July will be a very busy month for the National Youth Sector within the Malta Basketball Association with various national teams competing in official FIBA European Youth Championships.
In fact two national youth teams will be respectively in action in the coming week as the Women Under 18 team will be playing in Gibraltar whilst the Men Under 16 National squad will be in action in San Marino.
Under the guidance of Sandro Farrugia, the Under 18 national female side will be out to defend the silver medal won last in year in Andorra in the same category. Malta will play the first game on Monday at 18.45 against Andorra and the following games will be:
Tuesday 7th: 16.15 versus Scotland
Wednesday 8th: 18.45 versus Gibraltar
Friday 10th: 16.15 versus Wales
The Men Under 16 side and defending gold medallists, coached by Gabriele Alessi, will travel to San Marino where they have been grouped in Group A with Albania, Andorra and San Marino for the first phase of the competition.
Their first opponents will be Andorra at 16.30 on Monday and then the locals will play Albania on the following day at 1700 hours. On Wednesday 8th July, Malta will meet the hosts San Marino at 19.30 hours.
These will not be the only national youth teams in action during this month. The Men Under 18 national team will travel to Gibraltar next week to play in the European Division C Championships between July 14th and 19th whilst the Women Under 16 squad will be playing in Andorra between July 21st and 26th.
At the same time, a Maltese Under 17 selection, under the guidance of Fabrizio Mariani, will be also representing Malta in the FISEC games between the 9th and the 13th of July. The FISEC basketball competition will be entirely played in Ta Qali.