For another year, SportMalta is offering the programme Summer On The Move. Through this programme SportMalta encourages a more active and participative society, contributing to the competitive world of sports but more importantly creating a population that enjoys the health benefits associated with sports.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations, Hon Clifton Grima visited The National Pool Complex where he met with the coaches and participants. He stated, “It is evident that Summer On The Move Programme has been growing as the participation keeps increasing and also as hundreds of coaches choose to work here”. Dr. Grima emphasized on the importance of this programme that promotes a sports culture in our country. The Parliamentary Secretary stressed that “we need to instil the belief in our children that they need to be active to be healthy”.
Summer On the Move is the option for children to be physically active while training their favourite sport. This year the programme has reached the record number of 6000 participants.
These activities are offered at a number of high level, modern sports centres around Malta and Gozo. All venues are operated with the best sports equipment guaranteeing a safe environment for all SportMalta’s clients.
Summer On the Move also includes lessons for adults offered during the same time of the children’s activities, this initiative accommodates parents who bring their children to the programme consequently able to participate as a family and be active at the same time.
The programme offers various activities, from football, basketball and gymnastics to martial arts and karting. It also includes aquatic sports such as swimming, water polo and sailing.
Yoga, pilates and fitness at different intensities, as well as badminton, swimming and self-defence form part if the adult programme. This year the parent and child programme has been extended and now includes gymnastics and fundamentals apart from the ongoing swimming classes.
Furthermore, SportMalta has endeavoured to engage a cohort of 300 qualified, dedicated and passionate coaches to lead this programme providing a high quality service.
The summer programme also continues to offer training to students within its academies. In collaboration with the respective organizations, further intensive training is given in the disciplines of triathlon, synchronized swimming, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball and handball. SportMalta subsidizes the academies so that this training is accessible to all alike and nobody encounters obstacles in reaching his/her maximum potential in sports.
Through the programme Summer on the Move, SportMalta assists the Maltese people to meet the targets set by the World Health Organization that recommends a minimum of half an hour daily exercise. Summer On the Move forms part of the European Union campaign #BeActive whereby member states join in a common effort to move people through physical activity.
This year’s programme is sponsored by Vileda.
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