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SITTING VOLLEYBALL ACTIVITY DURING THE EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT

With the slogan ‘BeActive’, the European Week of Sport, organised by the European Union and co-ordinated in Malta by Sport Malta, aimed at encouraging as many European residents as possible to take part in a sport or physical activity during the week between the 7th and 13th September.

The sitting volleyball activity organised by Birkirkara Volleyball Club together with ParaVolley Malta, and backed by the Malta Volleyball Association, aimed at encouraging people of any age and with various physical abilities to try out this new inclusive sport for the local community.

Sitting Volleyball is a Paralympic sport in which the athletes play volleyball whilst sitting on the ground. With a smaller court and a lower net, sitting volleyball is a fast paced game, based on the same rules used in volleyball, with some minor differences.

The activity held during the European Week of Sport attracted individuals keen to try out this new sport, with ages varying from seven to fifty, and with abilities varying from people who were playing volleyball for the first time to others who have been playing volleyball for more than twenty years.

Although with all these differences, however all participants could be able to take part in Sitting Volleyball with success.

Both Hon. Dr. Michael Farrugia, Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity, as well as Hon. Mr. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, showed their support for this activity by attending and speaking to the participants.

They both emphasised that sport not only can bring down barriers related to physical ability, but also about the fact that playing a sport is highly beneficial for a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about Sitting Volleyball, one may contact ParaVolley Malta through email at [email protected].
 
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