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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

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

Marnaton hits Formentera tomorrow

marnaton-2018-12The Formentera Council office of sport reports that the second Marnaton Formentera (Marnaton eDreams Formentera by Balèaria) will take place tomorrow, Saturday May 18. Approximately five hundred swimmers (almost two hundred more than last year) will compete in two different modules, 4K and 11K. Participants in the 11K circuit (“Volta a l'illa d'Espalmador”) will set out at 9.10am and their counterparts in the 4K circuit (“Volta a es Pas”) are scheduled to set out 10.00am. Both groups start and finish in ses Illetes, and onlookers will have space available at es Ministre.

Formentera Raid
Contenders will take part today and tomorrow in Raid Formentera, a three-part event that will see swimmer-kayaker pairs cover distances of between 6.5 and 17 kilometres as they circle the island on routes specially tailored to weather conditions.

The sporting event is part of Discover Formentera in May, a Council-backed push to stir up interest in visiting the island before and after the traditional summer season. The campaign covers the Marnaton as well, an eDreams-sponsored event with versions in Begur (June 9), Sant Feliu de Guíxols (June 29) and Cadaqués (September 14).

As with other events put on by the Formentera Council, earth smart education plays an important role, and participants are invited to collaborate in Save Posidonia Project. Organisers have pledged zero environmental impact on the ses Salines reserve.

For more info, visit: http://www.marnatonedreams.com/en/home.html

May 17, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera welcomes 11th Mitjà Marató

foto-presentacio---mitja-marat1The Formentera Council's president and councillor of sport met today to unveil details about the island's eleventh half-marathon (Mitja Marató) and 8K run, both scheduled for Saturday May 11. Joining Jaume Ferrer and Jordi Vidal at the presentation was Manuel Hernández, the head of the organising firm Unisport Consulting, not to mention representatives of the event's biggest sponsors: CaixaBank (Maria Cruz, director) and Trasmapi (Nuria de la Torre, marketing chief).

All told 3,200 athletes are scheduled to compete—2,000 in the Mitjà Marató and another thousand in the 8K route. The starting shots of both fixtures will ring out at 5.30pm, though in different places: participants in the half-marathon start at la Mola lighthouse and—in what Manuel Hernández described as a safety measure—8K runners will take off from the es Ca Marí turn-off (outside Sant Ferran).

This year some six thousand completed early registration for the event. Hernández said the total number of participants was capped several years ago in a bid to make the fixture more enjoyable for runners and better adapted to the dimensions of the island.

Mitjà Marató turns eleven
The CiF first councillor described the eleven-year-old half-marathon as a well-established feature on the local calendar that “enables people to exercise and see everything the island has to offer: from la Mola's lighthouse to la Savina's”. Ferrer also underscored the Mitjà Marató's low-season tourist appeal.

Councillor Vidal thanked collaborators, organisers and sponsors, as well as security forces and volunteers at the event, to make the race possible. Vidal pointed out the importance of years of support in making the Mitjà Marató a nationally-recognised race. He also asked islanders for their patience ahead of the traffic interruptions expected.

Traffic interruptions
Starting at 4.45pm the main highway will be blocked along the following stretches: la Savina-es Pujols-Sant Ferran and Sant Ferran-la Mola. Segments will be progressively reopened as runners make headway, and normal traffic flow is expected to be fully re-established by 8.00pm.

The stretch of road connecting the town of el Pilar de la Mola and the nearby lighthouse will be closed to vehicle traffic from 3.00pm. Organisers say the highway should be reopened—and runners gone—by 5.45pm. Traffic on the road between la Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran will not be affected.

Trophies will be handed out at 7.00pm on passeig de la Marina in la Savina, near the finish line.

May 8, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera Council's “campus esportius”

foto campus estiu 1In an effort to increase the alternatives available to island youth for the approaching summer holidays, the Formentera Council department of sport is organising two sport day camps (campus esportius) at Antoni Blanc fitness centre and the municipal pool: one is called Atletisme Divertit (Fun with Athletics) and the other, Activitats Aquàtiques i Motrius, is dedicated to water activities and movement.

Enrolment in Atletisme Divertit opens Wednesday May 15 (Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc, 8.00am–9.00pm; online on OVAC). Applications will be processed in the order payment on completed applications is received. Should demand for Atletisme Divertit outstrip the space that is available, a waitlist will be started in case spots are forfeited. Would-be participants who register for both summer months will be given preference. Enrolment is not valid until the payment process is completed at the fitness centre.

Daily activities start at 9.00am and continue to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday. Early drop-off is available for families who need it between 8.00am and 9.00pm.

Atletisme Divertit begins July 1 and comes to an end August 30. It will be run by five youth workers and offer capacity for 50 children aged three to seven. Children will practice fine motor skills, arts and crafts, swimming for fun and healthy habits.

“Activitats Aquàtiques i Motrius”
Signups for Activitats Aquàtiques i Motrius (Aquatic and Motor Skill Activities) can be processed 8.00am to 9.00pm between May 27 and June 7 at the fitness centre, or online on the OVAC website. Again, the order in which applications are processed will be based on when payment on completed applications is received. Would-be participants who register for both summer months will be given preference. Enrolment is not valid until the payment process is completed at the fitness centre.

The Aquatic camp runs from 9.00am to 2.00/2.30pm, Monday to Friday, and here too, early drop-off is available—from 7.45am to 9.00am—for families that need it.

The programme, which starts July 1 and ends September 13, will be run by eight youth workers. Space is available for 80 children, born in or after 2014. The camp used to be called Synchronised Swimming, but organisers feel the new title is a better fit given activities cover a breadth of areas like aquatics and body and movement.

An activity will be staged at 7.30pm on July 27 in which parents and families can participate with their children, and an 8.00am exhibit is scheduled at the cinema on August 31.

The monthly cost of the day camps is €150 and early drop-off casts an extra €30 per month. Reduced prices are available for families with more than child enrolled, large families and children of CiF employees.

Summer schools
Enrolment for the CiF youth services department's summer school programme (escoles d'estiu), which will be held at the island's three primary schools, is scheduled for the first half of June.

May 8, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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