Sailing the way to being #BeActive

SportMalta News September 29, 2022 0

On the 21st of September the Birzebbuga Sailing Club Freeport organised a Double Handed event which hosted 16 boats participating in 2 passage races from Marsaxlokk Bay to Hofriet Bay and back. Participants where of different ages and promoted inclusion in the sport of Sailing.

The association would like to thank all helpers to coordinated and supported the event and pushed forwards the importance of #BeActive to celebrate a healthy lifestyle during the European Week of Sport.

To view more events happening throughout the next few weeks in which you can be a part of, visit the link below and #BeActive.  https://sportmalta.mt/events/ewos-home/ewos-calendar/

#BeActive – Let’s Go Sailing

SportMalta News September 28, 2022 0

Vikings Sailing Club organised an event on the 25th of September 2022 to introduce new individuals to the sport of Sailing. They organised fun activities so that people learn more about possible sailing courses and get a taster session by having one of the coaches or experienced volunteers that took individuals for a sail around Marsamxett harbour to feel the rush that sailing brings.

Initiatives like this help to introduce different sports which people of different ages can try out and enjoy. The event took place at the Floriana Sailing Xatt it-Tiben and saw a good number of individuals attend to try out and learn more while #BeActive.

To view more events happening and be a part of the European Week of Sport, visit the link below and #BeActive.  https://sportmalta.mt/events/ewos-home/ewos-calendar/

European Week of Sport 2022 #BeActive Night and Main National Event

SportMalta News September 26, 2022 0

During the past weekend, two big activities took place as part of the European Week of Sport 2022. On Saturday at the Cottonera Sport Complex, the BeActive Night took place, an activity which at the same time was being celebrated within the whole European Union member states and other countries in Europe.

 

The event had two main themes, inclusivity, and fitness. In fact, Special Olympics were the centre of various activities that were not only carried out by their young members but by others. The sports of bocce, table tennis and football were the most popular.

 

 

There were also walks from different local Councils to the complex. In fact, the councils of Kalkara, Isla, Birgu and Bormla with the collaboration of SportMalta organized three-kilometre walks for which the locals attended.

 

In addition, there was a great fitness activity that had a line-up of different sports including Zumba, boogie bounce and capoeira together with exhibitions from various dance schools. A snooker exhibition tournament was also organized by very young children who are part of the SportMalta academy.

 

 

Then on Sunday the Marsa complex was transformed into a sports village. It was fun for all those who attended to watch and take part in a different sport. This varied from Athletics, skate boarding, basketball 3 vs 3, duathlon, badminton, archery, netball, judo, rugby, kendo, and volleyball. Special Olympics also did various sports for their member children, while the Malta youth football association organized a football tournament throughout the day for both boys and girls.

 

 

During this month also several other activities are being carried out by various Federations and clubs to encourage the Maltese and Gozitan population to be more active. The next official activities for SportMalta is a 5-kilometre run organized together with the Malta Employees Sport Association which will take place on October 6 at 17:00 and in the second week of October a collective event in Maltese schools and Gozo.

#BeActive – Water polo for a good cause

SportMalta News September 19, 2022 0

Birżebbuġa  ASC along with the parents of the youths, from the 12th of September till the 15th of September organised 4 different age group water polo tournaments to help their children get more familiar with the game, #BeActive and while doing sport raise funds for the Community Chest Fund.

Taking part where four different teams, Marsascala, Otters, Sliema and St. Julians along with Birzebbugia ASC. It was a great experience for the youths who got to play, enjoy their time, and help out to raise funds for those in need. #BeActive is always aiming to use Sport for more than just doing physical activity.

To view more events happening throughout the next few weeks and be a part, visit the link below and #BeActive.  https://sportmalta.mt/events/ewos-home/ewos-calendar/

#OnTheMove is back – 19th Edition

SportMalta News September 15, 2022 0

#OnTheMove is back for its 19th Edition, the biggest and most popular programme for kids and adults is back in different venues with sessions at different times to fit your routine.

The sessions will begin on the 15th of October and make their way till the 26th of May.  One can take part in various sports and fitness activities, most definitely you will find something that you will like and keep you active!

Sessions are available to all ages from young children to adults tailoring for different levels. With the notion that sport is for everyone, regardless of age or means, #OnTheMove hopes to boost sports activism from a young age.

