PN pro­poses so­lu­tion to is­sues sur­round­ing the move­ment of chil­dren be­tween sports clubs

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The Op­po­si­tion will be propos­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a Sports Ap­peal Board in order to com­bat the is­sue sur­round­ing the trans­fer of chil­dren be­tween sports nurs­eries, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by PN Spokesper­son for Sport, David Agius.

As re­ported in The Malta In­de­pen­dent a num­ber of chil­dren within the sport set up find them­selves sub­ject to ex­tor­tion­ate nurs­ery com­pen­sa­tion fees which could amount to thou­sands. These fees are im­posed onto chil­dren play­ing com­pet­i­tive sport from 12 to 19 years old, and must be paid should a player wish to leave the club. This fee also con­tin­ues once the player has left the club re­gard­less if he or she is wanted in the se­nior set up.

David Agius said that “chil­dren should be treated with the dig­nity they de­serve” and that it was in every­one’s best in­ter­ests to pro­vide a sys­tem which al­lows the healthy de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren and so­ci­ety.

Mr Agius will also be pre­sent­ing a doc­u­ment to the Chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on So­cial Af­fairs, An­thony Agius De­celis, which will ad­vo­cate the de­vel­op­ment of open com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the rel­e­vant par­ties in order to achieve an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion.

The Sports Ap­peal Board will be utilised when such a re­sult is not reached.

The board will be com­posed of three es­tab­lished and ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple within the field, who will an­a­lyse and de­cide the case.

Out­go­ing Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the MFA Bjorn Vas­sallo, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Chil­dren and Sport Chris Agius, and Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren Pauline Miceli all told The Malta In­de­pen­dent that they were in favour of re­form on the is­sue.

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