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With help from administration, 77 islanders specialise in scuba-diving

Foto cursos busseig vellmari reduxAccording to a report issued today by the Formentera Council's Office of Sport, 77 Formentera residents got financial help paying for recreational scuba-diving classes in 2017 with funding made possible by a deal between the Council and Vellmarí dive centre.

Thirty-seven individuals signed up to take an introductory course at a 50% discount, 15 received 60% off a “junior” course and another 25 students got instruction for ongoing divers at a 38% discount. All told, the funding totalled €7,000.

The administration hopes to see more islanders taking an interest in the island's undersea life and scuba-diving. To CiF sport secretary Jordi Vidal, conditions on Formentera “make it a no-brainer as a destination for the activity”. The Council's partnership with Vellmarí spans more than a decade. During that time, upwards of 700 residents have received specialised diving instruction, which Vidal describes as “a way to educate people about the vast wealth of our undersea habitats and posidonia meadows”.

El Consell atorga 74.000 € en ajudes als clubs esportius de l’illa i 9.000 € per esportistes especialitzats

Foto vela 2017El Consell de Formentera, a través de l’àrea d’Esports, ha atorgat 74.000 € en subvencions per al foment de l'esport repartits entre els 8 clubs sol·licitants de l'illa, Club Dojo, SD Formentera, Club Pàdel Illa de Formentera, Club Tennis Illa de Formentera, Racing de Formentera, Grup Esportiu Espalmador, Club Bàsquet Formentera i Club de Natació Formentera.

Així ho ha explicat el conseller d’Esports, Jordi Vidal, que ha destacat que són ajudes molt importants per al funcionament dels clubs de la nostra illa. Com a novetat aquest any el Consell de Formentera “avançarà el 50% de la quantitat adjudicada per evitar que els clubs hagin d’anticipar els pagaments amb els problemes que això suposa”, segons ha destacat.

Ajudes individuals
D’altra banda, el Consell de Formentera, ha atorgat 9.000 € en ajudes a 3 esportistes menors de 18 anys. Els esportistes estan especialitzats en atletisme, tennis i vela, segons ha explicat el conseller.

L’objectiu d’aquesta subvenció és “ajudar a la progressió dels esportistes i possibilitar el seu seguiment en un futur a més alt nivell”, ha afegit. Aquestes ajudes individuals es donen gràcies a un conveni de col·laboració signat entre el Consell de Formentera i la Fundació Balear de l’Esport.

En setembre es tornarà a obrir una segona convocatòria per a tècnics i altres esportistes. Els interessats es poden adreçar a l’àrea d’Esports i al web http://esportesmes.org per conèixer els requisits. Una comissió tècnica mixta formada entre representants del Consell i de la Fundació Balear de l’Esport és la que estudia les peticions, i en funció de les necessitats i el nivell esportiu de cada sol·licitant atorga les subvencions.

Athletics, tennis and sailing programmes begin enrolment in Formentera's municipal sports schools

Foto nens escola de vela 2017With summer's end on the horizon, the Formentera Council's Office of Sport has announced the September return of activities at the island's sport centres. Signups at the three schools, which offer courses in athletics, tennis and sailing, will begin September 1 first at the Antoni Blanc fitness centre.

The municipal athletics centre will kick off its three-and-up programme September 14. Children aged 3 to 6 can attend Atletisme Divertit (“Athletics is Fun”) and general athletics is offered for runners aged 6 to 17. The idea, says sport secretary Jordi Vidal, is to promote running by highlighting its dynamism and creativity.

Sailing and windsurfing
This summer saw the launch of instruction at Formentera's municipal sailing school, and Vidal told islanders to expect water sports and activities to last through winter. He announced the school's September 18 start date and schedule of weekend classes.

The young sportspeople will be grouped into sailing and windsurfing for beginners and a group for children aged 6 to 17. “Conditions here make Formentera perfect for these sports,” said Vidal, “so we want to see local kids playing them and going further with their training”.

Classes for 6- to 17-year-olds, with themes like Mini Tennis, Initiation, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2, will resume at the municipal tennis school too. The goal, Vidal confided, is to teach and promote tennis as a vehicle for personal development.

He encouraged islanders to visit the www.emaf.cat website or the Antoni Blanc sport centre for details on the complete course offering. The bottom line, concluded Vidal, is to get kids active and forming “life habits that are healthy”.

Municipal pool opens enrolment for 2016-2017 classes

natacioThe Formentera Council's Office of Sport wishes to announce the start, from today, of registration for swimming courses at the municipal swimming pool. Signups will be held at Antoni Blanc fitness centre from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm.

Groups will be formed based on age, with one cohort of 2 to 12 year olds, another for swimmers over 12, and groups for expecting mothers, aquafitness and light gymnastics. Roughly 275 students—adults and children—are expected in total.

Classes, held afternoons from Monday to Friday and between 30 and 45 minutes in length, begin September 13 and run through June.

Swimming classes for newborns
This year, for the first time, the pool is offering two monthly infant swimming lessons at no charge. Two Saturday sessions, at 10.30am and 11.00am, will be available to newborns and their accompanying guardian, although interested individuals must reserve in advance at the front desk of the sports centre. During the first term, classes will go September 9-23, October 7-21, November 4-18 and December 2-16.


Formentera kids see day in the life of island's lifeguards

Escola de socorrisme 2 2017The Formentera Council's lifeguard service has opened its escola de socorristes, or “lifeguard school,” to children in summer schools and sports camps on the island. The goal, said service chief Marco Antonio Lage, is to give Formentera's youngsters a glimpse of the lifeguard profession and important water-risk prevention tools. “Prevention,” explained Lage, “can be as simple as understanding that the red flag means don't swim”.

Last Friday the escola took its first group to spend a day at Es Cavall den Borràs beach. Lifeguard staff explained a typical day's work and went into subjects like rescue material and how to use it, the meaning of the different coloured flags and tips to remember on arrival (protection against sunburn). The lifeguards-in-training also heard about the importance of Posidonia oceanica seagrass in local waters and took part in a hands-on demo.

The escola will reopen for classes on two Fridays, August 11 and 25.

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