Today, we have the honor to interview the OC Director of the World School Championship 2016 of Badminton, David Azzopardi. David is the Chairman of the Malta Schools Sports Federation and an Executive Member of the National Olympic Committee. Malta has been a very active member country within the ISF, and is currently bidding for the World Schools Championship 2018 of Table Tennis. His position about school sport is very clear and enthusiastic.
How relevant are sports for the education of pupils in your opinion?
At this time and day sports is very crucial for the wholistic development of the child in education. It gives them both the physical skills they need in their early educational years and their mental skills as they develop through their whole educational system. In a society where students are becoming more sedentary it is crucial that sports becomes an integral part of the whole educational system.
Do you think that the school system in your country includes enough physical activity and sport education, or there is room for improvement?
One can never say that the school system has enough. A lot is being made to increase the hours of physical activity within sport education but still a lot more needs to be done.
How important is for the growth of a young athlete to participate in an international competition?
The fact that an young athlete aims to represent his school or his country in an international competition gives him/her the energy to strive for this important event thus it helps him/her in their growth.
How can ISF, which represent school sport at international level, can get closer and more involved with national Sports federations?
Through the International championships that ISF offers each year to schools sports representatives in so many different countries, the sports federations in those countries are given the opportunity to hold a high level sporting event with full collaboration with the schools sports organizing committees. In this way ISF can reach the respective national Sports Federations.