#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.

 

OFFICIAL LOGO FOR 2023 GAMES OF THE SMALL STATES OF EUROPE LAUNCHED

SportMalta News June 13, 2022 0

The logo design for the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe, just under a year before the competition is set to begin was unveiled on Monday by the Maltese Olympic Committee and Minister for Education, Sports, Youth, Research and Innovation Dr Clifton Grima.

 

 

Created by local agency The Concept Stadium based on inspiration drawn from designs produced by students, who were invited to participate in the process in a competition launched last December for school children aged between 10 and 18.

The logo merges the famous Olympic rings with the sea, fish and a Maltese icon recognized by many –the eye symbol. The eye has, over the years blended into several aspects of Maltese culture, starting from the famous Gardjola in Senglea to the Maltese boats called Luzzu as well as integrated in local fashion.  The colours of the Olympic rings were merged to highlight Malta’s values of diversity and inclusion through the blending of the different colours,  creating new colours and hues when overlapping each other.  

“I congratulate all participating students who contributed towards the inspiration of the logo we are launching today”, augured Minister Grima. “This was a great opportunity for our school children to take part in the organisation of these games, and their contribution will be widely showcased, putting yet again Malta on the International map”, said Minister Grima. 

“Today’s launch is another important milestone which brings us closer to the Games.  We are very excited to present this logo, which we believe will be quickly recognised and a wonderful calling card for Malta as we build up the momentum towards the Games.” explained Julian Pace Bonello, President of the Maltese Olympic Committee.  

Games Local Organising Committee Co-Chairman Mark Cutajar congratulated athletes who performed excellently over the weekend in various international events. He continued to explain that today’s event is a link in the chain of events that are required to host the Games in Malta next year.  The preparation for the Games, requires an equal effort from the athletes and the organising committee, to guarantee a successful and memorable event.  Without keeping the balance equal on both fronts, this will not be possible.

The Logo was then unveiled by Minister Dr Grima and MOC President Mr Pace Bonello, following a brief explanation from Jonathan Dalli, one of the founders of the marketing agency The Concept Stadium.  

SPORTMALTA AND HOSPICE MALTA TO ORGANIZE FESTA SPORT ON 29TH JUNE

SportMalta News June 8, 2022 0

Earlier today at the National Pool tal- Qroqq, Hon. Clifton Grima alongside SportMalta CEO, Mark Cutajar, Hospice CEO, Kenneth Delia and Hospice CRO Andrew Zammit launched the sporting event, Festa Sport.
 
Mr. Zammit explained that when they came up with the idea and contacted SportMalta they found immense support and could start planning the event, with seven sports, namely volleyball, netball, badminton, shooting, beach soccer, snooker, and water polo. Both Hospice Malta and SportMalta thanked all associations for the instant help they gave.
CEO of Hospice, Mr. Delia stated that with the new building they are launching to continue helping over 1,200 families each year while collaborating with the sport sector was a perfect fit. In every SportMalta facility there will be an event from the sports mentioned, Mr. Delia thanked the CEO of SportMalta and Hon. Clifton Grima for making this event possible.
Mr. Cutajar, CEO SportMalta spoke about the diverse voluntary associations that SportMalta always strives to help, when Hospice approached it wasn’t in question whether the entity would be helping with this event. Among other charity events organised by SportMalta he expressed how this will be a celebration of the Maltese generosity and a celebration of sport, this will continue to give life to SportMalta’s mission, to move a nation through the promotion and development of sport, for a healthy, inclusive, and successful Malta.
Hon. Clifton Grima closed off the event by expressing that both SportMalta and the Government will always offer to give their help to non-governmental entities in any aspect possible. He continued to show appreciation for all the events organised previously and promised to continue to work to help every entity.
This event, Festa Sport, will be held on the 29th of June in various SportMalta facilities, namely, Cottonera Sports Complex, Kirkop Sports Complex, Maria Assunta, Ta’ Kandja, National Pool and outdoor pitch at Birzebbuga. Donations will be gathered at each event to help Hospice Malta.

Camilleri, Cremona win SportMalta Charity Marathon

SportMalta News March 7, 2022 0

A visibly emotional Alan Camilleri was the first to cross the SportMalta Charity Marathon
finish line today in Sliema. Camilleri, a favourite to be one of the front runners delivered a
well executed race, when he completed the distance in 2 hours 33 minutes 18 seconds.
Camilleri started the race well behind other favourite Andrew Grech who led the way until
Santa Venera when Camilleri overtook to make his way to his first marathon win. Gracious
in victory he waited for, what he referred to as his idol, Grech who finished in second place in
a time of 2:41:43. In third place was Clyde Sciberras, who finished in a time of 2:56:40.

The females’ race was won by Margaret Cremona who, hailing from the triathlon scene, was
taking part in her first Marathon. She finished the distance in 3:32:45. She was followed by
Olwyn Dunne who finished nearly six minutes after her. Sarah Nicols took up the third place
on the females’ podium in a time of 3:44.05. The second Maltese female to finish was
Marquita Muscat followed by Camilla Higgins.

Half Marathon

Maltese National Champion Dillon Cassar showed his dominant form as he finished the race
in 1:05:17. Cassar who currently has been focusing on 5k and 10k races in preparation for the
forthcoming Half Marathon distance in the Mediterranean Games in Oran, was a favourite
but today’s result was not expected. Cassar finished nearly five minutes ahead of Luke
Micallef. In third place was Simon Spiteri, who eventually edged Charlton Debono to third
place.

Female favourites Roberta Schembri and Lisa Bezzina ran for most of the route with each
other in tow, however in the end it was Schembri who prevailed. Schembri crossed the finish
line in 1:17:35, followed by Lisa Bezzina. Bezzina, who recently ran her first Marathon in
Valencia finished in 1:19.0. Third placed was Irish athlete Catherine Thornton who clocked a
time of 1:22.42.

“Today’s race was about giving athletes the opportunity to run on home ground, after months
of preparation. Despite the short time frame we had to bring all this together the synergy
between all stakeholders made it possible for a successful race to take place” enthused Mark
Cutajar, CEO SportMalta. “It makes us proud to see many Maltese taking their place on the
podium, particularly since there was a strong international presence. On behalf of the
organising team I congratulate all those taking part”.

The SportMalta Charity Marathon was organised in collaboration with Transport Malta and
held under the auspices of Athletics Malta. The organisers would like to thank local running
Clubs Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club and Agones SFC for their invaluable logistical help.

Official Results of the SportMalta Charity Marathon can be found here –
https://my.raceresult.com/192761/results

Agreement between all entities on the Marathon

SportMalta News February 20, 2022 0

There was a full discussion on the route of the Marathon at the meeting of the Traffic Management Committee held on Thursday 17 February 2022 at the Transport Authority. It took into account both the proposal by Mr Joe Micallef and the amended route proposed by Transport Malta.Members discussed the proposed routes and unanimously agreed that the route proposed by Transport Malta was safe, would cause the least inconvenience, would not disrupt public transport and would be acceptable to athletes.

The meeting was attended by the Police, the Mater Dei Emergency, the Tourism Authority, representatives of the Malta Chamber for SMEs, representatives from the Business Community of the St. Julian’s area and Sliema, LESA, Public Transport Officers, Civil Protection, Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Infrastructure Malta and by different directorates from the Transport Authority.Yesterday Mr Micallef had agreed to be part of the organizing team and that the services he had already ordered could be used for the event.