The fifth edition of the European Week of Sports kicked off Friday night with a festival of internationals sports held in Zejtun. The activity was organised by SpotMalta in collaboration with the Zejtun Local Council and the main events took place in two areas namely Zejtun Square and Gnien iz-Zghozija.
The aim of the event was to get closer to the people and that’s why SportMalta chose to go to Zejtun instead of utilizing a Sports Complex. Various sports activities were held for young ages to pensioners.
Activities included basketball, football and field hockey sessions, bike ride, walking tours around the lovely town of Zejtun, yoga, tai chi, street sports which include BMX, skateboarding, scooters and street football. Traditional games like the Swedish traditional game of KUBB was played.
At the entrance of the event there was a car display of the Land Rover Owners Malta Club. Mass physical activities such as Zumba and fitness were held. Various NGOs and sports clubs were involved during this event namely, Hibernians Basketball Club, Qormi Field Hockey Club, Bicycle Advocacy Group and Malta Health Students Association.
Fun and sportsmanship together with lots of physical activity were the main ingredients of a wonderful evening which was well attended.
The European Week of Sports is an initiative of the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. This year’s event will be held till the between the 20th and the 28th of September and will be led by Sport Malta the National Coordinating Body for the European Week of Sport, together with our national sport clubs and organisations.
Other events will be held during this week. On the 25th of September a Dance Event will be held at Paola Square starting at 6pm.
The official closing will be held on Saturday 28th September with the
#BeActive Night at the Kirkop Sports Complex.
Together with the three main events organised by SportMalta, other activities will be organised by different sports associations.
A Masters tournament for both Handball will take place on 23rd September at the National Pool Complex.
The Malta Employees Sports Association will be holding the ‘Workplace Sport Event’ at the Kirkop Sports Complex Tuesday 24th September.
Saturday 28th will see the ‘BeActive Shooting Cup’ at the new Ta’ Kandja Shooting Range starting from 9am.
Between the 28th and the 29th of September the Malta Billiards and Snooker Association will organise Snooker tournament at the Maria Assunta Complex in Ħamrun.
The European Week of Sports will also include the local schools with a day full of various sports and physical events.
Rose Marie Mercieca national coordinator of the European Week of Sport, said that SportMalta, being the National Coordinating Body of the European Week of Sport in this initiative of the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity, is going itself to provide opportunities to people to start practicing a sport or to take part in a physical activity with the aim that these people continue to be engaged throughout the whole year.