SportMalta wins the Public Service Award for Best Project – Cottonera Indoor Pool

SportMalta News June 24, 2024 0

Congratulations to SportMalta on receiving the prestigious Project of the Year award at the Public Service Awards 2024! This remarkable achievement underscores SportMalta’s unwavering commitment to fostering a vibrant sports culture in Malta. Let’s dive into the details of this groundbreaking project:

Cottonera Sports Complex: A Triumph of Innovation

The Cottonera Sports Complex, nestled in the picturesque southern part of Malta, has become a beacon of progress and community engagement. Here’s why it’s a game-changer:

  1. Indoor Pool Excellence: The jewel in the crown is the state-of-the-art indoor pool. Designed with meticulous attention to detail, it offers athletes and enthusiasts a world-class aquatic facility. From elite swimmers to beginners, everyone benefits from this versatile space.
  2. Inclusivity: SportMalta’s vision extends beyond medals and records. The Cottonera Sports Complex is a place where people of all abilities, and backgrounds come together. Adaptive programs and swimming lessons ensure that no one is left behind.
  3. Sustainability: The facility incorporates eco-friendly features, from energy-efficient lighting to water-saving measures. SportMalta’s commitment to sustainability aligns with global efforts to protect our planet.

SportMalta’s Impact

SportMalta, operating under the Ministry for Education and Sport, plays a pivotal role in shaping Malta’s sporting landscape. Their dedication to promoting health, inclusivity, and success through sports is commendable. Let’s celebrate the achievements of our athletes and continue supporting initiatives like the Cottonera Sports Complex!

Malta Hosts Thrilling 2024 Water Polo Champions League Final Four

SportMalta News June 9, 2024 0

Malta has just played host to the 2024 European Aquatics Men’s Water Polo Champions League Final Four. Teams from across Europe battled it out in intense matches, showcasing their skills and determination. Let’s dive into the highlights and key moments from this prestigious event.

Semi-Finals Recap

 

The semi-finals took place on June 5, 2024, at the National Pool Complex in Malta. Here’s a quick rundown:

 

  1. Semi-Final 1: Recco vs. Olympiacos

– In a nail-biting encounter, Recco emerged victorious in a thrilling shootout thriller against Olympiacos.

 

  1. Semi-Final 2: Ferencvaros vs. Novi Beograd

– Ferencvaros secured their spot in the final by defeating Novi Beograd.

 

Bronze Medal Match

 

On June 7, 2024, the bronze medal match unfolded:

 

– Bronze Medal Game: Olympiacos vs. Novi Beograd

– Olympiacos showcased their resilience, clinching the bronze medal.

The Grand Finale

 

The gold medal match was the pinnacle of excitement:

 

– Gold Medal Game: Recco vs. Ferencvaros

– Recco and Ferencvaros battled fiercely for the championship title.

– In a closely contested match, Ferencvaros emerged as the champions.

 

Malta’s Hosting Triumph

 

Malta’s National Pool Complex provided a stunning backdrop for these high-stakes water polo clashes. The agreement to host the Champions League Final Four for the next three years (2024, 2025, and 2026) solidifies Malta’s position as a premier water polo destination.

Congratulations to all the teams, and a heartfelt thank you to the Aquatics Sport Association of Malta in collaboration with SportMalta for an unforgettable water polo spectacle!

Thrilling Start to the Waterpolo Champions League Final 4 in Malta

SportMalta News June 6, 2024 0

The Waterpolo Champions League Final 4 Malta 2024 has officially begun with an electrifying series of matches, captivating fans around the world. The first game featured an intense showdown between Pro Recco and Olympiakos, setting the stage for a dramatic tournament.

In a nail-biting finish, the match between Pro Recco and Olympiakos ended in a thrilling penalty shootout. Both teams showcased their skills and determination, making it a memorable opener for the tournament.

Game 2 brought another epic clash as Ferencváros faced off against Novi Beograd. The match lived up to its high expectations, concluding in another penalty shootout. Ferencváros emerged victorious, demonstrating their prowess in a gripping contest.

As the Waterpolo Champions League Final 4 Malta 2024 continues, fans eagerly await more exciting matches and unforgettable moments. Stay tuned for further updates from this spectacular event.

