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Glass recycling push at municipal football pitch benefits posidonia

foto-2020-ecovidrio1Ecovidrio, the nonprofit responsible for recycling glass collected in street-side bins, is teaming up with the municipal and island governments of Formentera and Eivissa to present a recycling push dubbed ‘Glass for Posidonia’ (Vidrio por Posidonia). Training its sights on football clubs, the educational push aims to show sportspeople why recycling glass waste is so important.

On hand as the initiative was unveiled today on Eivissa, sport councillor Paula Ferrer encouraged local athletes and their families to participate. As she pointed out: “Glass for Posidonia stands to deliver a direct benefit to one of our most prized possessions and one in need of serious protection: posidonia seagrass”. “SD Formentera and the Formentera government will work together to make sure we get this right”, she said.

Starting in February and continuing through March, the campaign will see the Sant Francesc sports pitch get a football-shaped bin while logo-emblazoned decorations go up near where clubs compete—part of an effort to press sportspeople, trainers and their families to use the proper bin as they dispose of glass containers.

Separately, every month, the two initiatives on Eivissa and Formentera that are deemed most impactful —i.e., by successfully bringing islanders on board— will be given a €200 cheque for new sports material.

Local group GEN-GOB, which works to protect Posidonia oceanica meadows around Eivissa and Formentera, pledges to donate sports gear the more glass is recycled.

In a bid to increase the campaign’s prominence and visibility, and to encourage even more sportspeople, families and residents to recycle glass, an exhibition will move between Glass for Posidonia’s six participating towns spotlighting the glass-recycling process in Spain and why safeguarding nearby meadows of the seagrass is so crucial.


4 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

A nod to basketball’s local proponents

homenatge-ba--squet--3-2In celebration of Emilio Martínez and Toni Terrasa —two men considered the original pioneers of local basketball in the eighties— Formentera’s department of sport has announced that two new basketball hoops have been put up in children’s parks in La Savina and next to Marc Ferrer high school in Sant Francesc.

‘Hoops in the street’ is the name of an initiative backed by the Balearic Islands Federation of Basketball (FEBIB) and their foundation, FEBIB 1935, with support from Trasmapi Formentera basketball club and the Formentera government. The hoops were donated by Hotels Sirenis and feature a plaque commemorating the two players.

Sports councillor Paula Ferrer remarked on the two men’s “crucial work in the 1980s, when the resources to practice the sport were a long way from what we’re used to today”. Ferrer hailed the efforts of FEBIB 1935 as critical, adding: “I hope the whole island enjoys these two basketball hoops”.

 The spearhead of another project known as ‘Hoops from the past’, FEBIB 1935 chair Jacinto Real says ‘Hoops in the street’ “is about reclaiming our story and tying it to the present, so we can protect the future of basketball in the islands”. First vice-president Ana Juan and citizen participation councillor Vanessa Parellada were also at the event, along with families and friends of Martínez and Terrasa.

League play and summer camp
Three decades ago, Martínez and Terrasa’s support of the sport took the form of summer camps and a local league—two wildly successful initiatives among local athletes (the league eventually grew to encompass more than ten men’s and women’s teams).

The two men were honoured by FEBIB 1935 at last year’s closing ceremonies for the island’s first-ever basketball summer camp. FEBIB 1935 has also put out a short film that traces the history of Formentera basketball through the accounts of some of its pioneers. FEBIB 1935 joined forces with the Miraprim production team and put out similar films across the archipelago.


24 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Athletics and skating at 41st John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon this Friday

sortida-cursa1The Formentera sports department reports that the 41st John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon will be held this Friday, 6 December, at 10.30am. Organised by Espalmador Sport Group and the Consell de Formentera, the trial consists of two events: athletics and skating. The athletics portion —one of the longest-running in the archipelago— appears in the Athletics Federation of the Balearic Islands’ (FAIB) calendar of sporting events.

While there is a limit on the number of entries that can be accepted, the trials are open to all.

Start times are as follows:
-10.30am (John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon; 12K run with corresponding 12K categories)
-10.40am (Skating race, single category)
-Approx. 11.10am (Skaters under 16; Sant Ferran to Sant Francesc)

Roughly 80 individuals have signed up to date, and registration can also be completed on site, at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc, until 9.30am the day of the event. Signups are free for individuals under SUB 18.

Participants from outside the island will have access to a free shuttle service from La Savina harbour to the starting line in Sant Francesc and back to La Savina.

Roads will be closed to vehicle traffic wherever events take place. The following stretches of road will be closed from 10.30am to 12.30pm: PM 820 between La Savina (PM 820-2 juncture), Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran (first roundabout), and PM 820-2 La Savina-Es Pujols-Sant Ferran.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell removes architectural barriers from eight pedestrian walkways in Sant Francesc

elminacio---barreres-arquitect1The island services department of the Consell de Formentera reports that work has already begun on a month-long, €36,390 effort to remove hurdles to mobility, often referred to as “architectural barriers”, from eight pedestrian walkways in Sant Francesc.

Pavement will be graded at a total of 13 points—four by the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and Sa Miranda nursery, two on Avinguda Vuit d’Agost near Marc Ferrer high school, and two at the Berenger Renart juncture on Avinguda Pla del Rei.

Island services consellera Paula Ferrer counted making roads universally accessible among the administration’s key priorities. She also pointed out that upgrades were happening in places where people with reduced mobility had requested them, and that the changes were part of the island’s “Sustainable Mobility Strategy” (Pla de Mobilitat Sostenible).

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Marina de Formentera sign deal to sponsor municipal sailing school

conveni-escola-de-vela1Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Marina de Formentera director Juan José Costa signed a deal under which the company pledges two yearly payments of €9,000 to support sports activities at the Escola Municipal de Vela (Municipal Sailing School) and upgrade services and gear required for nautical learning activities, safety and rescue. Formentera officials, including local sports conseller Paula Ferrer, applauded the company for its commitment to nautical sports, a key element of local life. José heralded efforts within the Consell de Formentera to promote sport and the administration's multi-faceted commitment to it.


13 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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