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Signing of triennial agreement between SportMalta and Special Olympics Malta

SportMalta News March 29, 2021 0

A record sum for Special Olympics Malta – € 420,000 in direct assistance from SportMalta

At a conference at the National Swimming Pool in Tal-Qroqq, Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli, Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima and the President of Special Olympics Malta Dr Lydia Abela chaired the signing of a new agreement between SportMalta and Special Olympics Malta which will lead to SportMalta handing over € 420,000 to Special Olympics Malta over a period of three years.

This agreement will be helping Special Olympics Malta athletes so that they can continue to participate in the International Special Olympics Games and in training camps abroad. In addition, through these funds, Special Olympics Malta will be investing in kits and equipment that it will need from time to time.

At the beginning of her speech, the Minister for Inclusion and Quality of Life Julia Farrugia Portelli congratulated Dr Lydia Abela who has just been appointed President of Special Olympics Malta.

“Through this agreement between this year and the year 2023 Special Olympics Malta will be given € 420,000, a sum that shows a substantial increase on what has been given so far, € 100,000 per year. Very significant is the fact that our country, one of the smallest in the world, will be hosting a world sports event for disabled persons next year, the Special Olympics Games. Significant because it shows that our country is being recognized and appreciated for the way it works and does everything possible to make persons with disabilities feel integrated in society, including in sports. We will be showing that a sporting event of this quality with its protagonists being persons with disabilities is a way towards unity, love and inclusion. People with disabilities will show that they too have an important role to play in unity and love among nations, a role that reflects the principle of inclusion in the society we so strongly believe in,” she said. Minister Farrugia Portelli.

At the end of her speech, Minister Farrugia Portelli thanked all those from Special Olympics Malta who are working hard for the benefit of people with disabilities and promised them that they will continue to find the Government behind them.

Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima, while praising Special Olympics Malta for the valuable work done throughout the year, stressed that this work with Special Olympics Malta will bear fruit when in 2022 Malta will be hosting a Special Olympics international event. The Parliamentary Secretary went on to say that the direction of the government is to be a strategic partner of sports associations and federations so that proper planning can be done and thus ensuring stability and work leading to positive change. He concluded that in recent years Special Olympics athletes have achieved various successes both on a sporting level, including in international forums, as well as on a human and personal level where the full development of the person is achieved.

The President of Special Olympics Dr Lydia Abela said that she is proud that together with the National Director of Special Olympics she managed to negotiate with SportMalta the largest financial package for the next three years. The agreement will help Special Olympics in their day-to-day operations and to continue to invest in their athletes and assist them in their development and offer parental support.

Dr. Lydia Abela said that this is an exciting time for Special Olympics and for the whole country, as next year for the first time in 20 years our country will host the international games of Special Olympics. She said that she is certain that as a country we will unite behind our athletes who will continue to honour Malta, and above all make us proud.

SportMalta Chief Executive Mark Cutajar stressed that it is SportMalta’s mission to help create an inclusive society and therefore this contract is of great importance. A contract that will help Special Olympics Malta to be able to reach its objectives more easily, objectives that are not only sporting but also to unleash the potential of every Special Olympics athlete and to support not only the athletes, but also their family. SportMalta is committed that in addition to financial aid, it also helps by hiring a number of specialized coaches to help children in every aspect.



SportMalta Awards – Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali

SportMalta News March 13, 2021 0

Today at 8:00 live, the 61st edition of the SportMalta Awards will be aired on TSN 1 and on our Facebook page BeActive – SportMalta .  This special edition will happen virtually from a television studio due to the pandemic restrictions. There are in all 7 awards that  will be voted for by a specialists jury .  The People’s Choice Award will be voted by both the jury and the general public. Other awards include Special Olympics Awards and best event .  The awards will be presented by Laura Cunningham and Chris Cauchi .  The awards are organised by SportMalta and the Malta Sport Journalists Association.

ONSIDE-Sport Officiating

SportMalta News March 9, 2021 0

SportMalta was partner in an EU funded project which recognized that the role of sport officials is vital in sport. Sport officials ensure that participants compete within the spirit of the sport or activity through the impartial and consistent application of its rules and laws.

The ONSIDE project explored and defined, for the first time at the EU level, the generic competences, skills and knowledge expected of sport officials – covering all sports and nations.  The education component of the project included the development and delivery of brand new training through innovative learning methods, including e-learning courses.

ONSIDE was a three-year project running from January 2018 to December 2020 and was funded through the European Union Erasmus+ Programme.

The useful outputs of this project can be obtained through the following link.

