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48% of Maltese are Active – According to Eurobarometer Survey

 

Led by SPORTMALTA the National Coordinating Body for the European Week of Sport, together with our National sport clubs and organisations, Malta is backing the 2016 European Week of Sport, which aims to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to be active. Surveys show that levels of physical inactivity in Malta and across Europe are on the increase, with a negative impact on people’s health and well-being, as well as on the economy.

In Malta, the European Week of Sport will take place from 10th to 23rd of September, with 7 events planned in 6 cities and towns.

“Sport has universal appeal and is good for physical and mental well being”, said Karl Izzo our national sport ambassador.  “Individuals, communities and decision makers can all contribute to putting greater value on sport and physical activity and building an active society.

The European Commission’s Eurobarometer survey shows that in Malta  52% of people never or seldom exercise or play sport. This compares with a European average of 59%.

The European Week of Sport, a Europe-wide initiative of the European Commission, was created to help address the issue of physical inactivity by encouraging the widest possible audience to be active. It focuses on boosting physical activity in four specific areas: the educational environment, the workplace, outdoors and in sport clubs and fitness centres.

The first European Week of Sport took place last year, achieving a huge impact. More than five million people took part in over 7000 events related to the Week in 31 countries. Events ranged from pony rides for children in Brussels to the Great Dublin Bike Ride, which brought together 3000 cyclists, to an Indoor Rowing Challenge in Malta.

The European Commissioner responsible for Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: “After last year’s success, we want to keep the momentum going and show everyone that there are many opportunities to integrate sport and physical activity into our daily lives – regardless of our age, fitness level or background. Let’s work together to build a more active Europe,” he added.

This year’s Official Opening of the European Week of Sport will launch on September 10th, 2016 in Košice, Slovakia. National weeks of sport and other related events will run across Europe throughout the month of September.

For more information, please contact:

Tanya Zahra, National Coordinator European Week of Sport

SportMalta:  Tel 22036000, email:  tanya.zahra@sportmalta.org.mt

Website: www.maltabeactive.com; http://ec.europa.eu/sport/week

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