Loreto Scicluna awarded 18th edition of ‘Gieh Ghajnsielem’
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The Mayor of Ghajnsielem, Francis Cauchi awarded the 18th edition of the ‘Premju Gieh Ghajnsielem’ to Loreto Scicluna, during a special ceremony held at the Grand Hotel. The award commends his achievement with the Ghajnsielem Football Club as a player, in the administration and as archivist.
Loreto Scicluna, was born in Gozo in 1964, son of Carmel and Mary Scicluna, and brother of Antoinette and Joseph started his career with Ghajnsielem F.C. in 1977. He made his debut for the senior team in 1981.
Following his immigration to Canada, his playing career resumed in 1993 and a season later he became team captain, a role he served until 2004. He played in several different positions during his career and won several cup competitions with the club including the 04/05 championship winning squad. Loreto was chosen as the G.F.A. Footballer of the Year (94/95) and the Club’s footballer of the year (96/97, 98/99). He retired at the end of the 05/06 season
Since 1994, Loreto has assisted the committee of Ghajnsielem F.C. in administrative matters. He started coaching in the Club’s Youth Nursery in 2010. He is part of the coaching staff of the Ghajnsielem Redcoats, the new baseball and softball club.
He is also involved in Ghajnsielem Fit4Life, an entity that collaborates with the Ghajnsielem Local Council in the organisation of sports initiatives co-funded by the Local Council and the K.M.S.
Loreto’s ongoing interest in the history of Ghajnsielem F.C. is the source for a number of publications on the history of the Club and for the content and daily maintenance of the official Club website www.ghajnsielemfc.com, now in its tenth year of existence.
In his speech Mayor Francis Cauchi praised Mr Scicluna for his dedication to Ghajnsielem F.C. and the development of sports in Ghajnsielem.
The mayor reminded the present guests about the valuable contribution that volunteers give towards society and encouraged the youths to appreciate and follow Loreto Scicluna’s footsteps.
Loreto Scicluna spoke about some of his favourite moments with the Ghajnsielem Football Club while emphasising the need to add further professionalism in the structure of the club. Loreto thanked his family for their continued support and urged today’s youth to get more involved in sports.