The Floriana F.C. Nursery is one of the most popular and successful football nurseries in Malta. The number of national competitions in the youths section of local football won by the Floriana F.C. Nursery teams throughout its years of existence and the large number of Nursery boys who made the grade to the Premiership and the National sides are proof of this success story.
It all began in 1987. At that time the youth teams of our club were in total disarray and something needed to be done to rectify the situation as soon as possible. A year before, the club had reclaimed its rightful place amongst the elite of Maltese football after being relegated at the end of season 1984/85. The club wanted to reorganise its youth section on a professional basis and it was thus that the Nursery was set up. The first Nursery product to make it to the Premier side was Mario Caruana (picture) who made his debut during the 1991/92 season at the age of 16 years 8 months. From that day to the present, the Nursery has provided the club with innumerable players of a very high standard.
The first national championship was won by our U/16 side at the end of season 1993-94. The Nursery sides went on to dominate the Youth Competitions organised by the Youth F.A. and M.F.A in the 90’s. The U/16’s won the National title again in seasons 94/95, 95/96, 96/97, 99/00 and in season 01/02. The U/14 team won the honours in season 95/96, 97/98 and 2001/02. The Floriana F.C. Youths team (U/18’s) were crowned champions in 96/97, 97/98, 98/99, 99/00, 01/02 and 02/03. The last major honour won by a Nursery side was the U/14 knock-out competition won at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Today, the Floriana F.C. Nursery provides training programmes all year round for boys / girls from the tender age of four years till the age of nineteen. The applicants are divided in different groups according to age and each group is taken care of by two qualified coaches. This coming season the Nursery has been given the job of taking care of the U/19 squad as this was deemed by the Club’s central committee to be a step that provides more continuity and care to the boys and in turn assures a better final product for the club itself. The Nursery is managed by a dynamic team under the Presidency of Dr. Hugh Peralta. During the Christmas holidays the Floriana F.C. Nursery organises one of the best local football tournaments.
Throughout the season all Nursery teams participate in a good number of tournaments organised by different nurseries. The Nursery committee also organises other social activities which help to create a healthy and friendly atmosphere between players, parents, coaches and organisers. Naturally these activities are also a source of income for the Nursery which has to budget large amounts of money to provide its professional services year in, year out. These activities are well recorded in the Nursery’s annual publication (Nursery News / Goal) which is without doubt a must for al local football enthusiasts.