The Maltese Olympic Committee has launched the Youth Development Scheme.
Previously known as the Youth Elite Scheme, the revised programme continues to build on the previous programme and now includes six categories for athletes born between 2004 and 2009 as well as a category for athletes aged 18+.
The selection criteria is based on the projected performance level of each nominated athlete and for which input of the athlete’s coach and affiliated federation was taken into account. All MOC affiliated federations and association were invited to submit their nominations.
A selection committee, set up by the MOC, vetted all nominations. Coaches were required to fill in assessments.
“The Maltese Olympic Committee is thoroughly satisfied with the level of ongoing communication and close collaboration with all federations. This kind of co-operation ensures the best possible environment for our athletes to grow and reach their potential,” said Johanna Grech, Youth Commission Chair.
Apart from having a selection process based on technical criteria and performance trajectory, the committee’s projected outcomes from the Youth Development Scheme are three-fold – investment in holistic athlete development, establishment of an ongoing development journey and building one team for Malta.
Athletes’ placement in one of the six categories were based on their projected performance trajectory. The six classes are Global Championships/Olympic Games which will be formed by four athletes; Continental Championships/Global Youth Games with 12 athletes included; GSSE Medallist with 20 athletes; Maltese Champion boasts 35 athletes; the Youth Development Pool which has 30 athletes and the Intermediate +18 where there are seven athletes.
Apart from financial funding, athletes will also benefit from a number of services such as the use of the Functional Diagnostic Laboratory, Sports Psychologist, Sports Nutritionist, Athletic Trainer and other approved services that might be required from time to time.
The chosen athletes will undergo regular evaluation and mentoring to ensure they gain the correct guidance and encouragement.
“The Maltese Olympic Committee continues with its commitment to invest in the future of sport.
“The selected athletes have not only shown commitment and dedication but have already proven themselves by achieving some very impressive results.
“The amount being invested which is over €70,000 will contribute towards the athletes achieving their full potential.
“The MOC takes the opportunity to thank Sport Malta for their contribution towards this scheme” concluded Julian Pace Bonello, president of the Maltese Olympic Committee.