Launch of the SportMalta Awards Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali

SportMalta News February 17, 2021 0

Press Release

Today 17 February 2021

SportMalta Awards Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali

The 61st edition will take place on Saturday 13 March 2021

This year’s edition of SportMalta Awards Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali will take place on Saturday 13 March 2021. This was announced today during a Press Conference in which the details related to the organization of this edition were given. This year’s edition, due to the present circumstances of COVID-19, will be a restricted one and different from the recent editions.

At the Press Conference it was explained that after the Executive of the Sports Journalists Association took into account the situation of Sport in our country especially from March to December last year, it was wise to ask SportMalta to in spite of everything the 61st edition of this event would take place anyway.

Eventually, after the request of the Sports Journalists Association was accepted by both SportMalta and the Parliamentary Secretariat, preparations began immediately to organize another edition that rewards the best results of the year 2020.

The Organizing Committee composed of officials from SportMalta and the Sports Journalists Association has agreed that this year’s edition will take place anyway. The decision was taken even with respect to those Associations and Federations that made every effort and despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic, they strove to see that their athletes remain active and even where they could organize the respective National Championships.

It was explained at the Press Conference that the evening will be organized by complying with all COVID-19 mitigation measures as issued by the Health Authorities including that only 90 people will be invited to the event, including the finalists and a small representation of officials along with sponsors and journalists.


Alex Spiteri January 22, 2021 0

Gvern għan-nies – Il-gvern permezz ta’ SportMalta jgħaddi 1,338 metru kwadru ta’ art fiż-Żona Industrijali ta’ Kordin lill-Hibernians Basketball Club biex tiġi żviluppata f’padiljun tal-basketball ġdid

Is-Segretarju Parlamentari għall-Isport, ir-Rikreazzjoni u l-Għaqdiet Volontarji Clifton Grima indirizza konferenza tal-aħbarijiet fejn ħabbar li, wara numru ta’ snin ta’ stennija, il-gvern permezz ta’ SportMalta għadda art fiż-Żona Industrijali ta’ Kordin, b’qies ta’ 1,338 metru kwadru u b’ċens ta’ 45 sena, sabiex tiġi żviluppata f’padiljun ġdid u faċilitajiet anċillari.

Is-Segretarju Parlamentari Clifton Grima spjega li permezz ta’ dan it-trasferiment, il-Hibernians Basketball Club se jkollu klabb sportiv kif jixraqlu u li qed ikompli juri l-impenn tal-gvern li jwettaq il-wegħdiet elettorali sportivi tiegħu. Huwa stqarr li dan il-gvern irid irawwem u jsaħħaħ il-kultura sportiva sa mill-etajiet bikrin.

“Bħala gvern, konxji li biex nagħmlu dan irridu ninvestu fil-faċilitajiet sportivi u fl-għaqdiet infushom, u dak huwa li qed nagħmlu llum. Aħna nemmnu li rridu nagħtu l-faċilitajiet u l-għajnuna sabiex il-klabbs sportivi jkunu jistgħu jkomplu jikbru u jtejbu s-servizzi tagħhom. Wara kollox, huma uliedna li jgawdu minn dan kollu. Dan il-gvern huwa mpenjat biex jinvesti sabiex flimkien nagħmlu l-qabża ta’ kwalità li jmiss. Irridu li kull dixxiplina sportiva tingħata l-opportunità li tiffjorixxi”,  sostna s-segretarju parlamentari.

Iċ-Chairman ta’ SportMalta Dr Luciano Busuttil tkellem fuq il-bżonn li aktar klabbs u assoċjazzjonijiet jieħdu l-inizjattiva biex jikbru u jidħlu għall-isfidi kif għamel il-Hibernians Basketball Club. B’dan il-mod, bl-art tagħhom, aktar klabbs jistgħu jsiru aktar awtonomi u jżidu l-edukazzjoni sportiva fost it-tfal, żgħażagħ u l-komunità inġenerali.

Dan il-gvern huwa mpenjat li jwettaq diversi proġetti b’risq diversi dixxiplini sportivi differenti, filwaqt li jinċentiva lill-għaqdiet iqumu fuq saqajhom u jissaħħu, u jagħti lill-atleti l-ispazju kollu biex jiżviluppaw it-talenti tagħhom lejn l-eċċellenza sportiva.

SportMalta Moves for Hospice Malta

Alex Spiteri December 9, 2020 0

SportMalta, the national entity for sport, reaches out to Hospice Malta. Such action emanates from SportMalta’s mission to move a nation though the promotion and development of sport for a healthy, inclusive, and successful Malta.

