated at the press conference that such professional football training camps had generated thousands of bed nights in January, February and March, thanks to efforts by the Malta Tourism Authority - a welcome boon during the tourism industry's low season.
Fiorentina ACF will play two matches against Maltese football teams, Gzira Utd and Hibernians. Coach Stefano Pioli, Vice-President Gino Salica and legendary ex-player Giancarlo Antognoni, now part of the club’s management, attended the press conference.
Gzira UTD coach, Darren Abdilla and Hibernians coach, Stefano Sanderra, who were also present, expressed their satisfaction in having their teams play against Serie A giants.