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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.

Tennis
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/

Fresh charges brought against itinerant vendors, street-side promoters

foto venda ambulant agost 2016The Formentera Council president's office has reported on eight new charges, brought last weekend by the Formentera local police, of itinerant selling at island beaches. From Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21, agents of law and order issued three charges of illegally peddling jewellery and clothing as well as five charges for selling fruit and beverages. Officers confiscated 172 bracelets, 38 dresses, 174 refreshments and various pieces of fruit, sandwiches and salads. Charges were also brought in one alleged case of street-side promoting, also called “dynamic publicity”.

In recent months Formentera police have pursued 34 cases of itinerant vending and brought charges for eight counts of street-side promoting. The goal behind the current law enforcement push is to stem the instances of such crimes.

Formentera's adapted swim makes summer water leisure a reality for people with reduced mobility

foto servei adaptatServei de Salvament i Socorrisme, the lifeguard and rescue service under the president's office of the Formentera Island Council, has once again reported that it offers an adapted swim service for two groups —individuals with reduced mobility and the elderly— at es Arenals and es Pujols beaches. The two adapted beaches are equipped with retooled wooden boardwalks, a shaded rest area and a water-safe chair for adapted swimming.

Adapted swim sessions, noted Sergi Martí, head of the service, are led by two specially trained lifeguards. “For a more natural experience, family and friends can accompany the swimmer throughout,” he said.

The service is available from noon to 5.00pm seven days a week, only when the green flag flies (check sea conditions at www.platgesdebalears.com). The current flow of requests is between two and three per week. One recent user was Juan José Dueñas, who afterwards recounted, “it'd been two years since I'd been in the sea and thanks to this service I've been able to do it again.”

Socorrisme's coordinator, Martí, points to the service's target —“tourists and locals”— and says its aim is for “people with reduced mobility and seniors with impaired mobility to enjoy Formentera's waters, too”.

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.

Summer schoolers visit Council's vegetable patch for kids

hort infantil formentera 2 2016 elenamarcoPupils of Formentera's summer school programme take part in activities at a vegetable garden for kids created by the Formentera Council and dubbed l'Hort Infantil. The administration's Office of Youth Services and Office of Agriculture are organising visits of the garden, which is located next to Sant Francesc's Sa Tanca Vella monument, for children attending summer school in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran.

Young ones at the Sant Francesc summer school took it in two turns when they visited the garden and participated in outdoor farming activities. The visits lasted approximately 45 minutes. Next Monday August 22 children of the Sant Ferran de Ses Roques programme will be split into three groups that each take part in 45-minute sessions.

The vegetable patch for kids was created last winter for introductory-level children's farming courses put on by the Formentera Council. Given positive response to the courses so far it is expected they will continue through the coming school year.

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