Tony Bajada - The Nursery Founder
The Tony Bajada Memorial has been organised on annual basis during the Easter holidays since 2002. The tournament is dedicated to the late Tony Bajada, founder of Hamrun Spartans FC Youth Nursery in 1987.
The Tony Bajada Memorial is probably the most popular youth football festival organised by a football nursery in Malta. This festival is an annual fixture for the top Maltese football nurseries and is fully booked in a matter of a few days as local football nurseries recognise the excellent organisation and the good level of the festival. The fact that this is the only Maltese website dedicated to a football festival provides further proof of the excellent organisation.
Throughout the years, the festival has also attracted the interest of a number of international teams. For more information on international participation, please click here.
The Tony Bajada Challenge Cup is presented to the winner of the Under 14 Category. In accordance with Youth FA regulations, no winner will be declared in the other categories. Each participating player (in all the other categories) will be presented with a memento at the end of the festival. All festivals are organised with the permission of the MFA Grassroots Committee.
Tony Bajada (1940-2001)
The venue of this Festival “the Victor Tedesco Stadium“ gives added prestige to the event as the young players are given the unique opportunity to play in a stadium where top level football is played. The Hamrun Nursery is one of only two local football nurseries which organises football festivals at a stadium where Maltese Premier League football is played.
The following are the age categories and tournament days of the Tony Bajada Memorial:
- Under 6 Played over one/two days, any day of the week
- Under 8 Wednesday*
- Under 10 Wednesday* - Thursday
- Under 12 Saturday
- Under 14 Thursday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday**
* First week
** Second week
The tournament for the Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12 is held on a league basis whilst that for the Under 14 is held on a group stage in the first phase and knock-out stage in the second stage. Foreign teams can request to play on particular days to accommodate flights.
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Downloads - Forms and Regulations
Hamrun Spartans FC Youth Nursery and Hamrun Local Council would like to thank the tournament sponsors Liquigas Malta Ltd, Apple Core Foods, Farsons plc, the Bajada family, Hamrun Spartans FC Executive Committee, Hamrun Sports Complex plc, The Youth FA and the Amateur, Youth and Grassroots Committee.