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Council and sailing club sign deal to help put projects –sports-related, socially-impactful, cultural and educational– in motion

foto conveni club nauticCiF chief Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Vicent Tur, president of the island's club nàutic, to sign into action a partnership agreement in support of sport, social, cultural and educational initiatives.

As part of the deal, the “nautical” or sailing club pledges €50,000 to help the Council stage sporting events, like windsurf regattas with Formentera's surfing club or a sailing league as well as the programme “Descobreix la mar” in collaboration with the sailing school.
The sailing club will collaborate in the Aula de Titulacions Nàutiques, a nautical accreditation site, on training courses and work with the diving school to offer year-round programming. The club will also coordinate “Setmana de la mar”, an event with wide-ranging learning and cultural activities about underwater ecosystems.

The sailing club will likewise put together a yearly photo contest, an annual speed painting contest and an interactive classroom that will serve as a staging area for exhibits, conferences, seminars, concerts, cinema discussions and other activities promoting knowledge about the sea.

One of the sailing club’s main focuses is social inclusion. Club staff take part in disability and special needs training. Partnerships with other specialised associations like APMIPTEA and APNEEF are on the horizon as well.

The sailing club commits to a series of earth-friendly actions as well, like participating in future editions of Save Posidonia Project; helping draft a guide to green sailing; fomenting and spreading not just knowledge but a spirit of care and conservation as well...for the planet at large and for Formentera’s surrounding beauty, especially at Estany des Peix.

Formentera Zen, three days of physical and emotional wellness

foto formentera zenThe Formentera Council's department of sport reports that from Friday to Sunday, the island will host the fourth Formentera Zen.

Formentera Zen is three days of wellness in the stunning setting formed by Formentera's signature light, silence and tranquility. October is one of the best times of year to visit the island. Things move at a different pace, one perfectly suited to a range of movement and disciplines promoting physical and emotional wellness.

Core activities on the programme cover yoga, Pilates, snorkeling, Antigym and Paleotraining, although Formentera Zen also proposes education and training, including dedicated workshops about Eco Diet, mindfulness, aromatherapy and emotional intelligence. Daily from 10.30am to 3.00pm there will also be a fira ecosaludable, or “green fair”, where local producers will gather to peddle their fare, including organic and raw food.

Saturday in Es Pujols, Formentera's sixth triathlon

foto-triatlo-3Secretary of sport Jordi Vidal unveiled details today of Formentera's sixth triathlon, scheduled to play out in Es Pujols this Saturday, October 6. He was joined by Manuel Hernández, head of event organisers Unisport Consulting, and Rafael Cardona, a spokesperson for sponsoring company Trasmapi.

Organisers are expecting some 250 triathletes at the trial, half of them competing in the “sprint” category and the other half in “olympic”. Sprinters and teams start at 2.15pm with a 750-m swim in Es Pujols bay before moving on to 20km of cycling and 5km on foot. Olympic athletes set out at 4.00pm, swimming 1,500m, then cycling 40km, then running 10km.

Any aspiring contenders who have not yet signed up can do so tomorrow between 9.30am and 12 noon in Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa. Numbers will also be available for pickup there between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Road closures

Tomorrow from 2.00pm till 6.45pm, the road linking Es Pujols and La Savina will be closed to vehicle traffic from Es Pujols to Illetes. In Es Pujols, all but the town's ring road will remain closed to traffic from 2.00pm to 7.20pm. Motorists must take alternate routes during that time, and secretary Vidal apologised to islanders for the inconvenience.

Vidal welcomed Trasmapi's support in organising the event for the sixth straight year. The competition is part of Discover Formentera in October, an initiative aimed at getting travellers to visit the island outside the high season. Vidal also highlighted the participation and collaboration of Viatges Es Freus, Carbónicas Tur, Frufor, Pro-Auto, Actuacions La Mola, Formotor, Motor Pujols, S'Avaradero, Trasmediterranea and Blue Bar.

The secretary also praised the island's local police, Guardia Civil, civil protection and volunteer forces for making the triathlon possible year after year. 

In commitment to local athletes, Formentera frees up €15k in aid

foto ajudes esport 2The Formentera Council's office of sport reports it has awarded €15,000 in assistance to four local sportswomen and men—two windsurfers (Sergi Escandell and Mateo Sanz), one runner (Andrea Romero) and one tennis player (Gemma Lairón).

Sport secretary Jordi Vidal described the goal of the assistance as “helping [these four] to develop and continue receiving guidance in competitions at the national and international level”. According to the secretary, the individual subsidies come thanks to a deal struck between the Formentera Council and a wing of the regional government's directorate general for sport, the Fundació per a l'Esport Balear.

The money will go towards gear, equipment and travel to competitions, as well as nutritionists, sport psychologists, physiotherapists and other professionals involved in elite sports.

For their part, the four pledge to wear insignia of the Formentera Council on their competitive and training gear, collaborate in and give technical feedback on the Council's programme on sportsmanlike values; and mention the Council's sponsorship on social media.

Formentera signs deal with Govern to promote fitness

foto conveni promo esportiva1Jaume Ferrer and Fanny Tur, chairman of the Formentera Council and the Balearic Islands' minister of culture, participation and sport, respectively, sat down today to sign into action a deal to promote fitness in 2018. The Fundació—or “foundation”—for fitness in the Balearics, part of the regional ministry, is unlocking €100,000 to benefit high-performance sport, women in sport and Formentera's image as a sport stronghold.

To that end the Council commits to:

- Supporting high-level athletes who have given standout performances nationally (medal winners in championships in Spain) and internationally (participants in European, international and Olympic meets).

- Collaborating in sporting events such as competitions, seminars and/or training courses that foster Formentera's image as a centre for sport.

- Acquiring specialised sporting material for high-level sport programmes organised by the Council.

- Providing the Fundació with proof of payment for related acquisitions, as well as a brief report of activities prior to December 31, 2018.

To ensure proper follow-up, a committee will evaluate execution of the initiative, explore issues relating to how it is interpreted and reconcile any disparities. The committee will be made up of a representative of the Council and of the Fundació.

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