‘The government has kept its promises on significant projects amongst them the necessary upgrading that was needed at the National Pool, Tal-Qroqq. Today another electoral proposal will be fulfilled, as works on the first indoor Olympic pool are set to begin in the heart of the Cottonera area that will contribute to the current regeneration of the region. Such project will provide the means for a healthier society and support to athletes’, said Chris Agius Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport during the launch of the approved site-plans by MEPA for the first indoor Olympic pool.
Addressing the higher officials of ASA, water polo clubs, local councils and the surrounding entities who will directly benefit from this project, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius stated that the beneficiaries of this project will not only be swimmers and water polo players but also Regatta rowers as the project will include an indoor rowing tank.
The 5th of May has become a very important day not only for SportMalta but also for sport and for the Cottonera area as the official plans for the first indoor Olympic pool in Malta have been approved by MEPA. This means that a tender whereby the project management team who will be responsible for its ultimate completion can be issued in the coming days.
Mark Cutajar, Chief Executive of SportMalta delivered a visual presentation of the project. He explained that the identification of the land was not an easy task, as this project required a large area. Due to this reason the Cottonera area was chosen as it was a site that was already dedicated to sport and will complete the Cottonera Complex. The project will cost 6 million euros and will be implemented in phases over a time-span of three years, similar to the Kappara project. The pool will have the highest technological level and will be protecting the surrounding environment. It will have four Changing rooms, stores, media room and even an underground street to improve the complex traffic management. An upgrading of the parking zone to avoid any inconvenience to the area will be included in the project.
Luciano Busuttil, Chairman of SportMalta highlighted all the major achievements of SportMalta since its inception. He stated that an investment in new facilities is necessary as participation on the entity’s sports programmes keeps growing year after year. He affirmed that SportMalta has become the channel for people to be physically active and so the Now We Move and Be Active campaigns will keep growing.
Meanwhile during this activity the Summer Programme, OnTheMove was launched. The programme will commence on the 10th of July up to the 10th of September. Applications can be done online through the website sportmalta.org.mt or by applying directly at one of SportMalta’s complexes. Applications are also being distributed to schools in both Malta and Gozo.
Presentations of cheques to the participants of the Freedom Day Regatta were distributed during this ceremony. Meanwhile it was announced that as from the upcoming edition the prize money would be increased by 10%. Moreover as from the September Regatta cash prizes will also be given to those placing in the first, second and third position of Category A and B respectively of the overall competition.