Malta will join the Euro­pean School Sport Day

● More than 20,000 young Mal­tese will par­tic­i­pate in the Euro­pean ini­tia­tive

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Malta en­cour­ages bet­ter phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and health to ev­ery­one by join­ing the Euro­pean School Sport Day. The ini­tia­tive will be held on 30 Septem­ber 2016 and will in­vite 150 schools to par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent kind of tra­di­tional games and move­ment. The lo­cal or­gan­iser of the ini­tia­tive Sport Malta has in­vited the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment Mr. Evarist Bar­tolo and the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth and Sport Mr. Chris Agius to sup­port the ini­tia­tive and to join many high-pro­file ath­letes and EWOS Am­bas­sadors at the flag­ship event at Cot­ton­era Sports Com­plex.

Euro­pean School Sport Day is part of Now We MOVE cam­paign, de­vel­oped by a con­sor­tium of Euro­pean um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tions and aims to pro­mote health and well­be­ing for life­long learn­ing and to de­velop so­cial com­pe­tences among stu­dents through fun and mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. In Malta the ini­tia­tive is sup­ported by Kristal Water rep­re­sented by GSD Mar­ket­ing Ltd.

Chris Agius, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth and Sports said that chil­dren should be ex­posed to var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that con­trib­ute to the growth of their agility, bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion that form the ba­sis of all sports dis­ci­plines. More­over sports ac­tiv­i­ties should be made at­trac­tive to chil­dren so that they do not view sports as an obli­ga­tion but rather as an en­deav­our that they en­joy. He stated that his wish is to see that such ac­tiv­i­ties con­tinue to en­tice chil­dren to­wards sport and cul­ti­vate a pas­sion to­wards an ac­tive life­style. He sus­tained that this is in­deed a chal­lenge to or­gan­ise such an ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the first scholas­tic week but he be­lieves that such an ini­tia­tive gives its due im­por­tance to phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“We be­lieve that the schools should be the main fo­cal point where the true value of grass­roots sport is be­ing de­liv­ered and that is why we have in­vited all schools not only to join the event, but to par­tic­i­pate in the dy­namic sport pro­gramme, or­ga­nized by us for the chil­dren dur­ing en­tire day”, Mark Cu­ta­jar, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Sport Malta said.

Kevin Azzopardi, Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer for Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion stated that this is a unique oc­ca­sion to unite state, pri­vate and church schools to pro­mote to- gether phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion as an en­joy­able ac­tiv­ity and not just to ob­tain com­pet­i­tive re­sults in this field. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­vested in sport fa­cil­i­ties so that stu­dents have ac­ces­si­bil­ity to sports and it is planned that more are to be de­vel­oped in the com­ing months.

Sport Malta ex­pects more than 20 000 young peo­ple to join the event us­ing their lo­cal­i­ties squares, gar­dens, al­ley ways, wa­ter­fronts, to play and be ac­tive. In or­der to in­volve as more par­tic­i­pants as pos­si­ble, the or­ga­niz­ers of Euro­pean Schools Sport Day has pro­vided teach­ers and stu­dents with fresh ideas to plan and pre­pare their own school sport pro­gram out­side classes. This use­ful tool­kit is avail­able on the of­fi­cial web­site of the ini­tia­tive http://essd.nowwe­move.com/.

About Sport Malta As a coun­cil un­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Sec­re­tary Par­lia­men­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth and Sport within the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, Sport Malta’s core pur­pose is to in­spire Mal­tese and trans­form the na­tion through sport. Through in­no­va­tive, fun and mean­ing­ful sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, our mis­sion is to reach out and serve com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try with pas­sion and pride. Our man­date goes be­yond win­ning medals. Sport Malta uses sport to cre­ate greater sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess, more in­clu­siv­ity and in­te­gra­tion as well as broader de­vel­op­ment of ca­pa­bil­i­ties. At Sport Malta, we work with a vast net­work of pub­lic-pri­vate-peo­ple sec­tor part­ners for in­di­vid­u­als to live bet­ter through sports.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Sport Malta please visit www.sport­malta.org.mt.

Photo: DOI Ja­son Borg

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