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Sailers with disabilities wrap up course

curs-de-vela--2-1The Consell de Formentera Department of Sport reports that the summer course in beginners’ sailing for islanders at the Centre de Dia ended at noon today.

Working with monitors from the Municipal Sailing School (Escola Municipal de Vela) participants learned their way around a boat and the fundamentals of sailing, plus came away with familiarity sailing solo. Eight students set out with monitors from both the school as well as the dependent care facility on the final outing, which concluded with a dip at the beach.

Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer said she was “thrilled with the new initiative”, coordinated in partnership with the social welfare office, and hoped “for ongoing collaboration with the Centre de Dia—the best way to make sure that islanders at the day centre can keep benefitting from such an enriching experience”.

The Consell de Formentera bought the 12-person boat which is used for lessons in 2017 with help from Obra Social 'la Caixa'.


20 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

From 16 September, pool and fitness centre to open doors at 7am

foto piscina-municipalThe Consell de Formentera and Department of Sport report that from 16 September, islanders who visit the municipal pool for open swim or Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc for weight-training will find the doors open at 7.00am—45 minutes earlier than the normal time.

The decision was based on feedback from facility users, who put earlier opening hours at the top of requests. Activities wrap up at the usual hour, 9.30pm, and doors at both the fitness centre and pool are locked at 10.00pm.

On Wednesday 11 September enrolment begins for municipal sport camps. Programmes this season include tennis, swimming, archery, athletics and sailing. Registration deadlines and scheduling information will be announced in the coming days.

Tennis schoolEscola de Tennis:
For children 4 and up.
Signups from 11 September at the escola de tennis or Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc.
Payments accepted from 11 September.
Start of classes: Monday 16 September
Classes held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Mini-tennis and initiation: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Advanced: 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Swimming schoolEscola de Natació:
For children 2 and up.
Signups from 11 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Start of classes for Tortuga group and higher, including adults: 16 September
Start of classes for Medusa and Cavallet group: 30 September
Classes for an array of groups are held Monday to Friday from 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Sailing SchoolEscola de Vela:
Yellow and up
Signups from 11 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Start of classes: 16 September
Classes meet Thursdays and Fridays, 4.00pm to 6.00pm; Saturdays, 10.30am to 1.30pm

Archery SchoolEscola de Tir amb Arc:
For children 7 and up.
Signups at Antoni Blanc from 16 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Start of classes: Tuesday 1 October
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Athletics SchoolEscola d'Atletisme
Signup at Antoni Blanc from 16 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Athletics for fun—Atletisme divertit
For ages 3 to 6
Start of classes: 1 October
Class-time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.00pm to 6.00pm at Antoni Blanc

9 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Between summer school and sports camp, 313 children turn out this week for seasonal activities

foto campus estiu 2019 2The Formentera Council Office of Youth Services reports that this week 170 girls and boys began activities at the Escola d'Estiu (Summer School) 2019. Activities are held Monday to Friday until 31 August at the primary schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola.

Designed for children aged 3 to 14, the programmes run 9.00am to 2.00pm and offer an early-start option from 8.00am. Kids will learn about caring for the environment and recycling as part of this year's activities, which were conceived under the catchphrase “Respira l'illa” (Breathe the island) and include the collaboration of Plastic Free Formentera, Cleanwave and the Council's own environmental educator. The wide-ranging line-up of activities covers everything from arts and crafts, physical fitness and games to music, dance and everything in between. Field trips—like outings to the beach and pool, to name only two destinations—are also in the works.

Sports camps

The Formentera Council's department of sport is itself organising two summer programmes—the Aquatic and Motor Acitivities camp and “Amusing Athletics” (Atletisme Divertit), both of which are scheduled for the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and municipal pool—in an effort to create leisure options for the summer months.

A total of 80 children came out on Monday for the start of the Aquatic and Motor Activities camp, which extends through 13 September. The daily programme goes from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 2.00pm/2.30pm (with an early-start programme available from 7.45am).

Activities run the gamut from swimming, waterpolo, artistic swimming and first aid to “pre-sport” games, body and movement, fine motor skills, acrosport and dance.

Mothers and fathers of participants in the Aquatic/Motor programme are invited to a family day in the swimming pool at 7.30pm on 27 July. An exhibit in the cinema is additionally being planned from 8.00pm on 31 August.

The Council is organising the Amusing Athletics programme as well, and 63 local kids 3 to 7 years old have already started attending. Children do activities tuned to developing age-appropriate motor skills, plus they play teamwork-building games and spend time in the water to build their aquatic skills and coordination. The camp started on Monday and will conclude 31 August.

3 July 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Sailing class for Day Centre users with disabilities

vaixell-adaptat-escola-vela-foThe Sport department of the Consell de Formentera reports that beginners' sailing classes will be offered to individuals at the dependent care facility this July and August. The once-weekly classes will be held Fridays, imparted by workers at the Municipal Sailing School (EMV).

Organisers hope participants will come away knowing how to operate a boat on their own. Sports councillor Paula Ferrer stressed that the initiative, which is put together with help from the social welfare office, “is about making sure that service users at the Formentera Day Centre can benefit from the infrastructure and resources we have at our disposal”. “Summer is a great time to get outdoors and in the water, making people's day-to-day a little better”, said the councillor.

In 2017, Formentera's council purchased a specially-equipped, accessible boat for people with functional diversity. The 12-person watercraft is used by the EMV. Obra Social “la Caixa” helped fund the purchase.


12 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Enrolment at sailing school starts Monday

cursos-windsurf1The Formentera Council Office of Sport reports that Monday will mark the start of signups for summer courses at the Escola Municipal de Vela, or “Municipal Sailing School”. Instruction will take place 24 June to 30 August and is designed for children over five who already know how to swim. All those interested in enrolling should stop by the Antoni Blanc fitness centre from Monday 10 June.

Modules are two weeks long and classes are held Monday to Friday (two and a half hours per day). Three versions of the course will be offered—the first from 9.00am to 11.30am, the second from 11.30am to 2.00pm and the third from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

The timetable for the 24 June-5 July module is as follows:

9.00am to 11.30am, sailing for beginners
11.30am to 2.00pm, sailing for beginners and and windsurfing for beginners
4.30pm to 7.00pm, sailing for beginners and windsurfing for beginners


7 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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