SportMalta donates €9,500 to Puttinu Cares Foundation

SportMalta News April 12, 2023 0

Minister for Sport Clifton Grima accompanied by SportMalta CEO Mark Cutajar and representatives of SportMalta employees this morning paid a visit to the Oncology Ward at Sir Anthony Mamo Hospital to show their appreciation and dedication to Puttinu Cares Foundation.  They were greeted by young patients, parents and staff at the Rainbow Ward and Puttinu Cares Foundation top officials Rennie Zerafa and Angele Cuschieri.

Minister Grima praised the work of Puttinu Cares Foundation.  He added that Malta is a small state but with a big heart and the work that Puttinu Cares is doing taking into account its complexities is remarkable.  SportMalta CEO Mark Cutajar said that the entity always worked hard to support charity institutions.  He said that for years the entity hosted the football marathon which was a flagship event of Puttinu Cares. He added that SportMalta’s door is always open to promote sports and physical activity helping financially such projects.

SportMalta presented to Puttinu Cares the sum of €9,500 which were collected by the Entity in a number of sport initiatives.  The money will support Puttinu Cares in their projects.

Maltese Olympic Committee hosts 2023 GSSE Chef de Mission Meeting and launches Team Malta Uniform

SportMalta News March 31, 2023 0

Less than 70 days remain until the start of the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe Opening Ceremony in Valletta.  As preparations continue to progress, the Maltese Olympic Committee hosted a meeting for Chefs de Mission and technical delegates representing the nine GSSE Countries for meetings in Malta.

Over twenty-five delegates participated in meetings and presentations relating to events, logistics, medical services, transportation, opening and closing ceremonies as well various venue site visits. The first visit was to athlete accommodation, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and will be fully operational a few weeks before the arrival of the first athletes.    Delegates were also given a tour of facilities which will host competitions during the Games.

“Undoubtedly the international climate has offered the organisation of these Games several challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the current political climate, we as the Organisation Committee, have no control over.  Nonetheless, we have garnered the support of various stakeholders, and sponsors which contribution will help us honour our commitment to deliver “commented Mark Cutajar, Chairman of the Local Organisation Committee.  “These Games have their own challenges but must move at par with the challenges that sport is facing around the Globe.”

In the evening, the Maltese Olympic Committee hosted the launch of Team Malta uniforms, in the presence of various Games stakeholders, Government representative, athletes, Federation representatives from the ten sporting disciplines taking place in Malta and other guests.  The brand-new Team Malta uniform was modelled by some of Malta’s most recognised athletes, and who will most likely be part of Team Malta during the Games.

Lacey Aquilina, Claire Azzopardi, Steve Camilleri, Francesca Catania, Josephine Diaby, Alex Felice Pace, Beppe Grillo, Sandek Khalaf, Michela Mifsud, Janet Richard, Julian Rizzo, Ashley van Vilet Vella and Nathan Xuereb modelled the uniforms which combine the red and white elements which capture the Maltese flavour, energy and passion – all elements associated with sport.  The uniform was designed keeping in mind the warm weather conditions during the Games, meaning that they will provide protection against the ultraviolet radiation as well as breathability.  The uniform will consist of tracksuits, t-shirts, polo shirts, caps and backpacks.

“Wearing Team Malta’s uniform is an honour many athletes are vying to have and who will treasure the opportunity to wear this uniform. Their focus towards these Games has been commendable and in the runup to the events, they have been producing consistently encouraging results” remarked Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee.

Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation Dr Clifton Grima praised the work done to host this prestigious event in Malta. “As a team, Ministry, SportMalta and the MOC, we have been giving our all, together with the Sport Associations and the athletes to prepare for these games. We are looking forward to support and applaud our athletes as they keep the Maltese flag flying”.

The XIX Games of the Small States of Europe are being supported by SportMalta, NDSF, Welbee’s Supermarket, National Lottery, MITA, General Soft Drinks, Visit Malta, European Olympic Committees, Go, Enemed, BOV and The Concept Stadium.

More information on the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe can be found on https://gssemalta2023.mt

The Marsa Sports Complex is being transformed into a top level sports hub

SportMalta News March 31, 2023 0

The project of the facility for gymnastics in the Marsa Sports Complex is moving at a fast pace and when completed it will be another intensive work that is being done in this Complex, to be transformed into a sports hub.

