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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.

Sailing school updates arsenal with new boat designed for disabled

Foto presentacio nova embarcacio escola de velaJaume Ferrer, Jordi Vidal and Josep Verdera—the Formentera Council's chairman, the councillor of sports and the branch director at CaixaBank in Sant Francesc—came together to unveil the latest addition to the Formentera sailing school's arsenal of equipment, a boat specially-designed for individuals with functional diversity.

The administration welcomed the support from Obra Social la Caixa, which brought €8,000 to the table for the initiative. The 12-person vessel measures 5.95 metres (m) long and 2.5m wide and retails for €13,000. The remaining €5,000 was put up by the Formentera Council, which paid €2,000 to give the school a trailer as well.

The CiF reached out to Obra Social in a bid to equip Formentera's Escola de Vela with special-needs services. The project's directors point to roughly 50 islanders—patients at Formentera's dependent care centre and individuals affiliated with an array of other local groups—as some of the service's potential users.

According to the men, the effort is part of the CaixaBank financial network's dedication to serving local communities. “Our commitment,” they said, “is to the Balearic Islands' most vulnerable”.

Help for sports and athletes groups on Formentera

Basquet3The Formentera Council Office of Sport has announced they have begun accepting applications for grant money as part of Esports 2017, a programme to fund local clubs and associations oriented around sport. The aim is to help associations promote and carry out seasonal activities (assistance with sign-ups and membership documentation, trainer costs, equipment, etc.) and ensure their economic viability by proposing mediation and counsel in areas such as business administration.

The deadline on applications is July 17. More information, plus application forms, can be found at the Formentera Council website and at esportesmes.org. Esports 2017 is a €74,000 programme that is funded by the Council. The administration issued the call for applications earlier than in years past in an effort to guarantee that this year advance payouts—an anticipated 50% of the total—are sent before the start of the 2017/2018 season.

Other assistance
Also being accepted are applications for support for young sportswomen and men and their trainers (applicants and aides must be participants in the support programme for under-18 athletes). That funding was unlocked thanks to a deal with Fundació per a l'Esport Balear.

Thirteen thousand euros in grant money is available and recipients are selected based on a series of factors in a process that is overseen by a committee formed by representatives from both the Formentera Council and Fundació per a l'Esport Balear. The deadline on those applications is July 17 and all the details can be found on the CiF website and at esportesmes.org.

Trasmapi and Formentera sports marina invest in municipal sailing school

Patrocinadors escola de velaSports councillor Jordi Vidal, together with the chief of marketing at Trasmapi, Nuria de la Torre, and Juanjo Costa, director of the Formentera marina took a visit today to the municipal sailing school, the Escola de Vela, whose sponsorship the two companies have agreed to lead.

Trasmapi shipping company and Marina de Formentera, a leisure port, will give financial support to the school this year and next. Their backing will make service upgrades possible and provide funding for nautical gear for the Escola's windsurfing and kitesurfing classes and for practice.

Trasmapi, for its part, has pledged to provide inter-island ferry connections to transport people, vehicles and equipment for activities that the school hosts.

The Escola's first classes took place on June 26 and, through the end of July, roughly 70 children are expected to participate in water sports programmes there. Visit the Antoni Blanc sports centre to register and www.emaf.cat for more details on programmes at municipal sports schools.

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