Mark Cutajar

Mark Cutajar

Chief Executive Officer
Mark Cutajar was born on the 6th August, 1971. Graduated as Mathematics teacher in 1994. Later he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sport Organization and Management. He was an established journalist for twenty years winner of three television awards and being the first commentator in Maltese history to comment live a World Cup Final in Paris 1998.

Mark occupied important senior roles in sport, gaining extensive knowledge in the administrative field. President of a local Waterpolo club and a Team Manager of a local Premier football club,  both clubs managed to win prestigious honors on the Island.

Appointed Director of Sport of the Malta Olympic Committee in 2009, period when Malta got the best ever results away from the island. He participated as official In London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He acted as chef de mission during Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and served in the technical commission of the Games of Small States of Europe

He represented Malta in DG Meetings and is responsible for major sports reforms that were happening in the entity. Led the SportMalta team during the Presidency of the council where Malta got consensus on a new Work Plan for Sport. In 2015 he was appointed as European Representative on the Commonwealth Advisory Board for Sport.

Dr Karen Zammit Southerwood

Dr Karen Zammit Southerwood

Director Regulatory Affairs
Karen Zammit Southernwood, Director Regulatory Affairs is a lawyer by profession. She studied at the University of Malta graduating in law in 2009 and attaining her Masters Degree in Arts (Law) in 2011.

Karen has worked in various fields of law and compliance and regulation sectors.  She has given her services within the Ministry for Education both in administration and within the legal office. Karen was also engaged as a legal advisor in the field of electronic communications within the Regulatory Affairs Department of an international mobile telephony company in Malta and has experience in company and competition law.  She also formed part of the legal team within the Industrial and Employment Relations Department, prior to commencing her career in sports regulation, where she has been so managing the Regulatory Affairs Department within SportMalta since 2012. The Department was established in 2012. Since the commencement of her employment with SportMalta, Karen has proposed and made radical changes to the assistance schemes managed by SportMalta, procedures related thereto and the sports organisation registration system structure. She has also represented government and SportMalta in various European fora including EPAS within the Council of Europe and Expert Groups of the European Commission.

Karen is an avid sport enthusiast. She enjoys following all types of sports, in particular major international sports events in all types of sports. She believes that sports unites people from different countries having different races, genders, religions, sexual orientations and political beliefs with one common goal and this is overtly manifested in such major sports events.

Robert Portelli

Robert Portelli

Head of Programmes
Robert Portelli graduated as a Physical Education teacher from the University of Malta in 1999.  In 2003 completed a Diploma in Adult Training and Development and in 2007, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and Management, also at the University of Malta.  Robert is currently reading for a Masters in Sport Business at Leeds Beckett University.

Robert is Head of Programmes at SportMalta where he started as a coach in 1995, moved to Head Coach in 2002 and National Technical Coordinator in 2007.

At SportMalta he is in charge of, among other things, leading both the summer and winter editions of the OnTheMove programmes with over 7000 participants.  His remit as Head of Programmes also includes the Sport Promotion Unit, responsible for promoting school sport development programmes and inter-school competitions.  He was also assigned the lead to draft the 3rd EU Work Plan for sport, which was one of the tasks of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of sport.  Robert played different sports from a young age and later focused on rugby and handball.  He coached rugby at club level and was Youth National Teams’ Head Coach between 2008 and 2013.  He still plays veterans rugby and handball and this year he won the second division league with ETE.

Maria Seychell

Maria Seychell

Accounts Manager
Maria has over 20 years experience in the accounting field starting from the most junior position has gained a vast experience and in the meantime has also obtained B Sc. Degree in Applied Accounting.

She joined SportMalta in 2012 as Accounts Manager and since then has introduced several procedures deemed necessary within an Accounts Department.

Maria has since been also involved in the  Finance and Procurement Sections within SportMalta.

Edwin Buttigieg

Edwin Buttigieg

Facility Manager - Cottonera Sports Complex
From a young age, Edwin Buttigieg was very enthusiastic about sports and fitness. After trying out a variety of disciplines he became interested in bodybuilding. Despite little knowledge of the sacrifices that came along with the sport, Edwin never gave up and quickly became accustomed and passionate about bodybuilding going from competing in minor competitions to winning and eventually becoming a three-times Overall National Bodybuilding Champion in 1978, 1981 and 1984.  He even went on to represent Malta in Mr. Universe in Cairo (Egypt) – 1981, as well as in Las Vegas (USA) – 1984.

Edwin is qualified in several fitness, sports and wellbeing related qualifications which include Anatomy, Physiology, Massage, Coaching skills, First Aid, Diploma in Aromatherapy, Sports Injuries as well as a Diploma in Fitness and Nutrition, while also certified in Performance Management.

For 18 years, Edwin had been engaged as a Sports Manager at the Jerma Palace Hotel during which time he was responsible for the hotel’s sports and leisure departments which included an outdoor and indoor swimming pools, tennis court, massage treatments, sauna and a well equipped gymnasium where he aided several residents and local members alike, providing them with numerous exercises and training programs in respect to their fitness goals, wellbeing and to improve their overall health aspects while overcoming different injuries or physical pain they may have been suffering from. Edwin was later involved in the preliminary opening, operation and expansion of the Tal-Qroqq Fitness Centre which he eventually managed for 13 years.

