Celebrating Sport in Malta is an annual Conference which brings together different stakeholders from within the sport sector. SportMalta recognizes that there is a wide spectrum of different stakeholders within the sector, which is eager to learn, to discuss and to share good practices. While the Conference addresses sport in general, it ensures to reach out to sport organizations, coaching staff, parents of young athletes and all those who, in some way or another, contribute to this amazing world of sport. The Conference aims to be a unique platform where international and local speakers share their expertise, through their knowledge and vast experience. Several important international sporting bodies find their way to participate in this Conference leading to the enrichment of Maltese sport. The Conference is surely the ideal platform for those who would like to take the advantage to reach one’s own potential for the benefit of sport. 

Agenda

Moderation by Pierre Cassar, Administrative Director. Marketing, Communications and Alumni Office, University of Malta

Friday 12th January 2024 – Morning Session

Physical Education Teachers / Coaches / Sport Students

08:30 – Registration 

09:00 – Introduction by Hon Clifton Grima – Minister for Education, Sport, Youth,      Research, and Innovation

09:05 – Address by Mark Cutajar – Chief Executive Officer, SportMalta

09:10 – Keynote – Silence Mental Health Workshop by Barbara Brennan – Mental Well-Being Advocate

10:10 – Panel Discussion – National Education Strategy 2024 – 2030 with Ritianne Borg Saliba – Director General, MEYR, Luciano Busuttil – Chief Executive Officer, AIMS and Renzo Kerr-Cumbo – Senior Lecturer, MCAST

10:45 – Coffee Break 

11:15 – Keynote – Active Cities – Placemaking and Physical Activity by James Thoem – Gehl Associate

 

12:15 – Keynote – Growing the Game ‘T1 Rugby’ by Greg Woods – Participation Programmes Manager, World Rugby

13:15 – Closure by Matthew Pisani – Deputy Chairperson, SportMalta

Friday 12th January 2024 – Evening Session

Parents and Guardians of Young Athletes          

 

16:45 – Registration

17:00 – Introduction by Hon Clifton Grima – Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation                                             

17:10 – Keynote – Silence Mental Health Workshop by Barbara Brennan – Mental Well-Being Advocate

 

18:10 – Coffee Break          

18:25 – Panel Discussion – Athletes’ Support with Andrew Azzopardi – Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri – GSSE Malta 2023 Athlete and Daniel Tabone – President, Malta Handball Association

19:10 – Closure by Mark Cutajar – Chief Executive Officer, SportMalta

Saturday 13th January 2024

Sports Organizations

08:30 – Registration

08:45 – Introduction by Mark Cutajar – Chief Executive Officer, SportMalta                      

08:50 – Keynote – Active Cities – Placemaking and Physical Activity by James Thoem – Gehl Associate

09:50 – Panel Discussion – European Week of Sport with Rose Marie Mercieca – National Coordinator European Week of Sport, SportMalta, Christabel Damato – Sports Director, Special Olympics, Mark Marlow – President, MESA and Marko Glumac – Technical Director, KHS

10:30 – Coffee Break

11:00 – Keynote – UEFA EURO 2024 – Sustainability Strategy and Legacy Aspects by Olivier Gudet – Senior Project Manager, UEFA

12:00 – Keynote – Leveraging Participation to Grow Major Events by Jason Lewis – Director of Participation, World Rugby

13:00 – Closure by Hon Clifton Grima – Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation

13:05 – Distribution of Financial Assistances by Hon Clifton Grima – Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation and Matthew Pisani – Deputy Chairperson, SportMalta

2024 Speakers’ Line-up

Hon Clifton Grima – Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation

Mark Cutajar – Chief Executive Officer, SportMalta

Matthew Pisani – Deputy Chairperson, SportMalta

Barbara Brennan – Mental Well-Being Advocate

Ritianne Borg Saliba – Director General, MEYR

Luciano Busuttil – Chief Executive Officer, AIMS

Renzo Kerr-Cumbo – Senior Lecturer, MCAST

James Thoem – Gehl Associate

Greg Woods – Participation Programmes Manager, World Rugby

Jason Lewis – Director of Participation, World Rugby

Andrew Azzopardi – Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri – GSSE Malta 2023 Athlete

Daniel Tabone – President, Malta Handball Association

Rose Marie Mercieca – Acting Director, SportMalta

Mark Marlow – President, Malta Employees Sports Association

Marko Glumac Technical Director, Know How Soccer

Olivier Gudet – Senior Project Manager, UEFA