Athletics Malta

Athletics Malta is both the development and elite body for athletics and running clubs in Malta.  It is responsible for developing athletics by supporting affiliated clubs to grow, developing more and better coaches and by recruiting and supporting volunteers and officials. Athletics Malta also provides and supports international competition opportunities.

Athletic Association of Small States of Europe

The AASSE is an entity established within the framework of European Athletics representing the smaller European nations, specifically those with a population of less than one million. It was created during the IAAF Congress in Barcelona back in 1989, with the official formation taking place in 1994 in Venice. The  AASSE plays a coordinating role in strengthening connections and sharing of resources, human and infrastructural between smaller nations in their efforts in order to push forward their respective development as well as to strengthen their voice on a European level. 

Championships of the Small States of Europe

The Championships of the Small States of Europe (CSSE) is held every two years. They are organised by the Athletic Association of Small States of Europe and were first held in 2016. Malta organised the first-ever such event back in 2016. The last event, which was originally scheduled for 2021 in Serravalle, San Marino, was held last year after it had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Venue – Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Stadium

The Matthew Micallef St John Stadium in Marsa is the home of Maltese athletics. Complete with an eight-lane tartan track, as well as field facilities, it has hosted major events such as the Games of Small States of Europe in 1993 and 2003 as well as the Third Division of the European Championships twice. All year round it hosts local athletics events such as the National Championships and various other challenges. In preparation for the event, Athletics Malta is carrying out a significant infrastructural investment project at the Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Stadium in Marsa with the aim of creating a world-class venue for Malta’s athletes while supporting the association’s drive at transforming the area into an international sporting hub.

Getting there:

The Stadium is easily reached by public transport from the main bus terminus in City Gate Valletta.

All 20 southbound routes listed below stop at Bus Stop ‘Moro’, right outside the track. The bus stop is the eight one along the journey and follows immediately Bus Stop ‘Stalel’. A footbridge leads to the racetrack entrance on the opposite side of the road.
Route stopping at ‘Moro’: 1, 2, 3, 4, 71, 72, 73, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 210, 213.

Official Accomodation

The Salini Resort is the official accomodation of the Championships.

Salini Resort is located along the coast and overlooks the picturesque Salina Bay with open views of the Mediterranean Sea. Situated towards the North of Malta, the Resort is just 30 minutes by car/taxi from Malta International Airport and one hour by public transport.

The Resort offers easy access to public transport with direct routes to the main towns such as St Paul’s Bay, Sliema and St Julian’s. All rooms and suites are provided with tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar, air conditioning, bathroom amenities, flat screen TV with satellite channels, safety deposit box, hairdryer as well as High speed Wireless internet.

Transport to and from the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium, which is approximately 35 minutes away, will be organised by the organising committee of the CSSE.