Tenovar Ltd to support MTBA

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 17:42

Tenovar Ltd. will be supporting the MTBA’s five major national tournaments in 2012, namely:

  • Tenovar Masters, which will commence at the SuperBowl this evening
  • Tenovar Gold Cup, scheduled for late March
  • Tenovar National Championships in late May
  • Tenovar Junior Championships for October/November
  • Tenovar Intermediate Championships, also for October/November

Support such as that provided by Tenovar Ltd is important to the MTBA, not just because it makes national events such as those mentioned earlier possible, but also because it enables the MTBA to further facilitate its efforts in the promotion of bowling as a sport among the public in general, with a special focus on young potential bowlers in particular. That sector is of paramount importance for the future development of the sport, and so a great deal of effort must be continuously invested in it.

Thanks to those efforts, 2011 saw great improvements in various areas of the youth sector, including a new Junior Squad taken care of by experienced MTBA coaches, a considerable increase in SkolaSport participation over previous years, as well as a good increase in competitors for the Tenovar Junior Championships, and Tenovar Youth Championships for 2011. Suffice to say that participation more than doubled in comparison to the 2010 events.

To further enhance the capacity of the various MTBA coaching schemes, in September of last year the association organized a ‘Coach the Coaches’ clinic here in Malta. Internationally known Turkish coach, Mr. Onder Gurkan was brought over to give this intensive one-week clinic, working with a number of Maltese tenpin bowling coaches in order to give them a deeper insight and knowledge of requirements for their chosen discipline. This kind of activity is very important for the advancement of our sport, and would obviously not be possible in Malta without considerable financial backing.

Malta’s success in the international bowling arena has been well documented over the years by yourselves and your colleagues, and as you all know our athletes have invariably performed well, seriously competing with much larger more prominent nations, and bringing numerous honours back to Malta with them. This success has also extended to bowlers with special needs, through collaboration with Special Olympics Malta, and the Eden Leisure Group, who continue to provide free training at the Eden SuperBowl.

Malta’s bowlers have participated in several Special Olympics events worldwide, in recent years, and have consistently achieved excellent results, returning with awards in various categories, picking up numerous medals in the bronze, silver, and also gold categories.

[Michael Mifsud – Tenovar Ltd]

“Tenovar has been the proud sponsor of the Malta Tenpin Bowling Association (MTBA) for the past two years and values the importance of this sports organisation especially to the upcoming youth of the nation.  Since its formation, the Association has consistently developed its areas of discipline in this indoor sport marking a steady success both in Malta and overseas.

MTBA has reached a membership base of 250 bowling practitioners, supported with a coaching clinic aimed to train the trainers.  The initiative in developing children and youths programmes is paying its dividends with the popularity growth of this sport.

These programmes are earmarked to bring in more achievements in international tournaments namely the Mediterranean Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the European Championships, Gold Cup Championships, the World Sports Games and the Friendship Games.

Another marked breakthrough achieved by MTBA is the preparation programme and participation in the Special Olympics, thus turning this sport discipline into an inclusive activity for players with special needs”.

Mr. Mifsud explained that Tenovar is a niche organisation in the IT sector supporting the industry in telecommunications cabling. He also wished MTBA much success in this year’s tournaments and in achieving its future goals.

[Neil Dent – MTBA PR Officer]

“As I mentioned earlier, this evening sees the start of the 2012 Tenovar Masters tournament, which will continue on Saturday and be concluded on Sunday morning. Tonight will see a qualification stage, wherein unseeded bowlers will compete for the top four qualifying spots, and so move on to the next round on Saturday. There they will compete with the top eight seeded bowlers, based on the highest composite averages from 2011, who are automatically placed in round two. The final stages will take place on Sunday, with a penultimate round-robin stage for the top eight qualifiers, culminating in a top-4 knock-out and grand final.


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