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Olympic level pool building and sport pavilion in Gozo almost completed

The first Olympic-sized pool in Gozo was formed as work on the Aquatic and Sport Centre in Rabat is almost completed. The centre’s construction is estimated to cost €16 million.

The project, run by the Gozo Ministry, will now enter into another phase, with work on the facade which will have a very modern look and the installation of services and a number of facilities.

Spread on five thousand square metres of land, the view on the outside structure shows the enormous work carried out on the centre during the past twelve months, with construction work is now in a very advanced stage.

The Centre will have two pools – an Olympic-level one and with facilities for spectators and another pool dedicated for the rehabilitation and therapeutic needs of persons with mobility difficulties such as elderly persons and persons with disability.

The project also includes a new sport pavilion with indoor facilities for sport disciplines such as gymnastics, basketball, badminton, squash, weightlifting, martial arts and yoga. Outside facilities include tennis, a gym, first aid facilities, and rooms for  Gozitan sport organisations.

The project’s architect Godwin Sultana said the Aquatic and Sport Centre also has an educational aim which is linked with an educational curriculum.

“Schools are just next door. Very easily for PE we bring them here either once a week for the pool or the squash, so it becomes an important part of our curriculum. Also the moveable floor will be able to host different activities for people with disabilities and people who need therapeutics from the hospital or different needs form society theat needs to be done here.”

Minister Clint Camilleri said that apart from a centre for Gozitans, the project is also intended to attract sport tourism when it is completed.