Waterpolo Champions League Final 4 Press Conference

SportMalta News June 5, 2024 0

The highly anticipated Waterpolo Champions League Final 4 kicked off with a press conference today, marking the official start of this prestigious event. Karl Izzo, President of the Aquatic Sports Association (ASA), expressed his gratitude to all participants and extended a special thanks to Mark Cutajar, CEO of SportMalta, for his invaluable assistance in organizing the event.
“I am honored to declare the games open,” stated Izzo, highlighting the collective efforts that made this event possible.
Kyriakos Giannopoulos, Vice President of the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN), also took the stage to extend his appreciation. “I would like to thank all the sponsors and the Minister for hosting this prestigious league final 4,” Giannopoulos remarked, emphasizing the vital support that has brought the event to fruition.
The Minister for Sport, Clifton Grima, welcomed everyone to the island, underscoring Malta’s commitment to fostering sports excellence. “We are committed for the coming three years to leave a legacy with our youngsters,” the Minister stated, signaling a long-term vision for the development of youth sports in the region.
Following the opening remarks, representatives from the four participating teams engaged with journalists, answering questions and providing insights into their preparations and expectations for the tournament.
This year’s Final 4 promises to be an exciting showcase of top-tier waterpolo talent, bringing together teams and fans from around the world in a celebration of athleticism and sportsmanship.

Government Launches National Assistance Scheme to Support Paralympic Athletes

SportMalta News June 3, 2024 0

In a significant move to foster inclusivity and excellence in sports, the government has announced the launch of the National Assistance Scheme for Paralympic Athletes. This initiative is designed to provide essential financial support to Paralympic athletes for acquiring adaptive sports equipment necessary for their training and competition.

 

Recognizing the importance of equal opportunities in sports, the government acknowledges the unique challenges faced by Paralympic athletes in accessing specialized equipment tailored to their needs. The scheme aims to empower these athletes to achieve their full potential and represent the nation with pride on the international stage.

 

Many Paralympic athletes encounter financial barriers that hinder their ability to obtain the adaptive sports equipment they require to compete at their best. Existing support mechanisms, including sponsorships and grants, often fall short in meeting the diverse needs of athletes across various sports disciplines.

 

To bridge this gap, the government proposes the establishment of the National Assistance Scheme with an initial funding pledge of €250,000. This funding will be allocated to eligible Paralympic athletes, enabling them to purchase the necessary adaptive sports equipment.

Minister Clifton Grima recalled the day when the Maltese Paralympic Committee started and reflected on the progress made since then. He stated, “The journey of the Maltese Paralympic Committee has been remarkable, and we are proud to support this movement through this scheme. The ministry offers its full support to our Paralympic athletes and is committed to ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed.”

Keith Bartolo, Vice Chairman of SportMalta, expressed his gratitude, saying, “I thank the Minister, the SportMalta Board of Directors, and the Management for supporting this scheme. I am glad that SportMalta was given the opportunity to be a small part of this Paralympic movement. This initiative is a testament to our collective commitment to fostering inclusivity and excellence in sports.”

Julian Bajada, General Secretary of the Maltese Paralympic Committee, addressed the press conference, stating, “Through this scheme, I am more than convinced that many can benefit significantly. This support will be a game-changer for our athletes, allowing them to focus on their training and competition without the added stress of financial constraints.”

Press Conference Launches Waterpolo Champions League Final Malta 2024

SportMalta News May 28, 2024 0

Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima and Minister for Tourism and Public Cleanliness Clayton Bartolo address a press conference regarding the Waterpolo Champions League Men Final 4
‘Pixxina Nazzjonali, Tal-Qroqq, MsidaMalta, May 28, 2024 – The anticipation for the Waterpolo Champions League Final 2024 is building, as a press conference held today officially launched the event. Karl Izzo, President of the Aquatic Sports Association of Malta, expressed his enthusiasm for water polo and Maltese sports, urging spectators to join in and support the event.

 

“I have a profound love for water polo and Maltese sport. I encourage everyone to come out and support this prestigious event,” Izzo stated, highlighting the significance of the tournament for the local sports community.

Izzo extended his gratitude to SportMalta, emphasizing the pivotal role played by its CEO, Mark Cutajar, in making the event possible. “We couldn’t have achieved this without the unwavering support of SportMalta and the leadership of Mark Cutajar,” he added.

