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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.

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.

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.

Transnational Project Meeting of the Open Data for Sport Governance project in Slovenia

SportMalta News October 10, 2022 0

Open Data for Sport Governance is an Erasmus+ project (within the category of promoting and supporting good governance in sport), co-funded by the European Union, led by the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC Barcelona), and developed jointly with the collaboration of the Centre for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES, France), the Lithuanian Sports Federation (LUSF, Lithuania), the Centre for the Organisation for Sports Education (OPES, Italy), SPORTMALTA (Malta), the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ, Portugal) and the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (Slovenia).

The overall objective of the project is to create a governance and management tool to analyse, compare and help European sport organisations to be managed in a more efficient and transparent way. The aim is therefore to help sport managers by providing them with data on management indicators and, through the IT tool, to position their organisation in comparison with the score of the sport organisations participating in the project. In this way, the tool can become a source of information that assists sport organisations in setting their short- and long-term objectives.
The project focuses on the evaluation of sports organisations in terms of eight dimensions, considering various parameters and indicators in each of them. Thus, the IT tool provides the positioning of the entities in relation to Governance, Strategy, Sport, Marketing, Human Resources, Procedures and Technology, Social Responsibility, and Finance. The platform provides all this information visually through bar charts, comparative tables, and colours to help interpret the data provided.

In a first phase, the project was aimed at sports organisations such as sports federations, clubs, and multi-sports clubs. The project analysed sports modalities common to the 7 countries participating in the project, such as football, basketball, swimming, tennis, and athletics, but also some specific sports from each of the countries. Finally, the project sample consists of a total of 518 sports organisations (83 sports federations and 434 clubs, of which 50 are multi-sports clubs).

Data collection was approached by means of a structured questionnaire to obtain primary quantitative and qualitative data from the sports organisations.
The results of applying a multi-dimensional framework of analysis across sport organisations reveals a wide range of scores across all organisations and considerable room for improvement against the metrics. While it may not be necessary to quantify performance in all these areas to understand that there are opportunities for improvement, we believe that this analytical perspective can help organisations to set their short and medium-term priorities, and consequently to promote change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level) in those areas where there is room for improvement. In conclusion, this project can contribute to the sustainability and consolidation of the sport model of our sport organisations.

Those responsible for the project would like to thank the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia, the General Secretariat of Sport and all those responsible of sports federations and clubs for the support necessary to develop this project.

This project has been co-funded by the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia and the European Union, in the framework of the Erasmus+ Sport Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the consortium of partner associations working on the Open Data For Sport Governance initiative and can in no way be taken to reflect the position of the INEFC, the European Union or the management structures of the Erasmus+ Sport programme.

#BeActive Snooker Competition

SportMalta News October 5, 2022 0

During this year’s edition of the European Week of Sport at the Snooker Academy in Ħamrun, a competition was organized in two different categories, the men’s on a ‘knock out with handicap’ basis and another for children who attend SportMalta’s coaching and training programm, On The Move.

The children’s competition started during the main activity that took place in the Cottonera Complex after the maintenance work that was recently done in this place with new surface or rather new cloth on the snooker table that is located in this the complex. From ten boys and one girl who took part, Xavier Rizzo and Andrei Cini got the best results and qualified for the final of this category which took place on the same day of the men’s competition final.


In the men’s category 32 participants took part and before the final each phase was played on the basis of the best score from 5 frames. In the semifinals Philip Ciantar and Joseph Casha defeated Ivan Attard and Aaron Busuttil respectively.

The two finals took place on Friday 30 September and the first final was the Under 16 where Xavier Rizzo won against Andrei Cini with a score of 2-0. After this final, Mrs. Rose Marie Mercieca, Head of the Events Department within SportMalta, presented the trophies to the finalists.

The men’s final was played on the best of seven frames and even though Philip Ciantar started with a disadvantage of 7 points in each frame due to the ‘handicap’ system he still managed to win and beat Joseph Casha with a final score of 4-1. The Chairman of SportMalta, Dr Andrew Decelis after this final made the presentations to Ciantar as the winner and Casha as runner up.

Present for this activity was also the CEO of SportMalta, Mr. Mark Cutajar.

Kicking off #BeActive – European Week of Sport

SportMalta News September 29, 2022 0

The Valletta Football Academy hosted a week full of fun and being #Active, they organised a Football tournament under the name of World Cup Tournament.

In the Salinos Ground 8 teams with a total of 64 youngsters took part, this tournament brought together children from different backgrounds and lifestyles to enjoy sport and #BeActive together. The tournament was held on a team round robin basis moving on to a knockout leading to the finals.\

The event was held from the 12th of September till the 17th of September, you can find detailed times of upcoming events on our European Week of Sport calendar which include events that you can take part in or attend so that we keep on moving, doing exercise and always #BeActive.

SportMalta News September 29, 2022 0

On the 14th of September the Malta Netball Association organised an event consisting of non-players and elite players to introduce new individuals to netball and experience the sport for the first time.

This activity was a part of the Mellieha Sports Club 75th Anniversary and along with SportMalta and #BeActive this event was possible to attract many individuals. The Mellieha female team was made up of various ages, including players that play in the Open Senior Team and also the U21 Team. It was a great and successful event to get players of all ages involved and #Beactive.

To view more events during the European Week of Sport and motivate yourself to #BeActive visit our calendar link to see all the upcoming events