'Bringing Communities Together through Physical Activity' was the theme of the 2019 IPES / SportMalta conference held on Tuesday 12 March at the Corinthia Hotel, St George's Bay. The Conference was organised by the Institute for PE and Sport, University of Malta in collaboration with SportMalta.
Special guests for the Conference were Hon. Dr Clifton Grima MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Youth and Voluntary Organizations, within the Ministry of Education and Hon. Mr Ryan Callus MP, Opposition Spokesperson for Youth, Sport & the Fight against Obesity. The keynote speech entitled 'The PAL Project: Developing Communities of Teachers to Effectively Promote Active Lifestyles' was delivered by Dr Jo Harris, Loughborough University, UK. The word of welcome was delivered by Dr Andrew Decelis, IPES Director and MAPE President, and Mr Mark Cutajar, CEO SportMalta. These were followed by the speeches of the guests; and then the keynote speech by Dr Harris. The conference was attended by a record number of delegates being IPES Students, PE teachers from all schooling sectors and coaches from different sport disciplines.
The second part of the conference consisted of a number of round-table discussions led by a variety of experts in their respective areas. The themes discussed include:
The Extra-Curricular Programme at San Andrea School - Mr Kevin Zammit
Teacher's Perspectives on Differentiation in Physical Education - Breaking the barriers hindering the PE teachers' full potential - Ms Tiziana Baldacchino
How combining Physical Education and Mathematics may Improve Pupil's Problem Solving Skills - Mr Ramon Formosa
Exploring the Use of Sport and Active Settings as a Tool to Help Children Living in a Challenging or Unsafe Family Environment - Ms Maria Mifsud
The Levels and Patterns of Physical Activity of 14-15 Year Old Before and After School Hours - Mr Nicholas Sciberras
Catering for Dyspraxia in the Gym and Beyond - Ms Erika Micallef
Childhood Obesity - Mr Mark Farrugia
The 2019 IPES Awards were then given to: