En­gag­ing skil­ful vol­un­teers sem­i­nar

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

“Vol­un­teers should be recog­nised for their work, while the gov­ern­ment does its ut­most to pro­vide them with the nec­es­sary skills that are recog­nised and cer­ti­fied,” said Chris Agius, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth and Sport dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the sem­i­nar En­gag­ing Skil­ful Vol­un­teers.

The sem­i­nar marked the open­ing of the sport ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to sports for the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the Euro­pean Union.

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary stated that although a lot of progress has been made in this sec­tor we are still a long way in reach­ing our goal of hav­ing full-timers work­ing with sports as­so­ci­a­tions.

He in­sisted that such cour­ses are thus very im­por­tant in giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity to our vol­un­teers to be ac­knowl­edged for their work. He men­tioned that this sem­i­nar pre­cedes the HR Ex­pert Group meet­ing to be hosted by Malta the fol­low­ing day.

The ex­perts form­ing part of this group are dis­cussing im­por­tant themes such as sport diplo­macy, dual ca­reers and the vol­un­tary sec­tor.

The one day sem­i­nar tack­led a num­ber of is­sues re­lated to vol­un­teer­ing in sport such as good gov­er­nance and the role of the vol­un­teer. There were also a num­ber of work­shops dur­ing which par­tic­i­pants could learn more about good prac­tices that al­ready ex­ist in other coun­tries and top­ics such the role of the par­ents as vol­un­teers, vol­un­teer­ing that leads to a ca­reer in sports and vol­un­teer­ing dur­ing mega events.

Dur­ing his speech, Mark Cu­ta­jar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Sports and the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of SportMalta said that it is an hon­our for SportMalta to be en­trusted by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to or­gan­ise all the work re­lated to sports in re­la­tion to the Pres­i­dency.

So­cial in­clu­sion and vol­un­teer­ing are Malta’s pri­or­i­ties for the Pres­i­dency and so this sem­i­nar rep­re­sents the first ini­tia­tive in a wide and long process lead­ing to con­clu­sions at the end of the term.

Cu­ta­jar also men­tioned the au­thor­ing of Sports Work Plan of the Euro­pean Union en­trusted to SportMalta that presents nu­mer­ous chal­lenges as it needs to bring to­gether the ideas of the 28 mem­ber states. More­over he said March will cer­tainly be an event­ful month as Malta will host the Euro­pean Sports Fo­rum, The Euro­pean Youth Sport Fo­rum and the Direc­tors’ Gen­eral Meet­ing among other ac­tiv­i­ties.

The sem­i­nar was at­tended by over a hun­dred par­tic­i­pants hail­ing from lo­cal sport as­so­ci­a­tions, SportMalta em­ploy­ees and for­eign guests. Pro­fes­sor Thierry Zintz from the Univer­sity of Lou­vain in Bel­gium and Dr. Ge­off Ni­chols from the Univer­sity of Sh­effield, UK were among the key speak­ers. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the Euro­pean Commission and the Slo­vak Pres­i­dency were also in at­ten­dance.

The of­fi­cial SportMalta web­site ded­i­cated to the work re­lated to the Pres­i­dency was of­fi­cially launched dur­ing the sem­i­nar. The web­site also gives ac­cess to im­por­tant doc­u­ments to be used dur­ing the meet­ings that will be or­gan­ised in Malta.

A sec­tion of those who at­tended the sem­i­nar

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