2024 will be a remarkable year for SportMalta since it will be celebrating its ten years following the transition from the then Kunsill Malti għall-Isport. In the last press conference of the year SportMalta gave details about the first activities in 2024 and recognised several schools which took part in the SportMalta Schools Sports Day. A recognition night to celebrate individuals who supported society through sport and physical activity.
Rose Marie Mercieca, Coordinator of the European Week of Sport said that SportMalta would like to recognize the work done in the schools of Malta and Gozo as part of the European Week initiative of Sport. She said that since its inception ten years ago, the participation within this initiative continued to grow year after year reaching a record participation in 2023. She congratulated all the schools and stressed on the importance of dissemination in schools and beyond.
Mark Cutajar CEO SportMalta said that in as in the last ten years, SportMalta will keep serving the society at large by providing opportunities to associations, clubs, individuals to practice sport and physical activity. Her announced that a Conference ‘Celebrating Sport in Malta’ will happen between the 12th and the 13th of January 2024.
The main themes of the conference will be mental wellbeing, parental involvement, sustainability in events and promotion of sport in school. The three sessions will have a different audience namely teachers and coaches on Friday morning, parents on Friday afternoon and Sport Associations and clubs on Saturday Morning. For this a high-level international line up will deliver keynote presentations. Amongst the speakers there will be Barbara Brennan an Irish Mental Health Advocate, Canadian Architect James Thoem, Olivier Goudet from UEFA and from World Rugby Greg Woods and Jason Lewis.
SportMalta Chairman Omar spoke about the successes that SportMalta had in the last ten years and said that the entity is committed to keep on delivering. Sport is not only measured by medals but is also measured with values inculcated in all participants.
Minister Clifton Grima the public consultation document on the Strategy for Education with the strategy for sport. He congratulated all the school who took part in the SportMalta Schools Sports Day and highlighted the benefits of such initiatives. He remarked on the achievement reached by SportMalta and on the success of the local athletes in the Games of Small States of Europe 2023.
Minister Grima together with SportMalta Chairman Omar Farrugia presented sport equipment to participating schools.