The Swieqi Sports Association was officially launched on Friday 20th June 2014 at the Swieqi Local Council.
The new sports organisation is the result of the collaboration between 3 sports organisations, Swieqi United Football Club, Swieqi Overseas Rugby Union Football Club and Swieqi Phoenix Handball Club. The objective of the association is to bring together different sports disciplines in Swieqi Madliena and Ibrag under one banner.
The association promotes pooling of resource, sharing of information and establishment of standards for all athletes involved. The association aims to provide opportunities to anybody interested in different sports. This applies to the coaching, playing and administrtive aspects. The association also aims to encourage children and young adults to enrol into the different nurseries at a younger age thus being introduced to sports fundamentals earlier in their lives. The planned nest step is a joint pre-academy (Children aged 4 to 8) where all children joining would be coached in the different sports disciplines.
The founding clubs’ presidents expressed satisfaction at the project and it’s huge potential.
Dr. Justin Fenech, Swieqi United Football Club’s President said that the founding of the SSA is a landmark for the locality of Swieqi. In 2009, Swieqi United was the first official sports organisation representing the locality on the national level. 5 years on, the locality of Swieqi has a number of active sports organisations, and these same organisations have now come together in order to foster good governance and promote sport in Swieqi and beyond. Swieqi United is fully committed to make sure this initiative is successful and we look forward at collaborating with our partner clubs for mutual benefit and the benefit of residents and the locality as a whole.
“The SSA brings together different sports organisations and disciplines under one banner, allowing pooling of resource and knowledge, and creating economies of scale. This will strengthen the clubs involved and at the same time promote sport by providing different options to athletes in the locality and beyond. This project also provides a platform to any individual seeking to advance their interest in a particular sport discipline, be it as a coach, player or supporter. Swieqi Overseas Rugby Union Football Club is proud to be part of such a forward looking project and to contribute to it’s success.” Dr. Chris Cachia, President, Swieqi Overseas Rugby Union Football Club.
Mr. Orlando Bonnici, President of Swieqi Phoenix Handball Club said that this is the kind of collaboration that can improve Maltese Sports. The three different clubs complement each other and this co-operation will bring better results for all of them. Our club is very proud to represent the locality of Swieqi and will work hard through the newly formed Swieqi Sports Association to ensure that the goals of each club and the locality are met.
If you are interested in the association’s operations or to receive more details you can contact the club on the newly set up facebook page or by contacting any of the founding clubs’ directly.