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.

2022 The President’s Solidarity FUNRUN – L-ISTRINA

SportMalta News January 6, 2023 0

St George’s Square in Valletta filled with people who had either walked or run over the four different routes to continue boosting donations for the Foundation, to participate in an event organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund and SportMalta, an annual appointment responded to by many in solidarity for those who are in need. Some participants ran the distance from Rabat to Valletta while others walked from Santa Venera, Paola or the University.

This year’s President’s Solidarity FUNRUN was held on the 11th of December with the great amount of 228,637 collected to the Malta Community Chest Fund during L-Istrina. This shows an overwhelming display of solidarity and year after year people’s solidarity exceeds expectations

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President’s Solidarity Fun Run 2022

SportMalta News November 18, 2022 0

The President’s Solidarity Fun Run 2022 which was scheduled to take place this Sunday, has been postponed to 11th December due to inclement weather.

The routes will still remain the same, that is the walks starting in Paola, Santa Venera and Tal-Qroqq whilst the run will start from Rabat.

You can get your t-shirt from SportMalta’s venues, Tal-Qroqq National Pool, Cottonera Sports Complex and Kirkop Sports Complex, from the Malta Community Chest Fund offices, from the President’s Palace Attard and from all Local Councils.

Follow the link below if you want to be part part of SportMalta’s team during this event

https://forms.gle/sSxuvKZ12zGfbH8eA

Come and join us for this good cause!

SportMalta sharing ideas on how one can do physical activity in small spaces

SportMalta News November 14, 2022 0

Last Saturday, SportMalta took part in Honey the Kids San Ġwann, an event dedicated to children and their families. During the event, the entity shared ideas on how one can do physical activity with the rest of the family in confined spaces.

During the event SportMalta representatives offered a cookie to those who visited its stand. These guests were urged to do exercises on the spot, to burn off the energy obtained from the cookie.

The exercises suggested, were fun, very simple and could easily be done with all the family in small spaces such as indoors at home. These exercises needed no equipment or just simple apparatus such as a skipping rope.

As one of the participants stated, such exercises offer an opportunity to #BeActive with the whole family at home.

Freebies, with messages to #BeActive were distributed precisely to raise awareness about the importance of being physically active.

Launch of the President’s Solidarity Fun Run

SportMalta News October 30, 2022 0

President George Vella launched The President’s Solidarity Fun Run taking place on the 20th of November with a walk or run from four localities to St George’s Square in front of the Valletta Palace.

Encouraging everyone to take part, President Vella said that he is very much looking forward to meeting with the people again for a solidarity walk together starting from Paola, Tal-Qroqq and Santa Venera. The run will start from Saqqajja, Rabat. The President said that this event is an opportunity for the people of Malta to show what unites us as people.

The CEO of SportMalta and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, Mark Cutajar, said that this much-awaited event will return to the traditional format where participants can start from four different locations and walk or run towards the Valletta Palace. The start from Paola square, from the University of Malta chapel, from Santa Venera and from Saqqajja, Rabat, will be at 9.30am.

 

Present for the launch were Mrs Miriam Vella, the President of the Local Councils’ Association, Mario Fava, the Enemed Executive Chairperson, Kevin Chircop, the Opposition’s Spokesperson for Sport, Graham Bencini, and the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, Clifton Grima.

Mr Chircop, on behalf of the main sponsor Enemed, said that it is part of their duty as a company to help those in need and all those who seek the help of The Malta Community Chest Fund. He encouraged companies to be proactive and help, rather than waiting for someone to knock on their door.

Mr Mario Fava said that the Local Councils will once again give all their support to encourage the residents to take part in this national activity, engage in physical exercise and at the same time show solidarity. He said that from tomorrow, Saturday, the Local Councils will start registering the public for the Fun Run.

Minister Grima said that this sporting event supports all those going through a difficult time, while Mr Bencini said that The President’s Solidarity Fun Run is a true expression of solidarity. They said that sport is an element that unites us as one country.

The President of Malta presides over the launch of The President’s Solidarity Fun Run 2022

Applications for The President’s Solidarity Fun Run can be submitted to all Local Councils, the Kitchen Garden, Sant’Anton Palace, the MCCF office in Valletta, and the SportMalta complexes in Kirkop, Cottonera, the Tal-Qroqq National Pool Complex and the Ta’ Kandja Shooting Range. Applications can also be submitted during the ‘Festa Palazz’ event taking place at the Verdala Palace tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Registration is €10.

World Squash Day – #BeActive

SportMalta News October 30, 2022 0

To commemorate this year’s World Squash Day, a Timed Team Tournament was organised on the 15th of October. Eight teams competed in this Timed Team Tournament which there made up of 4 individuals in each team.

This event brought together squash enthusiast to celebrate both the World Squash Day and #BeActive during the European Week of Sport. This event saw Team Hougaard’s Hornets win this year’s tournament.

To view all the events held during the European Week of Sport, visit the link below and #BeActive.  https://sportmalta.mt/events/ewos-home/ewos-calendar/

European Schools Sports Day ESSD 2022

SportMalta News October 14, 2022 0

On the 14th of October, all the Maltese and Gozitan schools celebrated the Day dedicated to sport, an initiative of SportMalta together with the European Commission as part of the activities of the European Week of Sport.

Apart from the many primary, middle and secondary schools that organized the activities in their schools, SportMalta held its main activity at the Tal-Qroqq Complex. More than 500 children of second and third primary class attended 75 minutes of physical activity presented by the popular actors DanuSan.

The schools of Sliema, San Ġiljan, San Ġwann, Pembroke and Gzira did a number of physical activities and dances and received a message that sport, and physical activity are important for a healthy life physically and mentally. This event is also a prelude to another schedule of the #OntheMove program that will start next week in schools and various SportMalta complexes.

Present for this event was the Minister of Education and Sport, Clifton Grima who conveyed the message of SportMalta so that Malta is more active, inclusive and successful. The Chief Executive Mark Cutajar encouraged the children to deliver a message to their parents and grandparents on the importance of doing at least half an hour every day of an activity such as a walk in the locality where they live. Also present are the Coordinator of Malta for the European Week of Sport Rose Marie Mercieca and the Principal of the college Jonathan Attard.

The European Day of Sport in Schools, which is part of the European Week of Sport initiative, involves physical activity that encourages children to #BeActive for at least 120 minutes a day or to run or walk a certain amount of distance.

 

U-20 #BeActive Handball – National Team Training

SportMalta News October 13, 2022 0

The Handball players of the U20 National Team had special training on the 2nd of October to commemorate the European Week of Sport and #BeActive. The training session held over 20 youngsters that are training to go compete in Kosovo in the IHF Trophy – European Zone.

The Malta U20 Men National Handball team will travel to Pristina between the 11th and 15th of October. The Malta squad will be facing Andorra, Bulgaria, Great Britain, and hosts Kosovo. Preparation has been underway in the past few weeks with a final squad composed of 14 players travelling for the tournament.

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

European Schools Sport Day Flagship Event at National Pool Tal-Qroqq 14th October 2022

SportMalta News October 13, 2022 0

On Friday 14th October 2022 SportMalta in collaboration with the European Commission will celebrate the European School Sport Day.  For this event over 500 students will be part of a the Flagship Event  at the National Pool Complex, Tal-Qroqq.

In order to ensure the safety of our students, SportMalta would like to advise our National Pool athletes and members that tomorrow between 05:30 and 12:00 hours part of the National Pool parking will be closed.

SportMalta apologizes for any inconvenience.