Bank of Valletta extends support to ASA for another three years
Youth development among priorities
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and the Bank of Valletta signed a new three-year collaboration agreement that will see the bank supporting all senior waterpolo competitions in Malta until 2019.
But there is also something new in this agreement – more focus on youth development.
Bank of Valletta CEO Mario Mallia said the new agreement coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Bank’s collaboration with the ASA. He said: “During this period, we have enjoyed a very close and successful cooperation. Sports features as a main pillar of BoV’s Community Programme because we recognise and value the role of sport for the physical and mental well-being of the individual and the community at large.”
This agreement with the ASA including focus on youth development comes only a few days after the Bank announced its cooperation with SportMalta towards the Youth Development Scheme.
On his part, Joe Caruana Curran, ASA president, said the association was proud to see its long standing relationship with the Bank of Valletta being strengthened. “The 10th anniversary is a big milestone for the ASA, saying that the relationship was based on cooperation which is beneficial for both entities.
Development of youth talent
He also thanked the clubs for the investment and development which have made the game much more attractive. “The sponsorship will provide another attraction for the youths to join this entertaining game. The development of youth talent is certainly the best thing for the future of this sport which has provided a lot of satisfactions in the past few years,” said Caruana Curran.
The ASA president said the national teams – seniors and youths – had made tremendous progress. “The Youths qualified twice for the European championship finals, while the seniors qualified once – last January- for the finals of the European championship in Belgrade, Serbia,” he said.
Caruana Curran said that the next target will be the 2018 seniors finals in Barcelona. “But in the next 18 months or so, we have to continue investing in youths to keep up our improvement at such levels,” he reiterated.
Asked about the problems some clubs – especially San Giljan, Sliema and Exiles – are facing because of recently incurred damages to their premises due to inclement weather, Caruana Curran said that the ASA had met Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius on this matter to see what could be done to help the clubs. He added: “Although they have their own insurance policies, these do not cover everything. Moreover, they do not have the finances to make the necessary repairs. What we are suggesting is that breakwaters or wave breakers are set up to protect these clubs.”
Asked what he thought about being contested in the next few days for the ASA presidency, he bluntly said that if the clubs wanted a change at the helm of the administration, they had every right to do it. “But I do not think one should forget what has been done in the last six years since I have been president of the ASA. In fact, the successes we achieved came much earlier than we thought and I believe I am still in a position to give much more to the association than anyone else. In fact, there is still a lot on the agenda and I would like to finish it before I leave the ASA.
“The contestation is welcome as it will show what the clubs are looking forward to. Of course, I would be disappointed if I lose the election. But I am not worried, and I can say I am determined to win. I must also make it clear that I have no intention of leaving the ASA, but I will accept the clubs’ decision whether it is in my favour or not.”
From left, ASA president Joe Caruana Curran, BoV CEO Mario Mallia and Anthony Scicluna