“It is part of our vision to make this Complex a sports hub, which includes facilities for various sports disciplines and of the best level,” said the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima during a visit to the work being done. He went on to say that, “This is a vision that we are fulfilling and through which we are aiming for our country to have sports facilities of international standards that serve as a foundation for a sports industry that also attracts investment to our country.”

This is another project from a list of sports infrastructure projects that are being carried out around the islands, in gymnastics facilities that not only include a hall for this sports discipline, but a complex that will also have suitable places for associations and sports associations have offices where they meet and manage their work. The Complex will have a hall that can accommodate around 300 spectators, a facility for artistic gymnastics; and ancillary facilities including board room, changing rooms and showers.

Both this project, with an investment of €5 million, and also others that are currently being carried out around the country are part of an ambitious vision that is being carried out, that of continuing to invest in sports facilities accessible to all and that through theirs is enjoyed by anyone who in one way or another practices some physical activity, from people who do basic training to professional athletes whose sport is their passion and career.

A few weeks ago another project was inaugurated in the Marsa Complex, the development and renovation of the Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Stadium with an investment of €2.5 million, a project that started a year ago and was completed in record time and is part of an investment of €9 million through which the Marsa Sports Complex is being changed to one of the highest level.

The investment being made is crucial for our country to take the next step in sport.

It is the aim of the government to continue to carry out together with all the parties in the sector so that even this sports sector is one that offers every possible opportunity for athletes and sportsmen so that they too reach their dreams and aspirations.​

BOV PREMIER LEAGUEVictor Tedesco Stadium land passed to Ħamrun Spartans on ground rent deal for 49 years

SportMalta News March 31, 2023 0

Ħamrun Spartans’ dream of turning their Victor Tedesco Stadium into a state-of-the-art sports complex moved a step closer on Monday night after the Malta champions signed an agreement with the government that will see the land of the stadium being transferred to the Premier League club on a ground rent for 49 years.

The event was held at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Tuesday and was attended by Dr Clifton Grima, the Minister of for Education, Sport, Research, and Innovation, Ħamrun Spartans president Joseph Portelli and club CEO Marcel Bonnici as well as other club officials.

“Our vision as a club is that we transform the Victor Tedesco Stadium into a sporting complex from which all the community can benefit. This is because we are planning that all the facilities will be used not only by Ħamrun Spartans but also the club’s nursery as well as school students,” Ħamrun Spartans said in a statement.

“This agreement will give the club the ability to work on the project with peace of mind on his vision to continue to invest on the stadium and continue to create more space for other sporting disciplines such as basketball, futsal, bowls, volleyball as well as beach volleyball among others.

“Ħamrun Spartans Football Club will benefit from a government scheme through which the club will be given a subsidy on the ground rent, similar to what is done with clubs who are given land by the government for sporting use. The subsidised payment of rent will go in a fund, administered by SportMalta, through which the sporting sector will continue to benefit.”

On his part, Joseph Portelli, the Ħamrun Spartans FC president described the agreement as an important step to turn the club into a professional organisation.

“I firmly believe that this agreement is another step forward so that the dream of this administration comes to reality,” Portelli said.

“The Ħamrun community deserves sporting facilities of the highest level that honour not only the Ħamrun Spartans fans but Maltese football in general.”

On his part, Dr Grima said: “This agreement is not only part of the government vision to help in every possible way clubs and sporting clubs, but is an assistance to this vision which forms part of the government’s policy to help associations and sporting clubs to develop their operations.”

On his part, Professor Andrew Decelis, SportMalta chairman, said that this agreement will strengthen the operational system of the club.

“When you have clubs and sporting associations that are strong and stable, these will provide wealth to the Maltese society as well for our kids.”

Maltese Olympic Committee hosts 2023 GSSE Chef de Mission Meeting and launches Team Malta Uniform

SportMalta News March 31, 2023 0

Less than 70 days remain until the start of the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe Opening Ceremony in Valletta.  As preparations continue to progress, the Maltese Olympic Committee hosted a meeting for Chefs de Mission and technical delegates representing the nine GSSE Countries for meetings in Malta.

Over twenty-five delegates participated in meetings and presentations relating to events, logistics, medical services, transportation, opening and closing ceremonies as well various venue site visits. The first visit was to athlete accommodation, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and will be fully operational a few weeks before the arrival of the first athletes.    Delegates were also given a tour of facilities which will host competitions during the Games.

