Join us on 29th November: Erasmus+ Funding Opportunities for Sport: A Holistic Approach

Hello Erasmus+ followers,

On 29th November, EUPA will be organising an event at the Marsa Sports Club, dedicated for Erasmus+ funding in Sports.

As we are now approaching the end of 2022, for EUPA, this means a new round of EU funding is coming up. Thus, we begin our preparations for the upcoming calls.

This also means that the European Commission will be providing national agencies, including EUPA, as well as the general public seeking EU funding, with the Erasmus+ programme guide for 2023.

For next year we will be seeing a major change in the Sports Sector.

As per current procedure, in order to apply for Sports funding, interested parties have to directly speak to the European Commission, the EACEA, hence funding for this call would be centralised.

The change that we will be seeing in 2023, is that sports will now also be offered on a decentralised basis, meaning that as of 2023, sports clubs interested in Erasmus+ funding, will be able to approach EUPA.  

Given the change, EUPA is organising an event to inform about these new opportunities.

The event will take place on 29th November at the Marsa Sports Club from 5.30pm till 8.30pm. (Application can be found in this link: )

Apart from focusing on Erasmus+ funding, the event will also focus on aspects that are related to sports, such as:

  • stress management;
  • team building;
  • work ethics;
  • healthy lifestyle;
  • coaching

The event will start off with a speech by the Parliamentary Secretary of EU Funds, Hon. Chris Bonett, followed by an address by the CEO of EUPA, Mr Joseph Schembri. A presentation will also be delivered by Mr Brian Schembri, Programme Manager, who will be responsible for this new sector. A centralised funds project will also be featured.

This will then be followed by a panel discussion with the involvement of Hon. Chris Bonett and well known figures in Maltese sports. The panelists are as follows:


Gilmour Borg

Gilmour’s first competition was at the National Games in Cyprus in 2015 where he won two gold and one silver medal. The following year he competed in the National Games in Italy and also won three gold medals. Since being trained as a Health Messenger at the 2017 World Winter Games, Gilmour enjoys promoting a healthy lifestyle to his friends and family members.

In May 2022, Gilmour participated in the Special Olympics Invitational Games, where he competed in athletics and won a 100m silver medal, a 200m gold medal, and a 100m relay gold medal.


Sandro Micallef


Sandro Micallef is the President of the Malta Sports Journalist Association.

Micallef is also a Sports Events Producer and a Sports Journalist from Malta, with an international portfolio. He was born on 3rd June 1980 and is very popular in Malta especially for his football live commentaries. He is also a TV producer, TV Presenter and currently holds the position of President of the Malta Sports Journalists Association.


Charlene Attard

MOC sports director, ex Olympic athlete and PE teacher at NS

Jake Tanti

Jake is the national team goalkeeper for water polo. He is the son of well-known ex water polo goalkeeper Alex Tanti. He has continued on his father’s footsteps and at his young age he is already one of the best goalkeepers in Malta. Born on the 12th June 1998, Jake started water polo at 10 years old with Neptunes. Jake also won 2 winter leagues, 2 knock outs, 2 Enemed Cup and 2 Presidents Cup. Jake is also part of the National Team Squad. Out of the water, Jake is studying Architecture at University and in his free time he enjoys drawing, music and watching movies.


Ryan Farrugia

Ryan is a national team trail runner, OCR athlete, national trail running and OCR champion, and a past Erasmus+ programme participant in several projects. Ryan is also an ex EUPA employee. Farrugia, popularly known as Ryan Mex, has waived the Malta flag proud on a number of occasions in Obstacle Racing over the last four years. In fact, he is the first Maltese to ever qualify and participate in Spartan World Championship and also won the Gozo Ultra 50K in 2020, the Spartan Orte 14K, as well as locally winning the Grid 6 times in a row.


Yazmin Zammit Stevens

Yazmin Zammit Stevens is a weightlifting Olympian that has been participating in high level competitions for several years. She competed at the 2018 European Small Nations Weightlifting Tournament. She represented Malta at the 2020 Summer Olympics in women’s 64 kg event. She also competed in the women’s 64 kg at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In October 2021, she participated in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Gam


Rosalie Borg

Rosalie Borg is a 34 year old mother of two boys. Rosalie is a P.E teacher by profession, a football coach, and a part time athlete, mainly in athletics, however she is a multisport  athlete. She participates in OCR, trail running, road running and some crossfit. Before all this, she used to play football and she is the first Maltese female to obtain UEFA A license as a football coach. She is currently studying a masters degree in P.E and sports. To be able to do all the above, and be a good mother to her children, who are also both into sport, she must always practice good time management, especially considering that she is a single mother. She has been considered as an athlete for only one year, and have since won practically all the competitions she participated except for two. She won the 4 The Grid competitions and became 2nd in the league. She won the Malta marathon corsa, won the trail league, won a crossfit competition, became national champion of 3k distance and steeple chase, and just placed 2nd in an elite competition known as Spartan, held locally. She participated in European championships in OCR abroad. She is currently working very hard to make the cut in the games of the small states of Europe.