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More than 1,200 island schoolchildren take part in 'Sport makes us equal'

foto 2021 valors esportToday Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Equality of the Consell de Formentera, and Paula Ferrer, Councillor of Sport, presented the campaign 'Sport makes us equal', part of the local initiative Posam Valors a l'Esport. Pupils in primary and secondary school will be the first to take part in the training programme, in which more than 1,200 local schoolchildren have already participated.

"The programme approaches equality from the angle of sports and education, an extremely appropriate way to spread the message and shape a future society that is more egalitarian across the board", said President Juan in the presentation. The island's top official highlighted the collaboration of the Formentera Office of Equality (Conselleria d'Igualtat), which will be in charge of an array of associated workshops, and applauded the Formentera Office of Sport (Conselleria d'Esports) "for their work spotlighting the values of sport".

The underlying goal of the programme is to discuss equality and other considerations like conflict resolution, frustration and motivation through the prism of sport. The training programme is designed to be practical and participative.

"In high demand among schoolchildren"

Councillor Ferrer said the programme, which launched in October, has been the subject of "intense demand on the part of primary schools and Marc Ferrer High School, who have requested workshops on equality and dealing with frustration and conflict resolution". Ferrer said some fifty workshops have taken place to date while others are in the works for the semester ahead. "Our job is to promote sport and we believe these actions help us do just that". Plans are also in place for workshops geared toward sport clubs, players, coaches and parents.

Audiovisual material

The CE has prepared audiovisual material to help broaden the programme's reach, including an initial video produced by Alfredo Montero and featuring young athletes from the island. Posters have also been made and, together with the video, they will be distributed across social media and other channels. Posam Valors a l'Esport has received €12,000 from the Balearic Directorate General of Sport.

24 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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The Consell and the Association of Professional Sports Consultants of the Balearic Islands sign a deal to promote training and sports management on the island

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Ana Juan, the President of the Consell de Formentera, and Josep Lluís Berbel, President of the Association of Professional Sports Consultants of the Balearic Islands, have signed a deal to promote a range of training related to exercise and sport. The agreement includes no economic considerations, but covers consulting on planning and actions regarding management of legal and administrative tasks in sports generally. Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer was on hand as the deal was signed.

18 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Sport Day this Saturday at Antoni Blanc fitness centre and municipal pool

This Saturday 13 November, the Formentera Office of Sport has organised a multi-activity day of sport at the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and municipal swimming pool. The day is part of the island's programme of events in celebration of World Children's Day.

Activities start at 9.30am with a demonstration from the archery school, followed by demos of taekwondo (10.00am), judo (10.30am) and flow dance (11.00am). The programme continues at 11.15am with a basketball camp activity and a mini basketball match hosted by the Trasmapi Formentera Basketball Club. The events at the sports centre will end with a women's indoor football match with Escola Cosmitos from 12.45pm.

That same day, the municipal swimming pool will open from 9.30am to 1.30pm for free family swim and aquatic circuits for fun. Swimmers will need to take turns and book their spots in advance by calling 971 321 240 or visiting the Antoni Blanc sports centre directly.

8 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera gears up for weekend of mountain biking

foto 2021 volta bttThe Consell de Formentera unveiled details today about the 6th BTT Volta Cicloturista and 27th BTT La Mola, two races that will cross the island between 22 and 24 October. Tailor-made for mountain bike enthusiasts (the bicicleta de todo terreno in both names signifies "all-terrain bicycle"), the functions are backed by the Formentera Office of Sport in association with the local tourism department, Unisport Consulting and GE Espalmador.

The Volta ("Ride") consists of three stages that pass through distinct parts of the island. Riders will cover 90 kilometres and climb 1,200 metres. As in previous years, riders keen to do so will have the option of participating on Sunday 24 October in BTT La Mola, with departure and arrival in La Mola. A qualifying trial for the Pine Islands MTB Championship (Campionat Pitiús de BTT), it covers 26.6 kilometres and includes a 530-metre altitude climb.

President Juan described October as a "particularly busy month for sports on Formentera", highlighting the nearly five thousand athletes that fixtures this month are expected to draw, and noting that athletes and clubs "can always count on local government support's for sport and organisation of events like these". Vice President and Councillor of Tourism Alejandra Ferrer called to mind numerous Consell-backed events seeking to showcase Formentera's appeal in October and invited participants and companions to enjoy the island. For her part, Councillor Paula Ferrer thanked the organisers and sponsors "for their continued commitment to Formentera as a venue for sporting events".

Also at the presentation were Unisport Consulting's director, Manuel Hernández; Jesús Ferrer from GE Espalmador; and Alex Marí, commercial director of Trasmapi, which sponsors the event.

The first stage of the event starts at 4.00pm on Friday 22 October with a 30K stretch which begins and ends in Sant Francesc. Also starting and ending in Sant Francesc is the 33.5K second stage, which kicks off at 10.00am the next day. The third stage –an alternative to the competition– starts at 11.00am on Sunday in La Mola.

Signups can be completed at www.elitechip.com and will remain open until 21 October. About 50 people have registered to date.

20 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Nearly 3,000 register for Formentera Half-Marathon and 8K race on Saturday

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Earlier today Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer and Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer unveiled details about the twelfth Formentera Half-Marathon and ninth 8K Sant Ferran-to-La Savina Fun Run set to unfold this Saturday 9 October. The two races will see nearly three thousand athletes of varying nationalities converge on the island, making the event the largest on Formentera's calendar of fitness fixtures. Also on hand at the press conference were Xisco Mateu, director of the regional Agència d'Estratègia Turística (AETIB); Manuel Hernández, director of organising group Unisport Consulting; Alex Marí, commercial director of Trasmapi, and Carles Verde, director of CaixaBank's commercial division in the Pine Islands, one of the premier sponsors of the races.

The kick-off for both trials has been set at 4.30pm: as is customary, the 21K Half-Marathon will start at La Mola lighthouse and the 8K run will begin in Sant Ferran, with registered participants numbering 1,750 for the former and 1,150 for the latter.

President Ferrer described the races, which were called off last year on account of the pandemic, as having "a special place in athletes' hearts". "Plus they're the perfect opportunity for participants and their companions to enjoy Formentera —our nature, beaches and gastronomic offer— in October."

October, sporting events aplenty

The Councillor of Sport gave praise to the organisers, forces of law and order, health workers and volunteers who make the events, which she described as "benchmarks in Spain and worldwide", possible. She also highlighted the other sporting events still on the docket like the Marnaton (16 October) and 6th Volta Cicloturista and 27th BTT La Mola (22–24 October) which together will draw some five thousand adepts of sport to Formentera's shores. Ferrer also apologised and asked for patience amid the attendant road closures that will intermittently block vehicle traffic.

Lastly, Unisport Consulting's Manuel Hernández marvelled at the scale of the event, for which few spots remain, and drew attention to the fact that early signups for next year's half-marathon already total 700.

Intermittent road closures

To ensure the safety of the participants, the following roads will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday 9 October:

·PM 820 (Avinguda de la Mola), between Can Blaiet restaurant and La Mola lighthouse [2.00pm to 5.30pm]
·PM 820, between Sant Ferran and La Mola [4.00pm to 7.00pm]
·PM 820-2, between Sant Ferran and La Savina by way of Es Pujols [3.00pm to 7.30pm]

6 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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