You can book now and join the fun through https://sportmalta.mt/programmes/online-booking-form/

#BeActive Beach Games in Portugal

SportMalta News September 14, 2022 0

On the 3rd and 4th of September the Casaru family travelled to Portimao, Portugal to take part in the #BeActive Beach Games. This competition was made up of families of two adults and children between the age of 7 and 15. Representing Malta we had Kevin, Michelle, Juan and Matias Casaru. Both Kevin and Michelle train long distance running while Juan and Matias train badminton and swimming.

The aim these games are organized is to encourage European residents from all demographic groups to participate in sports and physical outdoor activities on the beach, with a special emphasis on multigenerational families, using beaches and waterside regions as the primary settings.

Our ambassadors, family Casaru competed in the European Family Cup, where 12 tasks tested the physical ability, intellect, and sense of teamwork of families from various nations. The games involved where various from SUP Board races to 5k runs and swimming in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

Overall, Kevin Casaru came 6th male while Michelle Casaru came 5th in the female division. The family gave an amazing performance and truly made everyone proud while having fun and #BeActive.

Launch of the European Week of Sport 2022

SportMalta News September 12, 2022 0

This morning at the Royal Malta Golf Club in Marsa, SportMalta launched the 2022 edition of the European Week of Sport.

 

 

Rose Marie Mercieca the national coordinator for Malta gave a brief description of the path of this event from its inception.  She said that the European Week of Sport was launched in 2015 to respond to the growing crisis of inactivity. Sport and physical activity make a significant contribution to the well-being of European citizens.

Malta’s level of physical activity improved throughout these years but surely not enough. No matter who we are and what we do, even slight increases in regular, physical activity can have a profound impact on our long-term health, she said.  Sport Malta’s mission statement is to improve awareness on the importance of an active lifestyle has for everyone.

Chief Executive Officer of SportMalta Mark Cutajar gave details of the events which will take place this year.  The two flagship events will happen in the weekend of the 24th and the 25th of September.  The Cottonera Sport Complex will host the #BeActive Night on the 24th.  The event will focus on physical fitness and inclusivity.  Special Olympics Malta will organise several activities echoing the success of the International Games.  Fitness, Dance, Zumba, Piloxing and many other activities will create a vibrant atmosphere Cutajar said.  The traditional Main National Event this year will be held at the Marsa Grounds on Sunday 25th.  Many associations and clubs will organise events during the day in a sport village.  There will also be other activities organised by clubs, associations and other government entities.  Cutajar announced this year’s ambassadors namely Ronnie Spiteri a SportMalta plantroom employee who was a referee in this year’s under 16 World Cup water polo final, weightlifting champion Tenisha Thornton, Thomas Borg representing the Paralympic Movement and Sam Micallef representing Special Olympics together with Commonwealth Bronze Medalist the Judoka Katryna Esposito.

 

 

Minister Clifton Grima said that he is so proud when athletes represent Malta and manage to get results.  He invited ambassadors to spread the message to engage the whole population to practice sport and physical activity.  Minister Grima said that schools can play a fundamental role by inculcating in students the importance to be physically active.  He said that the Government is doing its part by investing in new facilities.  These facilities will help to increase the number of athletes.  He also invited Local Councils to help and promote the message.

 

For more information you can contact SportMalta on 22036275 or by email on info@sportmalta.org.mt

Hospice Movement Festa Sport

SportMalta News September 10, 2022 0

On the 29th of June Hospice Malta along with SportMalta worked on creating Festa Sport, a collaboration with various Sport Associations to create a fun afternoon filled with Sport while collecting donations for the Hospice Malta movement.

Last week Rose Marie Mercieca along with the presence of members from the Associations presented the money collected to Mr. Andrew Zammit, Hospice Representative. The Associations that took part in Festa Sport where Badminton Malta, Malta Volleyball Association, Malta Netball Association, Aquatic Sports Association, and the Malta Billiard and Snooker Association.

Mr. Andrew Zammit explained how from a simple idea it turned out to be an amazing event in which players and athletes pitched in and got together to give their input when Hospice Malta needed their help. Ms. Rose Marie Mercieca presented the sum gathered by the Associations which was the beautiful amount of €3263.39. She spoke about the importance of collaborating and how SportMalta will always be a shoulder and helping hand for anyone in need.

