|KMS (Kunsill Malti Ghall-iSport)|
In November 2002, following an extensive period of consultations and meetings, including a meeting with representatives from the Council of Europe, Minister Jesmond Mugliett, then Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education headed by Minister Louis Galea, piloted the Sports Act 2002 in Parliament and this was unanimously approved by Parliament. On 28thJanuary, 2003, the Sports Law was brought into effect..
The Sports Law gives the Kunsill Malti għall-iSport (KMS) the responsibility to promote sport, to implement Government Policy on Sport, to register Sport organisations and to establish dispute resolution structures.
The KMS is the main public promoter of the health, social and economic benefits generated by sport to society.
The KMS vision is targeted towards the:-
• development and implementation of policies, programmes and practices aimed at improving access and equity in all aspects of sport;
• maximisation of available resources for the development of sport.
• introduction of assistance / incentive schemes for local sport organisations;
• registration of sport organisations
The Sports Act communicates a declaration of principles which inspires the Government in its national policies. These are:
• Physical Education and Sport: to be taught and practiced in all primary and secondary schools in accordance with to the Education Act.
• No Discrimination: ensuring that no one is discriminate against when involved in sport.
• Recognition: everyone should have the opportunity to participate in sport, irrespective of gender and abilities.
• Fair Play: The Act provides for all participants in sport activities to follow the rules of fair play.
• No Exploitation: controls to ensure that when promoting and providing a service in sport, young people are not exploited.
The KMS objectives as stipulated in the Sports Law promote the adoption of a holistic approach. The objectives may be classified into immediate, medium and long term. The national sports strategy will be addressing the different objectives, which include:
• To promote and encourage the development of increased participation in Sport in Malta and the improved performance by athletes in Sport.
• To develop and implement programmes that promote equality of access to and participation in Sport
• To promote a culture of excellence in Sport.
• To ensure the provision of resources, services and facilities for the promotion of Sport in Malta
• To promote a culture of participation in Sport among people, especially children and youths, as an aspect of personal and social development within the context of government policy on education and health.
• To improve the sporting abilities of the Maltese generally through the improvement of the standard of sport coaches, administrators and officials.
• To foster co-operation in Sport with local and international bodies, entities or other persons for the encouragement and promotion of the development of Sport programmes initiatives and activities
• To ensure that all Sport activities respect the human dignity, health and safety of all participants in sport as well as the rules of fair play and the health and safety of the spectators.
• To encourage, in furtherance of the principle of subsidiary, non-governmental bodies and private entities or persons and local councils to contribute to the promotion of Sport in Malta.