Throughout his current role, Edwin is always thriving to improve and progress on the level of quality within the service that is being offered to all clients and staff within the Cottonera Sports Complex.

Apart from constantly improving the sports equipment utilized at the facility, Edwin and his team give equal importance to the maintenance, sanitation as well as the required general renovations and enhancements of the overall premises, while aiming to achieve and sustain the satisfaction of those making use of the Cottonera Sports Complex facility.

Johann Scicluna

Johann Scicluna

Facility Manager - Kirkop Sports Complex
As every young boy, playing football in the street was part of my life. Infact street football was very common in our childhood years. When my father saw that I was so much interested to play football he introduced me to Centru Sportiv Tal-Marsa at the age of 8 and started attending regularly year after year every Saturday morning and passing the skills exams which were done at the end of every semester.

At the age of 11  I started to go to my hometown youth Nursery playing all categories till the age of 33 .These were fantastic years for me winning lot of trophies with my home town and also achieving personal record with the top 3 capped players for the club for over 200 official games.

I was also part of the Maltese National team from the age of 16 till the age of 23 in which I took part in international tournaments and qualifying games.

At the age of 20 I started also coaching as inside me I felt that I can give much more to the game, and from coaching young boys to minors, and from young girls to winning 4 times the Women s League and competing for 4 times in The Champions League.

My coaching career exploded in the last 3 years in which I coached for 3 consecutive years in Premier Division .It is a very committed task, in which preparing the Team physically ,mentally and tactically requires lot of passion and dedication .

My main job as a SportMalta Facility Manager is surely an amazing experience in which you meet people coming from different sports and different sectors.  This teaches you lot of different skills and you always enlarge your tools to work with and a vast knowledge that helps you develop your encyclopaedia, which makes your job more fun and excited.

Alex Camilleri

Alex Camilleri

Facility Manager - Tal-Qroqq Sports Complex
Alexander Camilleri was born on 7th April 1965 at Hamrun.

Alex as is commonly known, played football with Pieta Hotspurs, between 1979 – 1983, and Hamrun Spartans in 1984, also played football with other amateurs football teams.

As a sports journalist has a vast experience. He first enrolled with RTK in 1998, with radio direct links to reporter Malta Premier League games from various local stadiums.

In the mornings, I used to broadcast local and foreign sports news. Between 1999 and 2001 also directed and coordinate a radio program (Sports Desk) inviting local past and present footballers discussing themes, which used to be aired every Thursday evening.

In 2001, I joined the crew of One Radio and TV. Here he continued reporting Premier league from various stadiums. At least twice a week he was responsible for radio and TV sports news on ‘One’ and in addition, every Thursday he coordinated and presented a radio program on local and international football.

As from 13th April 2013, I joined Sport Malta, precisely at the National Pool Complex.

Currently holds the post of Facility Manager and is responsible for the smooth running of the complex, which sees hundreds of users every day ranging from regular swimmers, swimming athletes, elderly, school children, water polo clubs, Special Olympic athletes and synchronised swimmers.

Prior to this post, I also occupied other positions within the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health and Primary Health Care.

William Galea

William Galea

Facility Manager - Marsa Sports Complex
Working at the National Pool Complex as a Sports Attendant/Assistant Maintenance in 1998, Front office clerk/reception from 2000 to 2012, Executive officer from 2012 to 2017. From 2017 until today Facility Manager at Marsa Sports Complex.

Started my sports activity way back in 2005 where I formed part of the squad of Kalkara FC until 2008. After I signed for Mtarfa FC until the end of the season 2010. During these 5 years, I played in the Third Division of the Malta Football Association. I used to play in an amateur level for Kalkara St Joseph (IASC), Mqabba Albions (MAFA) Mtarfa FC, Mtarfa Lightnings AFC and Dingli Eagles AFC (Swan Amateur Football Association).

William was also a Football Coach; Kalkara St Joseph Youth Nursery FC: I start coaching the Under 10`s squad in 2005. One year later I started act as an assistant coach of the under 14s squad and coach the under 7s squad. Year 2007, the club gave me the opportunity to be the coach of the under 14 and act as an assistant coach for the under 16s. For three years, I was in charge to train the goalkeepers.

Mtarfa Youth Nursery FC: In the year 2008, after I signed to play for Mtarfa FC, the club gave me the opportunity to coach the Under 13s squad together with the goalkeepers. Season 2009/2010 I was in-charged from the under 15s and goalkeepers.

Dingli Swallows Youth Nursery FC: Season 2010 to 2011 coach of the Under7s squad.

He also got involved in Sport Administration. In the year 2009, after the Mtarfa FC decided to retired the squad from the Swan Amateur Football Association, I founded Mtarfa Lightning AFC, later changed the name to Dingli Eagles AFC where acted as a Secretary and team delegate for five years and continue to compete with in the same Association.

In the year 2010 until 2013, I served as an Assistant Secretary of the Swan Amateur Football Association. Late in the year 2013, the Association appointed me as the General Secretary until the end of the season.

William also joined the referee sector in 2014 until the end of the season 2016 where I used to ref (as a referee and assistant referee) the Malta Woman National league 1st and 2nd Division, Gozo Football 2nd Division League, Youths Football National League, Youth FA Leagues, and Members Assocation League.