They both closed off the presentation by explaining that this will not be the only edition of this event but they are working to create a bigger event next year and getting more awareness and Associations to take part in this Sporting event, Festa Sport. 

GSSE2023 Volunteering Programme Launched

SportMalta News July 8, 2022 0

The GSSE2 023 Volunteering Programme was launched this morning at an event hosted by
the Maltese Olympic Committee and SportMalta which was attended by Hon. Dr. Clifton
Grima, Minister for Education, Sport, Research, Innovation and Youth as well as a number of
other guests.

 

Welcoming those present was Local Organising Committee Chairman Mark Cutajar started
off by congratulating the results achieved by Maltese Tennis players Francesca Curmi and
Elaine Genovese who brought a Silver Medal to Malta from their participation in the
Mediterranean Games. This augurs well and serves as a motivation for other athletes to
continue their commitment to preparing for these Games. Cutajar went on to explain that
recent statistics on volunteer engagement show that this is not an easy task however there
has been a lot of background work with several entities both from a government side as well
as other private entities to assist on attracting volutneers from all sectors of society. This will
also bring about more awareness of the Games and eventual support throughout the event.

Speaking at the event was Ian Restall who has countless hours of volunteering time and who
explained that volunteering is an enriching experience that will leave an indelible mark on all
those involved. Joining him was Joseph Cassar, who also has a wealth of experience in
volunteer co-ordination and who will be co-ordinating the Volunteer Programme for 2023.

 

Maltese Olympic Committee Vice President and Chef de Mission for the Games, Paul
Sultana highlighting their vital role and the considerable need for a strong pool of volunteers
who will be contributing to a positive experience for the estimated, 1000 athletes 500
officials across 10 disciplines and 11 venues. Sultana concluded bu thanking Joseph Cassar
who, together with his team have been undertaking crucial work, to engage volunteers, with
various institutions to engage volunteers such as MCAST, IPES and ITS who have
committed their support towards these campaigns.

Dr. Clifton Grima, Minister for Education, Sport, Youth Research and Innovation concluded
the event by explaining that "Substantial preparations are being made for this sporting
event and today we are taking another step by making this call for all those who wish to
participate as volunteers". He went on to say that a lot of work is underway in preparation
for this event, which is not only related to infrastructural work in sports facilities, but there
also organizational work, consultation and coordination meetings. "We are involving
everyone in this organization because we want it to be an experience that not only our
athletes enjoy, but also the people in general," concluded Minister Grima.

 

Individuals who wish to be part of the GSSE 2023 Volunteers’ Programme are invited to
register their interest online via this link – https://nocmalta.org/gsse-2023/ Interested parties
will be invited to undergo an interview and subsequent training will also be given.

Principal Permanent Secretary visits SportMalta Head Office

SportMalta News June 21, 2022 0

This morning the Principal Permanent Secretary, Mr. Tony Sultana visited SportMalta Head Office at the Cottonera Sports Complex. Mr. Sultana was welcomed by SportMalta CEO Mr. Mark Cutajar along with SportMalta employees from various Sports Complexes under SportMalta’s remit.

Mr Sultana had an informal conversation with employees with different roles in the entity.  He was particularly impressed by the work and dedication shown by all staff.  Mr. Sultana visited SportMalta’s main project, the new indoor Olympic size pool which will be an extension of the existing complex.  The projects is an investment of 13 million Euro from Government funds.   During Mr. Sultana along with CEO Mr. Cutajar went around each department discussing the their operations and the challenges that these departments face  in their operations.

Mr. Cutajar accompanied by SportMalta top Management had a private meeting with  Mr. Sultana and a presentation on the entity’s strategy and projects were presented .  This included the ongoing projects and other projects planned in the short term. The involvement of SportMalta in various events was discussed including the yearly appointment with the President’s Solidarity Fun Run, The Special Olympics International Games in 2022 and the Games of  Small States of Europe  happening in Malta next year.

Mr Sultana thanked the Entity for the work done and was impressed by the volume of work that SportMalta is managing to do throughout the years.  He also encouraged more athletes and former athletes to be part of its staff in order to ensure better understanding of the needs of registered clubs and Associations.  SportMalta CEO thanked Mr Sultana for this visit and wished him luck in his new important appointment.  On behalf of all employees, he ensured that SportMalta will keep on working as a catalyst for sport and physical activity on the island.