Within two years, the waterpolo pitch at Marsamxett is expected to be given a new lease of life with a project which will be carried out by the Valletta waterpolo club. This was after the Government passed on the lease of the land to the club, Valletta United, which will be tearing down the existing structures and building new sport and recreational facilities.
With an investment of 2.5 million Euro by Valletta United, the pitch is going to be modernized in a project which will continue to improve the sports infrastructure. This was after SportMalta passed on the facility to the club on a 49 year lease.
Architect Claude Mallia said that the existing pool will be downsized to the size of a waterpolo pitch while two smaller pools will be built for recreational use. “It will be changed from seawater to fresh water and it will be heated. Reservoirs will also be created on the sides for the regeneration of water. This project will involve considerable expense because we do not yet know what is underneath since the current pitch is in the sea.”
Mr Mallia added that the rebuilding of the pool and facilities will not entail any encroachment outside of the current development zone. He said that the project will provide modern facilities which will help for the club to cover its expenses. “Afterwards we will start work on the building which will complement the project. A clubhouse with a gym, facilities for athletes and the already existing small catering establishment.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Sports Clifton Grima said that this improvement to the facilities should encourage more young people to take up this sport in which we are achieving a lot of success abroad. He said that the next step for the club is to apply to the Commission for the Commercialisation of Sports Facilities.
“The sporting aspect should always remain the most important factor and we can combine the commercial aspect in order to ensure that the sport is sustainable,” Clifton Grima said.
During the signing of the agreement between the club and the Lands Authority, the President of Valletta United, Victor Spiteri, described this agreement as the beginning of a new chapter for the club.