Youth De­vel­op­ment Scheme launched by SportMalta in col­lab­o­ra­tion with BOV

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

SportMalta has launched the ‘Youth De­vel­op­ment Scheme’ in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bank of Val­letta – aimed at ath­letes who have not at­tained 18 years of age, the scope of the scheme is to as­sist these ath­letes in par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions be­yond our shores.

The scheme, equally funded by SportMalta and Bank of Val­letta, will as­sist around 25 ath­letes. These ath­letes will be se­lected by a board of ex­perts to evaluate ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived through the of­fi­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion of the par­tic­u­lar sport­ing dis­ci­pline.

The scheme was launched dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held at the Kirkop Sports Com­plex and ad­dressed by Lu­ciano Busut­til and Mark Cu­ta­jar, Chair­man and CEO of SportMalta rep­sec­tively and Charles Az­zopardi, Head PR and Mar­ket­ing at Bank of Val­letta.

Lu­ciano Busut­til, Chair­man of SportMalta, said that this scheme is an op­por­tu­nity for youths to gain a unique ex­pe­ri­ence in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Charles Az­zopardi, Head of Mar­ket­ing De­part­ment of BOV, said that

“Bank of Val­letta has been sup­port­ing ma­jor sport­ing ini­tia­tives in Malta for years, how­ever we al­ways felt the need to em­brace the de­vel­op­ment of our young ath­letes from an early stage,” said Charles Az­zopardi, “The Youth De­vel­op­ment Scheme is a ma­jor step­ping stone in build­ing our fu­ture cham­pi­ons. Since a sport builds char­ac­ter, in­creases con­fi­dence and mo­ti­vates youths, we are con­fi­dent that with this col­lab­o­ra­tion with SportMalta, we are mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the fu­ture of our com­mu­nity.”

Mark Cu­ta­jar ex­plained in de­tail how the scheme will op­er­ate. ‘We are hon­oured that a com­pany of the stature of BOV chose to team up with SportMalta to fi­nance this scheme. Sportmalta con­tin­u­ously sup­ports young ath­letes since this means an in­vest­ment in our coun­try,’ said Cu­ta­jar. He men­tioned that the Reg­u­la­tory De­part­ment is also cur­rently hold­ing dis­cus­sions with the Malta Olympic Com­mit­tee to fur­ther in­vest in youths as prepa­ra­tion for the Small Na­tions Games to be held in 2023.‘We un­der­stand that young ath­letes face fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, how­ever these are es­sen­tial in gain­ing valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence that will help them ad­vance in their sport­ing ca­reer.’

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