A major revamp at the Cottonera Sports Complex took place and was presented to the public on Friday 23rd September during an event held at the premises. SportMalta employees have been labouring relentlessly over the past months carrying out extensive embellishment works resulting in an overall appearance that reflects the new branding of the entity. However the most striking innovation is the new flooring of the main hall, an investment of 120,000 euros. The flooring is of the highest quality thus placing SportMalta on the same level as other oversees venues when competing for the hosting of international events and competitions.
Such an investment is the result of the continuous effort by SportMalta to improve the relationship with the local sport associations by providing them with the best facilities for them to practice and attract people towards their individual sport. This collaboration keeps growing as SportMalta is delivering one project after the other. As a result SportMalta is benefitting from enhanced confidence in its operations as it is being present for the associations so as together they offer the best service possible to the Maltese population.
During the event to celebrate the upgrading of the complex the public were entertained by over 400 SportMalta dance students during a presentation of the show Dance Project. The performanace marked the closing of the Be Active campaign and forms one of the seven main activities that were very successful during the European Week of Sports.
Mark Cutajar, Chief Executive of SportMalta thanked all the employees who contributed to make this dream a reality. He expressed his satisfaction at the increasing number of participatants in the SportMalta summer and winter programmes claiming that this is testimony of the fact that the entity’s message to bring people closer to physical activity is coming across. He encouraged people to apply for the Winter programme now that applications are out so as to avoid disspointment since once more it is being anticipated that the numbers will be again of phenomenal proportions. He concluded by stating that he is proud that SportMalta has not only managed to change its material outlook but also its mentality to be the government’s supreme authority to meet its new mission statement to move a nation through the promotion and development of sport for a healthy, inclusive and succesful Malta.
Luciano Busuttil, Chairman of SportMalta declared that this investment reflects the entity’s policy to continously support sports associations, providing them with the necessary backing to expand their sport and ensure that they will find backing from the goverment’s sport entity.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, Chris Agius said that this investment is just a part of the upgrading of the Cottonera Complex in the southern part of our country. He confirmed that there are already all the applications in place with The Planning Authority for the building of an indoor pool. Works are envisaged to commence in the beginning of next year. He also mentioned the waterpolo pitch in Birzebbuga that will be completed in a few weeks, the current study being carried out for a new pitch in M’skala and the possibility of another indoor pool in Hal Kirkop.