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Fitness centre closed for maintenance

tasques manteniment facanaThe Office of Sport of the Formentera Council has announced the Antoni Blanc sports centre will once again open its doors to islanders September 12. Operations at the centre will cease for the first two weeks of the month to allow for maintenance. CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal reported crews would clean the building's façade, disinfect changing rooms, the swimming pool and other areas and regulate chlorine in water at the centre.

Maintenance workers will also conduct a revision and inventory of lockers and other material at the centre. They will take time to refit old tiles and repaint part of the building's interior. The work will be done by Council staff and outside contractors. “These are things that can only be done when the fitness centre is empty,” said Vidal, who underscored the importance of such regular upkeep both for maintenance and hygiene reasons while apologising for the inconvenience it might cause.

The Antoni Blanc centre will re-open for sports centre and pool activities next Monday. Classes and timetables can be consulted here: http://www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat/images/stories/Horaris_poliesportiu_piscina/HORARIS_POLIESPORTIU_ANTONI_BLANC_imprimir.jpg

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.

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