 

Hon. Clayton Bartolo, Minister for Tourism, praised the collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry for Sport, led by Hon. Clifton Grima. “This event showcases the fruitful cooperation between our ministries, which ultimately benefits Maltese sport and tourism,” Bartolo remarked.

Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima and Minister for Tourism and Public Cleanliness Clayton Bartolo address a press conference regarding the Waterpolo Champions League Men Final 4
‘Pixxina Nazzjonali, Tal-Qroqq, Msida

Minister Clifton Grima echoed these sentiments, thanking everyone involved in the organization of the event. “The dedication and hard work of all parties involved are truly commendable. This event is a testament to our commitment to promoting sports in Malta,” Grima said.

Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima and Minister for Tourism and Public Cleanliness Clayton Bartolo address a press conference regarding the Waterpolo Champions League Men Final 4
‘Pixxina Nazzjonali, Tal-Qroqq, Msida

The Waterpolo Champions League Final promises to be a landmark event, celebrating the sport and fostering a sense of community among spectators and participants alike.

 

MALTA TO HOST EUROPEAN AQUATICS MEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL FOUR FROM 5-7 JUNE 2024

SportMalta News May 26, 2024 0

The European Aquatics Men’s Champions League Final Four, the highest event in the clubs’
water polo calendar, will take place in Malta from 5th to 7th June 2024. This prestigious
competition, which Malta will host for the next three years, is not just a sporting event but a
significant milestone that will shape the island’s sports culture and infrastructure, leaving a
lasting legacy.
The tournament will showcase top European water polo teams in high-stakes matches,
including two semi-finals and two finals at the National Pool Complex in Tal-Qroqq.
Competing teams include the record-holding Pro Recco (ITA), the reigning European
champions for the third consecutive year; Novi Beograd (SRB), runners-up in the last two
editions and hosts of the previous three Final Eight tournaments; Ferencvaros (HUN), the
2019 champions; and Olympiacos, the Greek powerhouse and two-time Champions League
winners.
As part of the event, a sports village will be established at the venue’s entrance to enhance
the spectators’ experience. The village will open at 17:00, while the first semifinal will kick off
at 19:00 and the second semifinal at 21:00. The third and fourth place and the grand final will
be played on 7th June at the same times.
The Ministry responsible for Sport and the Aquatic Sports Association have expressed keen
interest in organising this event. Their successful bid for the 2024 to 2026 editions is a
testament to Malta’s growing prowess in the sport on an international level. The commitment
to host such a high-profile tournament underscores Malta’s ambition to cement its position
in sports tourism and increase its visibility within the global sporting community.
The event will be broadcast across various international television networks and amplified
through strong social media engagement, ensuring a broad European audience. Already, five
international broadcasters have confirmed that they will be transmitting the event.

The European Aquatics Men’s Champions League Final Four is not just an opportunity for
sports fans to witness top-tier water polo. It’s a chance for the local community to be part of
an international event, to feel the excitement, and to contribute to its success. Volunteers
and local businesses, this is your moment to shine and show your support for the sport and
your community!
The very last tickets are on sale through the Aquatic Sports Association website,
www.asaofmalta.eu. Due to security reasons, tickets will not be sold at the door.

National Sports Day 2024 Draws 1000 Students to Marsa Sports Grounds

SportMalta News May 6, 2024 0

Marsa Sports Grounds witnessed an exhilarating celebration of athleticism as National Sports Day 2024, organized by SportMalta, brought together 1000 students from primary schools across the region. The event, held on 6th May 2024, showcased a plethora of engaging activities, fostering camaraderie and healthy competition among participants.
From traditional favorites like the 3-legged race, potato race, and sack race to adrenaline-pumping relays and skipping challenges, the day was filled with excitement and enthusiasm. Students displayed their agility, teamwork, and determination as they competed in various events, cheered on by supportive peers and spectators.
Organized by the office of Dr Lydia Abela, the Ministry for Education and Sport, with SportMalta as a partner, the event aimed to promote physical activity and sportsmanship among children while providing a platform for them to showcase their talents and camaraderie. Participants were not only encouraged to excel in their chosen events but also to embody the values of fair play, respect, and teamwork.
Reflecting on the success of the day, Mark Cutajar, CEO of SportMalta, expressed gratitude to all participants, teachers, and coaches who contributed to making National Sports Day 2024 a resounding success. Hon Clifton Grima emphasized the importance of being active, echoing Dr Lydia Abela’s sentiments on the significance of sports in fostering holistic development and nurturing a healthy lifestyle among young individuals.
As the echoes of cheers and applause fade away, the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie ignited on National Sports Day 2024 continues to inspire and empower the children, reminding them of the invaluable lessons learned both on and off the field.

