Only one submission for Marsa racecourse expression of interest

During public consultation with Cabinet ministers Evarist Bartolo and Chris Agius, audience highlights importance of sports and extracurricular activities for students

An expression of interests open for entities, local and international, to upgrade the Marsa racetrack to international levels has attracted one investor, despite interest shown following the issuance of the expression of interest.

Addressing a public consultation meeting, as part of the Government that listens campaign, parliamentary secretary for sports Chris Agius said the submissions period closed a few days ago, with one submission paid.

“We want a racecourse of international level,” he said, adding that an adjudication committee will now be set up to analyse the offer made.

The EOI was issued with the aim of improving the standards at the horse racing track in Marsa, and make the venue run by the Malta Racing Club “one of the best in the Mediterranean”.

The government’s target was to have a project of international standards, which would also serve to expand sports tourism to the island.

The hour-long meeting saw the Cabinet members discussing the importance of extracurricular activities for students, which was equally important as formal education.

“Added value should be given to informal education which should not be sidelined for formal education,” the education minister said.

He was reacting to comments that not enough importance was given to sports and promising athletes would be forced to give up their training to focus on academics.

Agius added that the success of the National Sport School should be an eye opener for those who think that students who excel in sports or drama lacked academic credentials.

The two went on to add that an improving economy helped increase investment in education, but successes in the sector were not possible without the hard work of all stakeholders.

“Teachers are the key of the improving results, who go beyond their line of duty to help students,” Bartolo said, as he hailed individuals “who saw beyond their political belief to improve standards”.