The University of Malta Futsal team has signed a deal which makes them the parent club of the newly established UM Futsal Academy.
The deal comes hot on the heels of weeks of speculation surrounding the new UM Futsal Academy, with some indications being given that the team would function independently from the already established UM Futsal team.
However the two teams have signed a long-term agreement that puts down any such speculation. The new team will, as its name denotes, act as an academy for the main UM Futsal team, giving the opportunity for players to develop and gain match experience before making the step up to the main team.
The Academy team is an effective rebrand of what was the Junior College Futsal team during last season. That team attained limited success in terms of results, but gave opportunity to a number of new players to futsal, with some such as pivot Albert Aquilina excelling and eventually being promoted to the main team.
Veteran Chris Azzopardi has been appointed to coach the academy squad while for the first time since its inception, there won’t be Kyle Sultana on the touchline for the main team after he stepped away from futsal at the end of last season when he led the club to its maiden trophy in the FMA Knock-Out. Sultana is now the club’s ambassador.
University of Malta Futsal’s season has already begun through the Super Cup, where they were beaten 13-1 by reigning league champions Valletta Futsal.
The team’s league commitments will ironically start against its own Academy, on 13 October.