Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima visited the National Pool Complex and met with the coaches and participants

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:50

For yet another year, SportMalta is offering the programme Summer on the Move in order to encourage a more active and participative society by contributing to the competitive world of sports and also by creating a population that enjoys the health benefits of sports.

Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima visited the National Pool Complex and met with the coaches and participants. He said that “It is evident that Summer on the Move has been growing – participation keeps increasing and hundreds of coaches choose to work here”. He also emphasised on the importance of this programme to promote a sports culture in our country, whilst stressing that “we need to instil the belief in our children that they need to be active to be healthy”.

Summer on the Move is the option for children to be physically active while training their favourite sport. This year, the programme has reached a record number of 6,000 participants.

These activities are offered at a number of high-level, modern sports centres in Malta and Gozo. All venues are operated with the best sports equipment guaranteeing a safe environment for SportMalta clients.

Summer on the Move also includes lessons for adults offered at the same time as children’s activities to accommodate parents who bring their children to the programme so that they are able to participate as a family, and be active at the same time.

The programme offers various activities, from football, basketball, and gymnastics, to martial arts and carting. It also includes aquatic sports such as swimming, waterpolo, and sailing.

Yoga, pilates, and fitness at different intensities, as well as badminton, swimming and self-defence form part of the adult programme. This year, the parent and child programme has been extended and now includes gymnastics and fundamentals, apart from the ongoing swimming classes.

Furthermore, SportMalta engaged a cohort of 300 qualified, dedicated, and passionate coaches to lead this programme providing a high-quality service.

The summer programme also offers training to students within its academies. In collaboration with the respective organisations, further intensive training is given in the disciplines of triathlon, synchronised swimming, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, and handball. SportMalta subsidises the academies so that training is accessible to all alike and nobody encounters obstacles in reaching his/her maximum potential in sports.

Through Summer on the Move, SportMalta assists Maltese people to meet the targets set by the World Health Organisation that recommends a minimum of thirty minutes of daily exercise. Summer on the Move forms part of the European Union campaign #BeActive, whereby member states come together in a common effort to move people through physical activity.

 





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