“Undoubtedly the international climate has offered the organisation of these Games several challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the current political climate, we as the Organisation Committee, have no control over.  Nonetheless, we have garnered the support of various stakeholders, and sponsors which contribution will help us honour our commitment to deliver “commented Mark Cutajar, Chairman of the Local Organisation Committee.  “These Games have their own challenges but must move at par with the challenges that sport is facing around the Globe.”

In the evening, the Maltese Olympic Committee hosted the launch of Team Malta uniforms, in the presence of various Games stakeholders, Government representative, athletes, Federation representatives from the ten sporting disciplines taking place in Malta and other guests.  The brand-new Team Malta uniform was modelled by some of Malta’s most recognised athletes, and who will most likely be part of Team Malta during the Games.

Lacey Aquilina, Claire Azzopardi, Steve Camilleri, Francesca Catania, Josephine Diaby, Alex Felice Pace, Beppe Grillo, Sandek Khalaf, Michela Mifsud, Janet Richard, Julian Rizzo, Ashley van Vilet Vella and Nathan Xuereb modelled the uniforms which combine the red and white elements which capture the Maltese flavour, energy and passion – all elements associated with sport.  The uniform was designed keeping in mind the warm weather conditions during the Games, meaning that they will provide protection against the ultraviolet radiation as well as breathability.  The uniform will consist of tracksuits, t-shirts, polo shirts, caps and backpacks.

“Wearing Team Malta’s uniform is an honour many athletes are vying to have and who will treasure the opportunity to wear this uniform. Their focus towards these Games has been commendable and in the runup to the events, they have been producing consistently encouraging results” remarked Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee.

Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation Dr Clifton Grima praised the work done to host this prestigious event in Malta. “As a team, Ministry, SportMalta and the MOC, we have been giving our all, together with the Sport Associations and the athletes to prepare for these games. We are looking forward to support and applaud our athletes as they keep the Maltese flag flying”.

The XIX Games of the Small States of Europe are being supported by SportMalta, NDSF, Welbee’s Supermarket, National Lottery, MITA, General Soft Drinks, Visit Malta, European Olympic Committees, Go, Enemed, BOV and The Concept Stadium.

More information on the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe can be found on https://gssemalta2023.mt

Inaugurated a handball pavilion with an investment of €2.5 million

SportMalta News March 19, 2023 0

With an investment of €2.5 million, the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima inaugurated a handball pavilion, dedicated to Louis Borg, former President of the Maltese Association of Handball, which is part of the sports facilities at the Maria Assunta Sports Complex in Hamrun.

“Today’s inauguration is the continuation of our work which is seeing strong investment in sports facilities around our country”, said Minister Grima. “This is a work that reflects what we promised as Government, to continue investing in sports facilities accessible to everyone and as close to you as possible. Our vision for this field affects everyone who in one way or another practices some physical activity, from people who do basic training to professional athletes whose sport is their passion and career”, said the Minister Grima.

“This Pavilion will serve to nurture this sport and to attract more youngsters toward this beautiful game”, said Mark Cutajar, SportMalta CEO.

“Its is a dream come through for all the community within this sport”, added Prof Andrew Decelis, Chairman of SportMalta Board of Directors.

The handball pavilion is part of a larger investment made in recent years in this complex, which also includes the first snooker academy in Malta with an investment of €700,000, a sports project for the Complex of Maria Assunta which by now already has a football ground and it is planned that there will also be a pavilion for various sports, a hall for table football, and another hall for bowling.

With the handball pavilion project, for the first time in Malta, a hall was built specifically to play this sport discipline. The hall accommodates 155 spectators and will be used primarily for handball training, from adults to children under 8 years old, as well as by SportMalta’s programs and by schools.

The hall was made according to International Handball Federation specifications, it is equipped with lighting that offers uniformity and reduces shadows to improve safety during use, as well as electric blinds that make it easy to use natural light. The iron structure is covered with a material that provides the best insulation, windows that open with an electronic mechanism and extractors to help control air and temperature.

In the plan put forward, the government is aiming for our country to have sports facilities of international standards that serve as a foundation for the sports industry that also attracts investment to our country. This is a collective work to raise the sport to the next level.

