The sixth edition of the European Week of Sport was launched Friday morning by SportMalta, the National Coordinating of the event in Malta. The event was held at the Kirkop Sport Complex with the presence of Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Clifton Grima and SportMalta top officials.
Launched in 2015, the European Week of Sport was created in response to the worsening inactivity crisis. Despite sport and physical activity substantially contributing to the well-being of European citizens, the level of physical activity is currently stagnating and even declining in some countries. This is why the European Week of Sport exists – to bring awareness of how important an active lifestyle is for everyone. Regardless of who we are and what we do, even slight increases in regular, physical activity can have a profound impact on our long-term health. The Week is designed to give people across the world a springboard into being active!
SportMalta CEO Mark Cutajar said that 2020’s extenuating circumstances have made the week more necessary than ever before. Earlier this year, SportMalta responded by developing the #BeActiveAtHome campaign. #BeActiveAtHome promotes ideas and resources for exercising and physical activity during 2020’s unprecedented events. We therefore aim for 2020’s #BeActive campaign to reach more people than ever.
Cutajar continued that SportMalta will focus this year on three days of events and on four topics sport, fitness, workplace and outdoor. On the 18th and 19th of September the main national event will happen at the Kirkop Sport Complex. The event will focus on a number of team and individual sport competitions which include football, basketball, volleyball, weightlifting, judo, mini moto, go karting, snooker, line dancing, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, handball, table football, mini polo, wheelchair basketball, drag racing, go karts, e sport, and indoor rowing. There will also be activities organized through Special Olympics Malta. The BeActive night will happen on the 26th of September at the Cottonera Sport Complex and it will be a one of night activity with 20 local personalities battling each other through fitness exercises. This event will be transmitted live on TVM 2 on the day at 20:45. Moreover an official campaign is being launched to promote outdoor activities.
SportMalta Chairman Luciano Busuttil said that discussion was ongoing with public health authorities to ensure that both events are held in line with public health guidelines. He also thanked SportMalta employees who kept the rhythm and SportMalta commitment to move the nation towards a healthy lifestyle.
Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima said that SportMalta has the mission and vision to promote a healthy and an inclusive Malta. He is proud of what was achieved but this pushes us toward higher goals. He also spoke about the continuous communication between sports associations, SportMalta, public health and his Secretariat for this sport to proceed without hiccups.
For more information two official websites are being continuously updated www.maltabeactive.com and www.sportmalta.org.mt