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SportMalta to host National Conference to celebrate Maltese sport on January 12-13

Mark Cutajar addressing a news conferene during the launching of the national conference.

SportMalta, the government entity for sport and physical activity is celebrating ten years from its transformation from the then Kunsill Malti għall-Isport. 

For this anniversary and to celebrate the achievements of the entity throughout these years, several activities will be organised for its associated sports organisations.

Celebrating Sport in Malta Conference 2024 will open these activities on January 12 and 13 at the Radisson Blu Resort and Spa Golden Sands. 

The two-day conference will target different stakeholders and will have high-level local and international speakers.

The first session will be held on Friday morning, and it will focus on the role of the physical education teacher, coaches, and prospective teachers and their relationship with student-athletes. 

The second session on Friday afternoon will have parents of student-athletes as the target audience. 

The challenges, the stress, time management and many other related topics will be discussed. 

The third and final session on Saturday morning will be directly related to sports organisations. 

Topics related to creating open spaces in their premises, the European Week of Sport, and the sustainability of events will be discussed. 

The high-level panel of speakers includes local and international personalities. 

These include Barbara Brennan, an Irish mental well-being advocate, Greg Woods and Jason Lewis from World Rugby, Olivier Gudet from UEFA and Canadian architect James Thoem from top architectural firm Gehl Associate, based in Denmark. 

The sessions will all be chaired by experienced sports journalist and Director of Marketing, Communications and Alumni at the University of Malta  Pierre Cassar.

There will also be several panel discussions with the participation of Director General at the Ministry of Education Ritienne Borg Saliba, Luciano Busuttil chief executive officer at AIMS, senior lecturer at MCAST Renzo Kerr Cumbo, the Dean of Faculty of Social Well-Being Andrew Azzopardi, Malta GSSE 2023 gold medallist Janet Richard,  the Malta Handball president Daniel Tabone, Rose Marie Mercieca national coordinator of the European Week of Sport and producer of this conference, Malta Employees Sport Association Mark Marlow and Marko Glumac who is the Technical Director of Know How Soccer.

The conference will be opened by the Minister for Education and Sport Clifton Grima who during the last session together with SportMalta chairperson Omar Farrugia will distribute over €3 million in assistance to sports organisations.

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