The 20th Edition of Summer on the Move

SportMalta News February 28, 2023 0

SportMalta is accepting bookings for this year’s Summer on the Move programme. Now in its 20th edition, SportMalta has stayed true to its roots by offering a summer programme based entirely on sport and physical activity. Over the years, thousands of children and adults have learnt how to swim and started a sport through this programme. Summer on the Move provides an experience that is both enjoyable and engaging, with a focus on developing physical literacy skills and core sport skills for children aged 4 and up, as well as fitness sessions for adults looking to stay active throughout summer.

The morning programme is offered with the option of 2, 3 or 5-day weekly sessions, with sessions varying from 3 to 6 hours daily of swimming and various sport. Evening programmes offer one hour sessions in different sports and children are encouraged to choose different activities over the week. The programme is offered at the Cottonera, Kirkop and Tal-Qroqq Sports Complexes, Mosta (Żokrija) Secondary School, Vikings Sailing Club and Gozo. This year, the programme at Cottonera Sports Complex will also incorporate swimming sessions at the brand new Olympic-sized indoor pool.

 

Summer on the move will open its doors on Monday 10th July and will run for eight weeks with a short break in mid-August, ending on 7th September. Booking is available online through this link – https://sportmalta.mt/programmes/online-booking-form/. For more information contact SportMalta on 22036000.

SportMalta News February 4, 2023 0

The Minister for Education, Sports, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima inaugurated a project that started last year and finished within a record time. The project, with an investment of €2.5 million, has transformed the Matthew Micallef St John stadium in Marsa into a state-of-the-art facility. The investment will provide Malta with a top-level athletics track for professional practice, and it will also boost the participation of athletes in the upcoming Small Nations Games in May.

The project is part of the national Sports Strategy, which recognizes the importance of sports infrastructure. The Minister expressed satisfaction that the investment will provide children and young people with professional training facilities and help them achieve international level results in their favorite sports.

The project was carried out by Sport Malta and includes the construction of new structures, resurfacing of the 400-meter track and the 100-meter warm-up track, new fencing, a new main stand with changing rooms, lecture rooms, photo finish room, showers and clinics, two halls for gym sessions, renovation of the pole vault, high jump, long jump, and throws area, and general refurbishment of the facility.

The CEO of Sport Malta, Mark Cutajar, said the project is part of a wider plan to invest in accessible sports facilities across the country.

SportMalta News January 31, 2023 0

The Local Organising Committee of the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe hosted a press briefing earlier on this morning for members of the media and other Games stakeholders.

Addressing the briefing were Maltese Olympic Committee Media Director Maria Vella-Galea who explained that this is a first of series of media briefings which will take place in the run up to the Games.  Also addressing the briefing were Local Organising Committee Chair Mark Cutajar, MOC President Julian Pace Bonello, MOC Director of Sport Charlene Attard and the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation​ Hon. Dr Clifton Grima.

Maltese Olympic Committee President Julian Pace Bonello, explained the important role the media plays in bringing the Games to the tips of the Maltese in public in general, be it in words, photo or video. Pace Bonello reiterated that the media’s expertise and enthusiasm are key to capture the memorable moments, the passion, the glory and the essence of these Games using a fair and unbiased perspective. The purpose of this media briefing was to ensure that members of the media are fully aware of the progress being made and the challenges being faced by Games stakeholders particularly as we reacha crucial stage in the preparation of these Games.

“Sport can be a major force for positive change, and I firmly believe that the Games of the Small States of Europe can be a strong force which will leave a long lasting legacy to our island” commented Pace Bonello, “As President of the Maltese Olympic Committee, I can assure of of the team’s commitment to continue strengthening the good relations we have and to work closely with you to ensure you have the necessary support to spread the GSSE message.” 

Local Organising Committee Chair Mark Cutajar gave an explaination on the investment that has been put into these games. €5million have been allocated towards training programmes for athletes aiming to be part of Team Malta, and a further allocation of €60milion which were devoted the the refurbishment of existing facilities as well as the construction of new ones. These facilities do not only comply with international standards but were overhauled to ensure that they offer athletes, making use of them,  the best possible experience.   Cutajar went on to explain that an Olympic sized indoor pool is currently in the final throes of development in SportMalta’s Cottonera Complex and is expected to be ready in time for the Games, whilst the outdoor National Pool Complex  in Gzira has also undergone significant refurbishment and is ready to host the swimming events in June.   In the coming months, a handball pavillion, a gymnastics centre, rugby stadium, a tennis, squash and weightlifting centre as well as an indoor pool on the other island of Gozo will also be inaugurated all to the tune of €60m of investment which included a world class Shooting Range.

