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EC Representation in Malta

A European Dimension for Sport
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21/01/2011 16:10:12

On 18 January 2011, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled "Developing the European Dimension in Sport". This is the first policy document issued by the Commission in the field of sport after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which gives the EU a mandate to support, coordinate and supplement sport policy measures taken by Member States.

    A European Dimension for Sport

    The Communication sets out the Commission's ideas for EU-level action in the field of sport. It builds on the 2007 White Paper on Sport and follows a similar structure. It proposes concrete actions for the Commission and/or the Member States within three broad chapters: the societal role of sport, the economic dimension of sport and the organisation of sport. The Communication is accompanied by a Staff Working Document on the free movement of professional and amateur sportspeople in the EU.

    The actions proposed in the Communication aim to encourage debate among stakeholders, address challenges in sport and help the sector develop. They contain ideas which are likely to be further developed and implemented in time. The Council and the European Parliament are expected to react to the Communication in the course of 2011.

    The Maltese National Statistics Office reports that in in 2005, nearly 102,900 persons were members of 436 sport organisations in the Maltese Islands, which employed a total of 1,352 persons and had a financial deficit of Lm1.1 million (2.56 million euro).

    There were 436 active sport organisations in Malta and Gozo in 2005, including all associations and related companies. The number of members stood at 102,887, or 25.5 percent of the total population, of which 81 percent were males. The largest proportion of members was aged between 15 and 29 years of age, while the 60+ age group comprised the smallest proportion. The largest proportion of members comprised football clubs. Badminton and cycling clubs had the lowest percentage of members. 

    Participants in sports activities in this same year totalled 67,650, of whom the majority took part in football.

    A total of 1,352 persons were employed by sport organisations in 2005, of whom 70.9 per cent worked on a part-time basis. The majority comprised sports personnel, including paid players. A further 3,925 persons were volunteers in sport organisations in this same year, 58.5 per cent being committee members, NSO said.

    According to the European Health Interview Survey 2008 for Malta published in January 2011 revealed how more than one third of respondents were overweight and over one fifth were obese according to their body mass index (BMI). An increase in BMI, when  compared  to  the  2002  data,  was  observed  in  respondents  with  a  lower  education  level , males  and  participants  between the ages of 45 and 64 years.

    The same survey also showed that females are more active than males when they performed up to three hours of vigorous physical activity in the previous week. Males supersede females for more than three hours of such activity.  The  amount  of  respondents  who  perform  moderate  exercise  is  nearly  twice  as  much  as  those  performing  vigorous  exercise.

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