New €14m indoor pool to be among the best in the Mediterranean – ministry

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January, 2023 at 3:07 pm by Andre Camilleri

Malta’s first indoor pool in Cottonera will be among the best in the Mediterranean, the Education Ministry said in a statement.

The project, which is being led by SportMalta, is being done thanks to a €14m investment.

Education and Sports Minister Clifton Grima last week visited the site of the project at the Cottonera Sports Complex, saying that it was satisfying that the “state-of-the-art” indoor pool will provide excellent opportunities so that the aquatic sector in the country can continue to take steps forward.

The project was an electoral manifesto promise, he pointed out.

Works on the roof of the pool, purposely designed to complement the bastions close by and to absorb external noise, have been completed, as have works to construct the dressing rooms, offices, control rooms and sanitary areas.

Part of the project also includes the construction of a plant room and a tunnel running underneath the pool, through which cars will pass as part of the complex’s ring road.

The foundations for the pool, which will be state-of-the-art, are currently being prepared and the metal pillars on which glass to surround the pool will be stuck, are also being put in place.

The project, the ministry said, complements Malta’s National Sports Strategy and is clear evidence that the government is committed to improving Malta’s sporting infrastructure so that the country can continue to improve and reach higher levels of sporting success.

The pool will by an Olympic-size swimming pool of 5,000 square metres, with a wooden ceiling which is 44 metres long and glass walls which are 44 square metres on each side with a depth of 2.2 metres.

The length satisfies the requisites of the International Swimming Federation and the pool will also have bulkheads, which will allow it to be split into more than one facility.  The bottom of the pool will also be able to move up and down so that the swimming coaches can give varying lessons in the water.

SportMalta CEO Mark Cutajar said that the project is one of many that SportMalta is currently taking care of and that when completed, will mean that Malta will have one of the best sporting complexes in the Mediterranean, because the pool will complement the Pavillion next door and also be able to hold 400 spectators.

He said that with this project local athletes will no longer face disadvantages compared to foreign athletes because they had to train in an outdoor pool but compete at an indoor one.

SportMalta’s programmes will also be able to grow and develop, with more opportunities for athletes and students alike.

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