Work is expected to start at the end of summer on a weather-proof construction at the St Paul’s Bay Sirens club.
This is being considered as the first phase of a bigger joint project between the Education Ministry and the Sirens club, for the club to be modernised in order to provide a better service to children and youths in the locality.
With an investment of just under one million euro, the project in the club’s offices and pool will consist of the building of a centre for swimming with two pools, one outdoor pool as at present, which will be modernised, and an additional indoor pool together with a gymnasium.
The plan provides for the building of a new 20 X 6 metre indoor heated pool, which will be used for training purposes for children. A club house for the sirens Aquatic Sports Club will be built on top of the indoor pool and gymnasium.
A spokesman for the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools told Television Malta that the Foundation has applied to the Planning Authority, and work will start as soon as permits are in hand.
“The aim of our joint project with the Education Ministry is for all children under the age of 11 to be provided with swimming training, as there is no bay in St Paul’s Bay which is suitable for training. Some 1,200 children will benefit, and will be taught to swim and to perform at least 50 metres freestyle. This is part of a future curriculum we are projecting.”
Sirens club president Lino Vella added that the work has to be completed in ten months, to enable the club, whose membership includes some 400 athletes in various swimming disciplines, to continue with training. Dr Vella addd that the club had brought over a coach, an Olympic gold medallist, and can now state they are one of the best swimming and waterpolo nursery academies. As from next season, Dr Vella added, the investment in coaching will be further strengthened through the engagement of another Olympic-level coach.