PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITIES Financial scheme for the community – a better life through physical exercise and sports, results in a very fruitful outcome

Last March Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis announced a scheme for local councils promoting physical exercise and sports. This scheme addresses a budgetary measure which promotes the citizens’ well-being. This scheme aims to encourage citizens to do physical exercise through several specific programmes, sports, and other activities. These help to improve both physical and mental health and even the citizens’ well-being. All the regional committees and local councils were eligible to apply for funding under the scheme. The total fund allocated was that of Euros 98,521 and 40 local councils and 1 regional committee benefitted from this scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis visited the Marsa Local Council to see the outcome of this scheme. He said that such activities are very crucial for our communities since exercise improves health and reduces the risk of various diseases. The Parliamentary Secretary concluded that sports and physical activities were also given a priority in the Local Government Reform whereas the regional committees will coordinate sport and physical activities with local councils to promote and incentivise a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, all local councils now have a councillor responsible for sport and physical activities.

Source: Government of Malta