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Open enrolment in island's tennis and running programmes

foto atletismeThe Formentera Council's Office of Sport has announced the start of signups at the municipal tennis and athletics schools. Enrolment is open to youth between the ages of 3 and 17 and will take place at the Antoni Blanc sports centre, the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) and the OAC's online service (OVAC), although payments will be handled only the sports centre.

For children aged three to five, classes in “mini tennis” will be held across two days, Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays, at the same time, 4.00 to 5.00pm. The general tennis programme (for ages six and up) will take place three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 4.00 to 5.00pm. Advanced instruction will take place four days a week, Monday through Thursday, 5.30 to 6.30pm. A competition-oriented programme will run Monday through Friday with varied start and finish times.

Track and field
A course dubbed “fun athletics,” for kids three to five, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.00 to 6.00pm. General athletics, along with a course specifically geared toward technical aspects of the sport, will be held 5.00 to 7.30pm on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays. Instruction will begin in September. All related information is available online at the following link: www.emaf.cat/pares-mares/

Council adds three big-name consultants to sports values roster

signatura esports 03 19 agost 2016The Formentera Council's Office of Sport has signed three sponsorship deals with athletes Mateo Sanz, Ricard Marí and Óscar Santos. The three sportsmen, who will take on a consulting role in a Council programme to promote values in sport, agree to wear clothing emblazoned with Formentera graphics at their competitive meets. In turn, they will receive money from the Council to foster their continued participation in high-level competitions.

Windsurfer Mateo Sanz, who recently became the first Formentera local to compete in the Olympic games, will receive €10,000. Another €2,000 will go to Ricard Marí, a triathlete from the island who on October 8 will participate in the most long-standing and prestigious of the Ironman competitions, on Hawaii. This February local runner Óscar Santos snagged the bronze medal in Turkey's European junior cross-country racing championship. Santos will also receive sponsorship from the Council in the amount of €2,000.

As Jordi Vidal, CiF sports councillor, put it: “These athletes are living proof that if you work hard and stick with it you can make it all the way to the highest level competitions, even starting out from a little island like ours”. Local youth, mused Councillor Vidal, will no doubt be closely tracking the paths of the three sportsmen.

Sign-ups for classes at municipal pool start Wednesday, August 10

natacioThe Formentera Council's Office of Sport has announced the start of registration, next Wednesday, August 10, for the municipal pool's 2016-2017 round of swimming classes. All those interested have got until August 29 to sign up at the Antoni Blanc sports centre.

Learning groups will include: two groups of year-plus infants; 25 groups of children aged three to twelve, divided into five levels; nine groups of children 12 and up; one group of expecting mothers; three groups for Aqua Fitness and one easy gymnastics group. All told, it is hoped that some 110 adults and 200 newborns, infants and youth will participate.

Classes will be in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Most will last 45 minutes, though some classes for adults will meet only for a half-hour. Classes begin September 12 and run the length of the school year.

Pupils awarded certificates for school swimming classes

Diplomes piscinaThe Formentera Council Office of Sport has announced that tomorrow, June 22, report cards and medals will be handed out to island students for participation in swimming classes during the 2015-2016 school year. Three hundred pupils, from primary schools Mestre Lluís Andreu, Virgen Milagrosa and El Pilar de la Mola, got swimming instruction under the programme. Others, Mestre Lluís and IES Marc Ferrer students who participated in adapted swimming, have received their awards over the last few days.

The classes went all year, from September to June, in once-a-week 30-minute sessions at the municipal pool. Organisers are hoping to push forward next year with even higher quality instruction; with an eye to expanding work on basic motor skills, classes will be lengthened 15 minutes. Swimming instruction is offered to early-learning students in stages of motor skill development, a process which is underpinned by movement both on land and in water.

Council and sailing school operators scrap partnership

foto windsurfThe Formentera Council and 4 nómadas, the company that held the contract to operate Formentera's municipal sailing school, have reached a mutual agreement to dissolve the concessions contract in place until today. Though the four-year pact wasn't set to expire until January 2017, CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal invoked “a split over the funding terms laid out in the contract which was originally signed by both parties”. The agreement came with provisions for 90 thousand euros in funding, VAT included.

The sports councillor lamented the break with the school's director Asier Fernández and its staff. He assured the Council would continue offering municipal sailing instruction, but added that “whether the Council will assure the service directly or contract it out to a third party remains to be seen.” The current change is only temporary, and the Council has already taken steps to build a new sailing school. Construction of a forthcoming nautical sports centre is being planned 50 metres from the site of the old school, on a wood platform at the start of carrer Almadrava. What's more, this winter the administration acquired windsurf gear for use in competitive meets, and is currently awaiting delivery of sailing and windsurf material for beginners.

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