SportMalta Signs Agreement with Special Olympics Malta to Support Inclusivity and Empower Athletes

SportMalta News April 23, 2024 0

In a significant move towards promoting inclusivity and support for the community, SportMalta has sealed a partnership deal with Special Olympics Malta. This exciting agreement entails financial assistance aimed at bolstering the remarkable initiatives of Special Olympics Malta, fostering diversity, inclusion, and harnessing the transformative power of sports for all individuals.
The announcement of this collaboration was met with great enthusiasm from both organizations. Dr. Lydia Abela, President of Special Olympics Malta, hailed the occasion as one of the most beautiful days for Special Olympics, marking the beginning of a partnership poised to benefit special athletes significantly. Expressing her delight, she emphasized the positive impact this agreement would have on the lives of athletes under the Special Olympics banner.
Mark Cutajar, Chief Executive Officer of SportMalta, underscored the alignment of missions between SportMalta and Special Olympics through this partnership. He highlighted the shared commitment to fostering inclusivity and ensuring that individuals of all abilities have access to sports opportunities. Cutajar emphasized that SportMalta is proud to support Special Olympics in their endeavors and looks forward to the positive outcomes this collaboration will yield.
Gilmour Borg, a Special Olympics athlete, conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to both Special Olympics Malta and SportMalta for their unwavering support. His gratitude echoed the sentiments of many athletes within the Special Olympics community who stand to benefit from the resources and opportunities facilitated by this partnership.
Honorable Minister Clifton Grima commended the resilience and determination exhibited by Special Olympics athletes, describing them as an inspiration to all. He extended his gratitude to the dedicated staff of Special Olympics Malta and SportMalta for their tireless efforts in making this collaboration a reality.
The culmination of the announcement saw the official signing of the partnership contract between the two organizations. Chairman Matthew Pisani represented SportMalta, while Anna Calleja represented Special Olympics Malta, symbolizing the commitment of both parties to work hand in hand towards creating a more inclusive and supportive sporting environment.
Additionally, it was revealed that €600,000 will be allocated over a period of three years as part of this agreement, further underlining the commitment of SportMalta to supporting Special Olympics Malta in their endeavors.
This landmark agreement not only signifies a milestone in the journey towards inclusivity but also reinforces the collective efforts of SportMalta and Special Olympics Malta in championing the rights and abilities of all individuals, regardless of their background or abilities. As the partnership unfolds, it is poised to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of countless athletes across Malta.

Aquatic Sports Association Successful Under 12s Swimming Festival

SportMalta News April 3, 2024 0

On March 30, 2024, the Aquatic Sports Association organized an event aimed at promoting swimming among young enthusiasts. The Under 12s Swimming Festival took place at the New Cottonera Olympic Sized Pool, attracting over 100 participants from 8 different clubs. Representatives from the Malta Paralympic Committee, Special Olympics, and SportMalta also attended, contributing to the inclusive atmosphere of the event.
The festival’s main goal was to introduce more children to the joys of swimming. It provided a platform for young swimmers to showcase their skills and passion, with events like the 25m Freestyle, 25m Breaststroke, and 25m Backstroke featuring spirited competition among participants.
SportMalta played a significant role in the festival, with over 20 students competing across various disciplines. Beyond the thrill of competition, the event offered participants a chance to bond with fellow swimmers and improve their skills.
The medal presentation ceremony was a highlight of the day, recognizing every participant for their dedication. The sense of achievement and camaraderie fostered during the festival inspired young swimmers to pursue their goals with renewed enthusiasm.
Events like the Under 12s Swimming Festival are essential for nurturing the next generation of swimmers. The enthusiasm and talent displayed by participants underscore the importance of providing opportunities for young athletes to excel in the sport.

As the festival concluded, the Aquatic Sports Association reiterated its commitment to promoting swimming as a vital aspect of health, fitness, and community engagement. With initiatives like the Under 12s Swimming Festival, the future of aquatic sports in Malta looks promising.