Workshop 4 in The University of Malta

Event Date: Friday, 7th October 2016

Address: Campus of The University of Malta, Msida. MSD 2080, Malta

A meeting for all the sport tutors was held ahead of the final workshop. During this meeting, all tutors shared their experiences and stressed the importance of this project and the flexibility that is required to ensure that student-athletes are successful in both their academic and sporting endeavours. 

During the final workshop with student-athletes and tutors, Dr Andrew Decelis explained how the project was developed, starting with a pilot project with 9 students and 3 tutors, and how it was extended to 18 students under the guidance of 9 sport tutors.  Meetings held by Dr Decelis and Mr Mallia with all the tutors and student-athletes individually in every faculty and also with the respective faculty officers were vital for the success of this project.  Awareness was also key to the success of this project and the support of student-athletes.  

During the workshop, student-athletes shared their positive experiences related to resolving certain course issues via their tutor’s help. Students felt more confident that they can do well in their course and can obtain guidance in matters concerning their studies.  Participants stressed the importance of regular communication with their respective associations as both training programmes and schedules might need to be more flexible.  The need for the University of Malta to consider student-athletes as regular students with different needs was also highlighted.  Student-athletes gave individual contributions about their sport discipline, including their hours of training, demands of the course and the challenges they are facing with their new time-table and new academic year.  Amongst the latter, some students mentioned the clashes of lectures with their training, particularly due to the fact that certain faculties have lectures after 5 pm.  Other challenges that were brought forward were the lack of proper facilities at University and lack of professional help when it comes to nutritional and psychological support.

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