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Council partners with island tennis club

Foto conveni tennisPresident Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Jorge Jiménez, chair of the island's local tennis club, to make official a new partnership between the two entities. As part of the deal the Council pledges ten thousand euros in support for Club de Tennis Illa de Formentera in 2018.

The Council will let the club use municipal tennis and paddle tennis courts and put it on the hook for maintenance operations.

President Ferrer highlighted the island's “firm commitment” to tennis and paddle tennis. “That we're here today extending that engagement, as we have since 2013, is further proof”, he said.

Mr Jiménez welcomed the Council's support wholeheartedly, saying it allowed the club a certain degree of “peace of mind”. “Knowing we can count on this help on an annual basis makes moving forward that much easier”, he confided. The club offers training to 50 players, young and old.

Council backs 7 sports events organised by Grup Esportiu Espalmador

Foto conveni GEE 2018Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and Grup Esportiu Espalmador chairman Juanjo Escandell put their signatures on a deal to provide the sport club with €7,000 in support.

The administration's money will finance seven sport gatherings held on the island: the fifth Far a Far footrace (April 22); road-racing cyclists' sixth Trofeu Ciclisme (March 25); mountain bikers' fifth Copa Illa de Formentera (May 6); the 33rd Milla Urbana (July 15); the 23rd Pujada a la Mola (October 12); Volta cicloturista, another event for mountain bikers (October 26-28); and the 40th John Tunks Memorial run, also known as the “Constitution run”.

President Ferrer praised the efforts of the Espalmador club in organising the races and promoting athletics, cycling and triathlons on Formentera. Mr Escandell, for his part, showed his appreciation for the administration's support, saying “thanks to this help from Council we're reducing registration fees and guaranteeing a fine initiative can continue”. CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal, who was also present, saluted the sport club's work encouraging fitness on the island.

V Cursa Far a Far
Precisament el Grup Esportiu Espalmador, conjuntament amb l’àrea d’Esports del Consell, organitzen aquest proper diumenge 22 la Far a Far, que enguany arribarà a la seua cinquena edició. Com cada any, la Far a Far unirà els dos fars de l'illa amb 26 quilòmetres de recorregut.

L’hora de sortida des del far de la Mola serà a les 09.00 h per la Caminada Popular i a les 11.00h per la cursa, mentre que l’hora límit d’arribada al far des Cap es marca a les 14.00h.

La retirada de dorsals es farà el dissabte a la recepció del Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc entre les 18.00 h i les 20.00 h (Cursa i Caminada) i el diumenge 22 d'abril a la zona de sortida, far de la Mola, entre les 8.00 h i les 9.00 h (Caminada) i de 9.00 a 10.45 h (Cursa). Per ser una zona protegida i difícil accés amb pàrquing limitat només es podrà accedir a la zona de sortida amb autocar facilitat per l'organització. Les sortides es faran de la Savina - far de la Mola (Sortida) 07.45 h i 09.30 h, i del Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc - far de la Mola (Sortida) 08.00 h. i 09.45 h.

Així mateix, l'organització habilitarà llançadores pel retorn des del far d'es Cap, arribant a la Savina i passant pel Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc. Ja hi ha gairebé un centenar de participants registrats, per bé que fins aquest divendres 20 d'abril a les 22.00 h encara es poden realitzar les inscripcions a la web: www.elitechip.net.

Aquesta prova s’emmarca dins del calendari d’esdeveniments esportius que s’organitzen a Formentera en primavera i temporada baixa per a donar a conèixer l’illa com a destí esportiu, oferint d’altra banda als seus participants experimentar una Formentera especialment tranquil·la en la millor època per gaudir dels seus paisatges.

This Easter, Formentera becomes a judo stronghold

Foto judokesFrom Thursday to Sunday, the Antoni Blanc fitness centre will play host to two judo-related events: the 26th edition of an educational retreat, el Stage Internacional de Judo; and the Frutos JL, a memorial cup, or torneu, now in its twelfth year.

Approximately 170 martial arts buffs are anticipated when the pair of events return to the island for another long weekend of competitions, learning and training. Judokas (“judo students”) from Formentera's Club Dojo will be joined by their counterparts from Eivissa, Mallorca, Alacant and Toledo as well as the top competitors of the region in the sènior, júnior, cadet and infantil categories.

Sports secretary Jordi Vidal highlighted the instructional retreat's “long history of attracting talent—from Formentera, the Balearics and mainland Spain”. He called the day “a special chance to enjoy the sport and promote teamwork and camaraderie among our youngest participants”.

This year, classes will be led by national master and sixth dan, Carlos Montero. The special guest at the event will be Maria Bernabeu, who won the bronze medal at the most recent worldwide event in Budapest.

Sports-filled spring on Formentera
Other sporting events are on the horizon, too—Regata Ophiusa, a sailing regatta; Far a Far, a footrace; the island's yearly half marathon and a road bicycle race called “el Trofeu” are among the other trials and competitions aimed not just at showcasing Formentera as a destination for tourism and fitness out of the traditional summer season, but also promoting active lifestyles among islanders.

Cycling event behind road closures Sunday

foto ciclismeFormentera's Office of Sport reports that traffic will be restricted on a number of roads this Sunday when a cycling event rolls into town. Now in its eighth year, the Trofeu de Ciclisme en Ruta, a road-cycling cup, will prompt the following closures:

La Mola's lighthouse to Sant Ferran, 9.30am to 10.45am.

Sant Ferran loop (with es Pujols, la Savina and Sant Francesc in between), 10.45am to 12 noon.

Sant Ferran to la Mola, 12 noon to 1.45pm.

Normal traffic flow will be restored once cyclists have passed.

The match between Formentera and València B has been pushed back thirty minutes to guarantee free access to the municipal pitch.

The Council asks local drivers for their understanding and cooperation.

Crews get to work on Formentera's nautical sports centre

foto centre nautic obres1Two divisions of the Formentera Council, the Office of Sport and the Office of Infrastructure, are together announcing the start of an effort to build Formentera's centre for esports nàutics, or “nautical sports”.

Designed to meet the diverse of needs of local companies in the nautical sector, the facilities will enfold a municipal sailing school as well as a space equipped for administrative and informational services and an area dedicated to education and training.

The new Centre d'Esports Nàutics is the Council's first attempt to connect islanders directly with the sea. Sports secretary Jordi Vidal put the effort in context by explaining that “whether it's about going in for a closer look, education or just having a good time, engaging with the ocean is a vital part to islanders' identity”.  He framed the longstanding effort as aimed at “promoting water sports and respect for this fabulous sea we've got around us”.

A venue for nautical sports has long been a subject of interest for island residents. Now, set for completion in six months' time, construction of the €1m centre stems from a partnership between Demarcació de Costes, the administration of the regional environment ministry's ses Salines reserve and the port authorities of the Balearic Islands. Local infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafael González described the current phase as “the dawn of an initiative many years in the making”and said collaboration from an array of entities was “crucial to securing the best possible site: s'Estany des Peix”.

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