During the month of October, being the awareness month for breast cancer, SportMalta invited all its employees to wear a pink t-shirt and jeans for work against a donation of their choice. This event took place on Friday 23rd October and all the proceedings from this activity went for charity in aid of breast cancer patients.

In this regard, SportMalta organised an outdoor activity for its employees to mark this important initiative and to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and the value of donating for a good cause.

The collected donation was presented to Andrew Zammit, Chief Relations Officer at Hospice Malta at Cottonera Sports Complex, by the entity’s representatives. During this brief meeting, both entities exchanged their views about sports and physical activity, both recognizing their benefit for a healthy lifestyle. The need for future collaboration, towards having a more healthy and inclusive society, was expressed by both parties.

Inawgurat il-Padiljun tal-Basketball f’Ta Qali

Alex Spiteri December 7, 2020 0

It-Tnejn filgħodu l-Prim Ministru Robert Abela akkumpanjat mis-Segretarju Parlamentari għall-Isport Clifton Grima, inawgura t-tieni fażi tal-proġett ta’ aktar minn miljun ewro fil-Padiljun tal-Basketball f’Ta’ Qali.

Ix-xogħlijiet tat-tieni fażi kienu jinkludu it-twaqqigħ tal-istrutturi interni u bini mill-ġdid ta’ l-istands biex issa din il-facilita’ għandha kapjenza ta` 1100 sit bilqegħda.  Barra a minn hekk saru dressing rooms ġodda u anke uffiċini ġodda għall-Assoċjazzjoni Maltija tal-Baskitbol.  Dan ikomplimentaw ix-xogħlijiet tal-ewwel fażi li kienu jinkludu titjib fl-istruttura oriġinali tal-azzar u tal-binja minn barra.

Fid-diskors tiegħu l-Prim Ministru Abela qal kemm huwa mportanti li nrawmu l-valur tal-isport fit-tfal tagħna. Huwa nnota kif dan l-investiment għamel l-arena aċċessibli anke għall-persuni b’diżabilità li jistgħu issa jipprattikaw il-baskitbol f’Ta’ Qali.

Dr Abela qal li rridu nemmnu f’dak li nwettqu biex il-livell dejjem jitla’ ‘l quddiem. Semma kif din hija parti mill-viżjoni ta’ dan il-Gvern għall-għaxar snin li ġejjin u li ninsabu ffukati li naraw liż-żgħażagħ jitilgħu ‘l fuq f’dan il-qasam u kull qasam ieħor.

Is-Segretarju Parlamentari Clifton Grima qal kif l-isport għandu impatt pożittiv fuq il-ħajja u s-soċjetà tagħna. Saħaq kif il-livell għoli ta’ sport f’pajjiżna qed iħalli l-frott tiegħu anke f’pajjiżi barra minn Malta.

Il-Kap Eżekuttiv ta’ SportMalta, Mark Cutajar semma kif dan il-Gvern jimpurtah mill-isport u dan juruh id-diversi proġetti li qed isiru f’dan il-qasam madwar Malta u Għawdex kollha.  Cutajar radd ħajr lill-ħaddiema ta` SportMalta li għalkemm fl-2020 għaddew minn perjodu diffiċli, xorta laħqu l-miri tagħhom għal din is-sena.  Huwa semma li l-għaqal tal-entita’ għamel possibli li l-proġetti jitkompklew kif ukoll li l-assistenzi mogħtija din is-sena kienu ukoll rekord.  Huwa għamel ringrazzjament speċjali liċ-Ċermen Luciano Busuttil u l-ħaddiema għax-xoghol imprezzabli tagħhom.

#BeActive Awards

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The awards competition is open for entries until 24 July 2020 (5pm Brussels local time).

About the #BeActive Awards

The #BeActive Awards competition is a central element of the annual European Week of Sport and has been created to support projects and individuals dedicated to the promotion of sport and physical activity across Europe. The awards have three categories:


This award is intended to throw the spotlight on an educational setting that can demonstrate concrete ways in which it encouraged its kids to #BeActive in addition to the sport/physical activity classes in the standard curriculum. This could include extra sport activities, physically active class days out, after school activities, and other creative solutions to form an active education environment.


This award is intended to accolade a workplace that can demonstrate specific ways in which it has encouraged and helped its employees to #BeActive. This could include setting up a staff taskforce responsible for promoting physical activity, provision of showers for cycling/running commuters, standing meetings, lunchtime walks and other creative solutions to form an active working environment.


