Fur­ther as­sis­tance by SportMalta to sports as­so­ci­a­tions

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

SportMalta an­nounced new as­sis­tance schemes whilst re­tain­ing and strength­en­ing the ex­is­tent ones. This was pro­nounced dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held at Global Col­lege Malta at Smart City.

The new Sports Leave Scheme for the pri­vate sec­tor was launched whereby em­ploy­ees work­ing with pri­vate com­pa­nies can now ap­ply for spe­cial leave in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

This scheme has al­ready yielded suc­ces­ful re­sults for em­ploy­ees in the pub­lic sec­tor and hence the need to ex­pand it fur­ther to in­clude all em­ploy­ees has now been ad­dressed by SportMalta.

In the mean­time due to the cur­rent, strong and sta­ble fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of SportMalta, all present schemes have been re­con­firmed. Hard work and ded­i­ca­tion by both man­age­ment and work­ers alike have pro­duced this rev­enue and such re­sults have led to a broader bud­get as­signed to the en­tity by The Min­istry of Fi­nance, trust­ing SportMalta to ad­min­is­ter such funds in the most pro­fes­sional, trans­par­ent and hon­est ap­proach.

Chris Agius, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion , Youth and Sport, ex­plained that the new sports leave scheme for the pri­vate sec­tor was ful­filed fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions pre­sented dur­ing the bi an­nual meet­ings Gvern Li Jisma that proves that this gov­erne­ment lis­tens and acts on the peo­ple’s pro­pos­als. He said that the func­tion of the reg­u­la­tory sec­tion was im­me­di­ately ad­dressed at the be­gin­ning of the leg­is­la­ture so that to­day, fol­low­ing lengthy and in­ten­sive dis­cus­sions it is now semi-au­ton­o­mous.

He ex­plained that the gov­ern­ment, to­gether with SportMalta, is cur­rently work­ing to­gether with the pri­vate sec­tor on the re­vamp­ing of the Youth Devel­op­ment Scheme so that it is given its due im­por­tance with an in­crease in funds allocated to this scheme. This is ev­i­dence of the gov­ern­ment’s faith in our youths and that it is tak­ing def­i­nite action to in­vest in this sec­tor.

Lu­ciano Busut­til, Chair­man of SportMalta, said that there is an ur­gent need to start mak­ing use of all fa­cil­i­ties avail­ble and not just rely on hu­man re­sources. He stressed that va­cant places should be trans­formed into sports fa­cil­i­ties so that they start serv­ing our Mal­tese ath­letes.

Fur­ther­more he laid the em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween SportMalta and var­i­ous en­ti­ties amongst them the Univer­sity of Malta by which the sport­ing com­mu­nity can gain from such co­op­er­a­tion.

Mark Cu­ta­jar, CEO of SportMalta, stated that through th­ese schemes the en­tity is in­vest­ing above 2 mil­lion eu­ros wherein he be­lieves that such sup­port will con­trib­ute to de­velop pro­fes­sional sports.

How­ever he said that it is his wish to see that through th­ese schemes the as­so­ci­a­tions work harder to at­tract more peo­ple to­wards their par­tic­u­lar sports in or­der to con­trib­ute to a health­ier and phys­i­cally ac­tive com­mu­nity.

He main­tained that this is SportMalta’s main mis­sion; that is to move the na­tion through any pos­si­ble means.

He con­firmed that SportMalta will per­sist in its duty to sus­tain its atheletes in or­der for them to be pre­pared in the best way pos­si­ble and as a mat­ter of fact he an­nounced that a brand new scheme ad­dressed to­wards ath­letes un­der 18 years will be launched soon in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a ma­jor pri­vate com­pany. De­tails re­gard­ing this scheme will be re­vealed in the com­ing weeks.

Dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity, Dr. Karen Zam­mit Souther­wood ex­plained in de­tail the schemes avail­able. She com­mented on the im­por­tance of good gov­er­nance in the man­age­ment of sport or­gan­i­sa­tions with spe­cial em­pha­sis on the ad­min­is­tra­tion of pub­lic funds at­tained through th­ese schemes.

There are var­i­ous schemes that are avail­able to all lev­els of sports, amongst them the Cap­i­tal Ex­pen­di­ture Scheme and the Flexi Train­ing Scheme.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be re­ceived up to 19 De­cem­ber 2016.

SportMalta en­cour­ages sports or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply for th­ese schemes so as to en­hance pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and equip lo­cal ath­letes with com­pe­tences to com­pete at an in­ter­na­tional level.

- Photo DOI - Jeremy Won­na­cott

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Chris Agius ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence

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