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More than sport, solidarity

TODOSThe Formentera Council's department of sport has overseen organisation of a seminar entitled Solidarity and aid in the Third World (Solidaritat i cooperació al tercer món) to be given next week by Javier Colomo. Colomo is president of Amigos Solidarios, an NGO, and will speak to Formentera crowds Thursday the 21st and Friday the 22nd. As sports department head Jordi Vidal explained, the lecture is just one of the events organised as part of Esport és més (Sport is more) an initiative aimed at promoting the values inherent in sport. Coordination of the initiative has been handled jointly by the Formentera Council and the Govern Balear. The goal of the events is to promote fitness not just as a way for young people to stay healthy, but also to help build character and develop social skills.

At the seminar – which will be moderated by nationally renowned athletics trainer José Alborch – Colomo will discuss recent Amigos Solidarios projects in Uganda that have received the help of the Formentera Council. Yearly, the Council dedicates €1,000 of the funds raised at Formentera's half marathon to the not-for-profit group, which is helping build a school there. Looking ahead to the talks, Councillor Vidal mentioned: «Colomo will take the opportunity to explain to Formentera students and residents a bit about the living situation of children in countries in development and what we can do from here to help».

Timetable

Thursday January 21st from nine in the morning to one at midday in the CiF sala de Cultura (cinema), a number of versions of the seminar will be given to the different primary school groups of Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola. Friday morning, the students of IES Marc Ferrer secondary school are scheduled to attend as well. That same evening at eight in the Council of Entities (next to the department of social services), the seminar will be hosted for the general public. Councillor Vidal encouraged the whole island to attend.

Tennis club and Baleària form partnership

Signatura conveni tennis premsaFormentera's tennis club – El Club de Tennis Illa de Formentera – has signed a collaborative accord with Fundació Baleària, the charitable branch of the maritime transport company, to provide transportation for budding Formentera athletes between the islands and mainland Spain. Francisco Luna, president of the tennis club, and Fundació Baleària's director Ricard Pérez met today at 1:30 in Formentera to sign the document into effect.

Also present at the signing was Formentera Council (CiF) councillor of sport Jordi Vidal, who reminded those in attendance of the standing agreement by which the CiF confers management of the municipal tennis school to Club de Tennis Illa de Formentera. The club currently has 150 members, 50 of which are children. Members of the club took the opportunity to present the Baleària executives with two photographs of their 2015 competitive group. After the signing, the Baleària officials stayed on a bit longer and renewed a travel expenses accord that Baleària has with another local sports club, Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

Sports centre to close during Christmas holiday

poliesportiu4Councillor of sports Jordi Vidal, speaking on behalf of the Formentera Council (CiF), has announced that the Antoni Blanc sports centre will be closed over the Christmas holiday. The centre will remain closed from 23 December through 6 January 2016. Staff will reopen the centre on the 7th, although regular activity will not resume until 11 January 2016.

According to the councillor, on the 7th and 8th January the centre will stay open from eight in the morning till nine at night. Morning classes will take place as usual, although in the afternoon activities will be restricted to use of the workout equipment and -at the pool- open swim. Councillor Vidal apologised for the inconvenience caused by the service interruption but said it would allow «staff of the Antoni Blanc centre some well-deserved rest» and «maintenance crews the time to carry out certain necessary upgrades».

First conference organised around promoting positive values in sport

valors esports premsaLearning communication skills to transmit values is the name of the conference to set take place tomorrow at 7 p.m. under the guidance psychologists Paco Pérez and Pere Serra in the culture department's hall of ceremonies. It is the very first in a series of talks grouped together under the banner Esport és més (Sport is more), an initiative to promote the values inherent in sport. The initiative is being promoted by the CiF's office of sport and between the Council and the Govern Balear will receive 15,000€ in public funding, explained Councillor Jordi Vidal.

From now until June, Formentera-based sports specialists will give conferences on topics tailored to suit different local audiences.

The conferences – intended for all audiences – will be held in the department of culture's hall of ceremonies (la sala d'Actes). Two other talks are also on tomorrow's line-up: Conflict resolution resources for sports professionals by Carlos Murillo and Michael Romero and Solidarity with the Third World by Javier Colomo. Finally, a third event – a seminar entitled Working with values in sport, from start to finish – will round out the agenda for the first round of talks.

Another three talks will be given at Formentera schools. The first – another by Javier Colomo – is titled Helping the Third World through sport. The second is called Sacrifice, the top brass and motivation, the Olympic dream and will be given by Asier Fernández and Mateo Sanz. The last of the three talks, led by Indra Roig, is titled Oral and dental hygiene and why they're important in sport.

On-going encounters will be held on a monthly basis in an effort to provide counsel and resources to sports clubs and team trainers, monitors, directors and athletes themselves. Some of the topics include Coaching and social acceptance at the team and individual level and Conflict resolution resources for sports professionals. These talks will be led by Pere Serra and Michael Romero.

Furthermore, conference organisers will distribute informational material in the form of brochures and bookmarks to students and other attendants and use footage from the events to create a promotional video. The goal, underscored Vidal, is to promote the values like teamwork, respect and effort that are essential in sport. «The same thing that makes Formentera so unique also makes strong values – like those that underpin sport – crucial to the healthy development of each one of us», said the councillor.

Awards for island’s first sport photography competition

Guanyadors concurs foto premsaEarlier today, Jordi Vidal, department head of the Formentera Council’s office of sport, handed out cheques to winners of the island’s first sport photography competition, el Concurs de Fotografia Esportiva. First prize was snagged by José Antonio Arribas, second by Kevin Cabezuelo and third, Beni Marull. The three Formentera natives walked away with awards in the amount of 300, 200 and 100 euros respectively.

A total of 26 submissions from ten participants were received for this first year of the contest. The prints currently adorn the hallways of the Antoni Blanc fitness centre. Councillor Vidal highlighted the broad range of sports represented – entries included everything from motocross to water sports – and encouraged local photographers to «start thinking about next year’s contest».

The jury for the event was composed of painter Robert P. Hawkins; photographer Juan Pica; Obra Cultural Balear rep Marià Castelló; Carmelo Convalia, reporter for local newspaper Diario de Ibiza and Councillor Vidal. The group met last Wednesday, 2 December, to deliberate and choose the winners. The winning photos will be kept on permanent display at the fitness centre. Councillor Vidal also thanked JJ Fotògrafs for contributing six prints used in the decoration for the event.

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