Club partnership continues to flourish.
Sunderland’s head of international football development visited Malta last week as part of the club’s partnership with the Justin Haber Academy.
Graham Robinson, who works with the club’s partners around the world to create and deliver sustainable projects met with Malta’s International goalkeeper Justin Haber who in conjunction with Sunderland AFC helped launch the Justin Haber Academy.
The Sunderland delegate was taken on a behind the scenes tour of Malta’s national stadium and its training facilities where he was introduced to Malta’s Head Coach, Pietro Ghedin and his backroom staff. He later observed the national team’s training session ahead of their game against Gibraltar next month.
Later, Graham visited the Justin Haber Academy to deliver two sessions at their training facility located in Floriana. Graham led a number of different technique sessions to the youngsters, this included tasks such as passing and moving with the ball.
Graham said: “I am very impressed with the players understanding and ability, they are technically very good and we can see an improvement in the belief they are showing in their individual ability.”
Graham was also invited to the Maltese FA Headquarters to discuss coach education and the structure of Maltese junior football. In attendance at the meeting was Pierre Brincat who had visited Sunderland earlier in the year as part of the club’s partnership.
Pierre, who has coached Malta’s woman’s national team for over 11 years said: “We had a really enjoyable day at our FA premises in Ta’ Quali. Graham met a number of our coaches and officials and it was great to share ideas between both parties.”
Although a very small country, the passion for football in Malta is strong and with the support and help from Sunderland AFC, who share the club’s coaching expertise and academy football philosophy, it is hoped more youngsters will have the chance to make it in professional football.