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As preventive public health measure, municipal sport schools push opening back to 1 February

In a bid to guarantee public health safety and curb Covid-19 cases on the island, the Formentera Sport Department reports that the start of municipal sports programmes has been rescheduled for 1 February.

From 12 January to 1 February, practice is prohibited for all but federated contact and fighting sportspeople aged 12 and up, and training sessions must take place in municipal facilities. Those islanders who do meet for practice are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and must respect safety protocol in place.

After contacting local sports clubs today to hammer out finer points of the decision, sport councillor Paula Ferrer described postponement as a way to guarantee a safe return to school and safeguard stable groups of children, remarking that “online learning is more suitable for over-12s”.

Activities should be staged outside municipal facilities whenever possible. As a public health safety measure changing rooms at Antoni Blanc fitness centre are closed and 30% capacity will be observed.

11 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

This Tuesday 8 December, 42nd John Tunks Memorial Mini-marathon features running and skating

cartell 2020 john tunksThis Tuesday 8 December, Grup Esportiu Espalmador will host the 42nd John Tunks Memorial Mini-marathon in association with the Consell de Formentera. The event will feature a 12K itinerary that participants can run or skate along with a 2.8K option for young ones, but covid-19 safety measures mean under-12 modalities typically held in the streets of Sant Francesc will have to wait. Contestants must wear a mask until the trial begins and put it on again when once they’ve crossed the finish line. The awards ceremony has also been temporarily suspended, with plans in place to offer winners their prizes as they arrive.

The 12K modality is full, but space is still available on the 2.8K circuit that sets out from Sant Ferran. Registration at this year’s event is free. Interested parties can sign up and get complete information about the competitions at www.elitechip.com or at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc until 10am the day of the function. Numbers will be handed out the same morning from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Start times:
10.30am—Skating, single category
11.00am—John Tunks Memorial 12K Mini-marathon
Approx. 11.40am—2,800m circuit with start in Sant Ferran

Traffic will be blocked from 10.30am to 1.00pm along two stretches of PM-820: from La Savina to Sant Francesc to the first Sant Ferran roundabout, and from La Savina to Es Pujols to Sant Ferran.

Participants from off the island are invited to use a free round-trip shuttle to get from Port de La Savina to the starting blocks in Sant Francesc.

4 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On 28 November, families invited to try dive at swimming pool

Bateig de busseigThis Saturday 28 November from 10.00am to 2.00pm, the Formentera Sport Department will team up with Formentera Divers to celebrate International Children’s Month with an initiation to scuba diving tailored specially for families.

Groups may not exceed four and children must be at least eight years old. Turns last 45 minutes and reservations are required (poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat / 971 321 240).

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes first crop of clinics tackling sexual violence in sport

cartell 2020 curs prevencioThe Formentera Department of Sport reports that yesterday marked the start of a five-day course designed to help participants prevent sexual violence in sport. Organised by Espai Dones in association with the Consell de Formentera, the series of day-long clinics for trainers, sport clubs and sport professionals will take place at Centre d’Esports Nàutics and blend textbook and hands-on learning.

Sports chief Paula Ferrer was in charge of presiding over the course’s kick-off. “In the quest to eradicate criminal acts like sexual violence, equality training and education —even in the world of sports— are crucial”, said the consellera.

“We’ve come a long way in recent years, female athletes are more visible and relevant than ever before, but it’s not enough; we’ve got a long way to go. It’s critical we continue developing equitable policies that protect those of us who are still enduring sexual violence everywhere. Sexual violence still happens in sports”, she said.

“I’m thrilled to see Formentera hosting this course”, said Espai Dones chair Dolores Fernández Tamargo. “It’s going to help participants get up to speed on best practises and protocol to prevent sexual violence in sports.”

Five days of training
Yesterday’s inaugural session was tuned to helping students come to grips with the concept of sexual violence in sport. Today participants will learn about legal aspects of the issue and related legislation. Wednesday’s class will include information about ongoing strategies to tackle sexual violence in sport, and Thursday will see participants taking part in an equality workshop. The week of training will conclude Friday with a lesson on best practices and a round-table discussion. The event will feature Marta Lliteras, who will speak to attendees about Binomi, a sports company; Oti Camacho, with insight about taking the leap and captaining a sports club; Bàrbara Marchal, a specialist in Nordic walking and year-round sports, and Pilar Calvo, who will talk about the importance of active community groups.

Part of the local activities programme for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the course also received organisational support from Women in Professional Sport (AMDP) — a group founded in 2016 to fight for the rights of women in sport. AMDP’s Balearic chapter launched this July.

Saluting AMPD’s efforts to build awareness in the world of sport, and bemoaning the fact that the pandemic had prevented this year’s course from being open to the public, Councillor Ferrer pledged the Formentera Department of Sport’s continued support “for initiatives like these in the struggle for equality”.

3 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera welcomes ‘Formentera Kite Spain Series’ sporting event for kitefoil

foto 2020 kitefoilThis weekend local waters will provide the backdrop for a kitefoil regatta known as the Flying Sardine FKSS 2020. Europe’s only circuit for Olympic windsurfing, the Formula Kite Spain Series (FKSS) is spread across five trials in 2020. Three have already taken place in Alarcón, Castelló and Mallorca and the final fixture of the competition is scheduled to play out in Tarifa this December.

More than forty people have signed up for the event in Formentera, a two-tier trial divided into the Open for world-renowned stars of the modality and the F-One, an amateur competition geared towards newcomers.

According to tourism chief Carlos Bernús, trainers, family members and friends accompanying the thirty participating athletes mean that over a hundred people will be arriving on the island for the occasion. “At this time of year, they’re more than welcome”, asserted Bernús.

The competition benefits from backing from Formentera’s departments of sport and tourism, with sport consellera Paula Ferrer emphasising the added visibility that sports like windsurfing, which claim many followers on the island, stands to gain thanks to the event. Ferrer encouraged fans to attend the fixture, which is scheduled to take place in Ses Illetes.

One of the fixture’s standout contestants is ten-time world “free style” champ Gisela Pulido. This weekend will mark the circuit leader’s first time competing on the island, and Pulido insisted that the presence of opponent Julia Damasiewicz ensured the competition would be hard fought. “Julia’s a big name in the game”, she said, “and neither one of us intends to pull any punches”.

The regattas will be held in Ses Salines nature reserve. Official training will begin at noon tomorrow (Friday), with trials starting at the same time Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

22 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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