“Since we officially launched the Games a year ago, the number of hours put in by the volunteers in preparation for these Games have been immeasurable.  All this is being done to ensure that all the delegations will have a memorable experience in Malta” remarked Mark Cutajar, Chair of the local Games Organising Committee “As we reach the 100 day mark, there is still a lot of work to be done, but am confident that the Games will be extraordinary”

Maltese Olympic Committee’s Director of Sport Charlene Attard explained the holistic approach that is being taken for all athletes earmarked for participation in the ten sporting disciplines.  Attard explained that apart from following an intensive technical programme, athletes have also access to medical, psychological, nutritional and strength and conditioning services.  Whilst the initial list of athletes is being drafted, Attard explained that six athletes have already gained their first Minimum Qualifying Standard (MQS)  in Athletics, however they still need to obtain the second MQS by April.  In other sports, such as tennis and squash, athletes have been competing on professional tours and have achieved some very good results. Similarly in sailing, judo and shooting, whilst in Basketball and Rugby 7s, are currently competing abroad and will be flying in the Malta closer to the date to be present for the local training schedules. Although table tennis has undergone some challening times in the part months training is steadily progressing and there is cautious optimism for this discipline.

“Malta will be competing in all the ten disciplines and we are looking at a contingent of approximately 240 athletes. We are working hard to achieve our objective that of having the best medal tally in the Games of the Small States of Europe here in Malta as well as ensuring these Games will leave a strong legacy for future generations” concluded Charlene Attard, Director of Sport.

The Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima addressed the journalists and officials who attended and spoke about the importance of these Games, which will be hosted in our country. He remarked that this is not only a sporting event that will continue to raise Malta’s name in the sports sector, but it is also the beginning of a legacy that will be left for the children of today and tomorrow.

“Today we are giving a detailed technical background that shows the preparations that are being made for this international sporting event that will take place in our country”, said Minister Grima. “But beyond this event we want to introduce the culture of sport and physical activity in our schools, to nurture in children, from a young age, the love of sport and therefore lead them to be the sportsmen and athletes of our country of the future”, explained Minister Clifton Grima. He also said that these games will unite us as Maltese and Gozitans who will proudly support the country’s flag, and our athletes who will do their best to achieve the expected results.

The XIX Games of the Small States of Europe will take place between the 29th May and 3rd June and are supported by the – Government of Malta, , Sport Malta, National Development Social Fund, European Olympic Committees, Ministry for Tourism, MITA, AIMS, National Lottery, Wellbee’s Supermarkets, ATOS and General Soft Drinks.

Minister Clifton Grima visits the site of the first indoor swimming pool in Cottonera

SportMalta News January 7, 2023 0

The first indoor swimming pool project with an investment of €14 million will be among the best sports complexes in the Mediterranean. SportMalta’s project of the first indoor swimming pool of an international scale in the Cottonera Sports Complex, with an investment of €14 million, will be among the best sports complexes in the Mediterranean. The Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima, while visiting the ongoing works on this project said, “It is gratifying that this state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool will be an excellent opportunity for the aquatic sport sector in our country to continue to push forward and continue to contribute to more successes that have been achieved in recent years. This project is also promised in the electoral manifesto”. It was explained that works have been completed on the roof of the swimming pool which is specially made to complement the ramparts and is also intended to absorb external noise, so there is no sound discomfort for the surrounding neighbors . The construction works on the dressing rooms, offices, control rooms, and rooms for sanitary needs have also been completed. Part of the project included the construction of a plant room and a tunnel under the swimming pool, through which cars pass, part of the ring road of the complex.
 
The CEO of SportMalta Mark Cutajar said, “This project is part of a series of projects that SportMalta takes care of, and through it we will have one of the best sports complexes in the Mediterranean because the indoor swimming pool will complement the Pavilion facility, and has space for 400 spectators as well as a conference hall and a cafeteria”. With this pool, local athletes will no longer be disadvantaged compared to foreign athletes who used to train in an open pool but compete in an indoor pool. With this project the programs within SportMalta will grow and develop into more opportunities for athletes and school children.