This award honours an individual achievement to motivate others and act as a catalyst to #BeActive. The spirit of the award aims to recognising an individual who has worked consistently to promote participation in sport and/or physical activity in his or her local community.

Entries for each of these categories are to be submitted to the European Commission by National Coordinating Bodies of the European Week of Sport. Focusing on educational establishments and workplaces, as well as individuals in local communities, the awards competition contributes to the local and human dimension of the Week, while showcasing best-practice projects, and introducing inspiring individuals, to a Pan-European audience.

How to submit your nominations for the awards

National Coordinating Bodies can identify and submit projects. Along with this document, you have received three sets of forms comprising an explanation of each award category, and an entry form for each award category.

You can choose to complete the entry form(s) yourself, or pass on the entry form(s) and one page explanation(s), to an eligible organisation or person to complete and send back to you.


Send your submissions by 24 july 2020 to eac-sport-ewos@ec.europa.euand help us inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels across europe to #BEACTIVE!

RULES – #BeActive Award 2020 Rules

Online kick off meeting for SKILLS project.

sportmt July 7, 2020 0

On the 3rd of July 2020 the kick off meeting was held for a transnational project which will analyse and promote skills and workforce development in the European sport sector. The project is called “Continuing the journey towards a skilled workforce for the sport and physical activity sector in Europe” and will be known as the “SKILLS” project.

SKILLS is being funded under Erasmus+ Sport as a Small Collaborative Partnership across the years 2020 and 2021.

SKILLS is a follow up to the successful ESSA-Sport project which took place from 2016 – 2019 which analysed the sport labour market and produced reports and action plans towards skills and workforce development at the national and European level (All final outputs on

The SKILLS Initiative will ensure continuity and maintain the momentum in researching, networking, implementing actions and improving skills in the sport sector in Europe.

In particular, the work programme of the SKILLS project include to:

  • Gather and analyse labour market statistics for 2019 and 2020, sharing updated statistics on the size and characteristics of the sport labour market in Europe (this will be particularly interesting to see the effect of Covid-19 in employment data)
  • Monitor the implementation of national strategic action plans from the ESSA-Sport project (producing a copendium of good practice examples)
  • Identify and raise awareness of the realities and trends of the sector in terms of skills needs and challenges (producing a summary paper on skills needs and challenges in the sector).
  • Promote and encourage dialogue and networking on the topic of skills and workforce development (organising an annual workship gathering European sport organisations)

The kick off meeting introduced the project to partners and clarified their role. EOSE also updated partners on the work achieved so far including a meeting with Eurostat about the collection of employment data.

The next partner meeting is planned for October 2020 either in Croatia or online, as the health situation in Europe allows.

Michelle Muscat launches the sixth edition of The Marigold Swimming Challenge.

sportmt June 28, 2020 0

At a press conference held at Pretty Bay, Birzebbuga Chairperson of The Marigold Foundation, Michelle Muscat launched the sixth edition of the annual swimming challenge.  The challenge that will be held on Saturday 11th July, 2020, will this year take a different form. Michelle Muscat will embark on a swimathon in the sea and will involve the participation of the general public who are invited to come for a swim and donate in aid of The Marigold Foundation.  This event will also be open to people with mobility challenges with an accessibility lane leading to the sea and a number of floating wheel chairs and hoists available throughout the day.

The Aquatic Sports Association  will also be participating in this swimathon involving all waterpolo players who will be doing the swimathon at District5 pool.

Persons of all ages including children are invited to join the swimathon in the sea against a €10 donation swimming different lengths according to everyone’s ability within safe parametres.  Those who wish to participate and also enjoy the acquatic fun park can do so against a €20 donation.  Early registrations are encouraged from:

The Meeting Place in Marsa , Tal-Qroqq National Pool, Cottonera Sport Complex, Kirkop Sport Complex, Birzebbugia Local Council or message on The Marigold Foundation Facebook.

Music and entertainment will be available on the beach making this swimathon a fun activity for the general public.

This event is following all health regulations guidelines currently in place.

For more information send us a message on The Marigold Foundation Facebook Page or call on 99912373.


The objective of The Marigold Foundation is to positively empower people and to work with them to raise standards, support initiatives and strengthen voices.  Operating at both a macro and micro level, The Marigold Foundation is the link in the community that helps on a variety of levels and across various spheres. The Foundation’s overarching aim is the constant development of our community, addressing specific aspects of it, such as social behaviour, health issues, special needs and education.  The Foundation does not help individual cases as does eg the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation, but supports other NGOs working in these fields (ie health, education, social and special needs) whether already established, in their infancy or need help to set up their organisation.