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Malta has an agreeable, year-round climate and a wide variety of facilities to choose from, so it will be very easy for you and/or your family to engage in a sporting activity when you move there.
FOOTBALL - You will find that Football is Malta’s national sport. Matches are played at various pitches around the islands, including the National Stadium in Ta’Qali. The Maltese Premier League, which is the top football league, consists of 12 teams. Futsal/ Five-a-side football is also very popular.
There several football clubs to choose from if you are interested in joining, some of which are:
CLIMBING – With over 1300 climbing routes to choose from around the three Maltese Islands, it can be considered a climber’s paradise. Due to its steep cliffs and rocky terrain, the islands offer various styles of climbing, including traditional, sport and bouldering climbing; sea level traversing; deep water soloing and much more.
For further information about climbing on the islands see the following:
WALKING – Walking is a great way for you to explore the island’s scenery and keep fit at the same time. The island of Gozo is well renowned for walking due to its lush landscape and many idyllic routes where you can explore archaeological sites and beaches. Some of the diverse walking routes in Malta include: Tas-Silg, Fawwara, Girgenti, Bahrija, and Mdina Walk. For further information on walking see: www.visitmalta.com/en/walks
With being surrounded by the clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean, it is unsurprising that watersports play a big role on the Islands, in terms of sporting activities. Most beaches offer equipment to rent for windsurfing, kayaking, paragliding and wakeboarding.
One very popular watersport is waterpolo. The Malta National Waterpolo Team have successfully competed against strong teams and in various Olympic games. Some waterpolo clubs are:
Swimming –. The Maltese coasts are generally safe for swimming as there are no tides and are largely untouched by development. However be mindful of the undercurrents when doing so. Otherwise, there are many fitness centres and hotels that have pools in you prefer to swim indoors.
Diving – Malta is ideal for diving with warm seas and visibility for up to 30 metres. All of the islands offer unique diving experiences with an abundance of reefs, marine life, caves and wrecks. The depths of the dives can range from 12 metres to 50 metres. There are few currents which makes it ideal if you are a novice diver.
There are many diving courses offered by licensed diving schools. Divers need to obtain a medical certificate attesting to the person’s fitness to dive. Medicals from your home country are also acceptable. Most centres are registered with the Professional Dive Schools Association, see its website: (www.pdsa.org.mt) for more information on diving regulations.
OTHER SPORTS - Other sporting events held locally include basketball, rugby, hockey, tennis, wrestling, athletics, golf and many more. You might wish to visit The Marsa Sports Club, which is the largest sports centre in Malta, and boasts of having an 18-hole golf course (www.royalmaltagolfclub.com), tennis and squash courts, cricket grounds and a swimming pool. You can join the club on a weekly basis or become a full member. See www.visitmalta.com/en/sport-contacts, for a list of sports associations and facilities in Malta.
If you want to find a gym or fitness centre to keep yourself fit, Malta has several options. Some of which are:
Cynergi Health and Fitness Club - is a popular gym that offers a variety of classes such as yoga, spinning and core. There is a swimming pool and a squash court and the gym is equipped with 50 strength machines and a fully stocked free-weights area.
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 6am -10pm, Sat, Sun and Public Holidays
Fees: Free trial available.
Membership: Pay monthly or long term pre-pay (savings of 10-15%)
Activezone Gym and Fitness Club - is a fully equipped gym and fitness club with spin, step, yoga, free weights, zumba and cardio machines. Nutrition consultation and personal trainers are available.
Opening Times: Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Public Holidays
Fees & Membership: Choose from 1 month (€40.00), 3 months (€110.00), 6 months (€130.00), 1 year (€180.00) or pay-as-you-go (€5.00)
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