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Planning Authority approves full development permit for National Football Centre construction

An application submitted by the Malta Football Association for the construction of a National Football Center was approved by the relevant authority, on Friday.

This project consists of the construction of a set of facilities that would be the home of the Malta national football teams, from the very early ages through a development pathway to the elite.

It will also feature the latest in sports science research labs, medical facilities, physiotherapy clinic, gymnasium, dressing rooms, catering facilities, multi-function meeting and lecture rooms, relaxation room and technical offices in line with UEFA’s Best Practice Guide to Training Centre Construction and Management. 

The centre has been designed with environmental protection and sustainability in mind.

The facility will also serve as the home of the development arm of the Association, the Inħobb il-Futbol Foundation, today in its early stages but considered as a key pillar of the Malta FA’s strategy, tasked with implementing a performance strategy through a unified football philosophy, increasing participation levels, protecting player welfare and enhancing the social mission through football. 

This investment will provide a state-of-the-art practice facility that includes a Category 1 stadium for domestic, international and sports tourism use.

It will also stage international matches such as the UEFA U-19’s championship finals in the summer of 2023. The Malta FA has partnered with the National Development and Social Fund for the funding of this project.

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