The Sprinters project celebrates its Olympics games on the Italian island of Ponza from October 1 to 4

Twelve athletes from each participating countries will participate in the four disciplines promoted by this European project

The island of Ponza, on the Italian coast, halfway between Rome and Naples, hosts the Olympics Sprinters from 1 to 4 October, a environmentally friendly sports competition. The project, coordinated by the municipality of Cullera and financed by the European Union and the Erasmus + program, promotes sporting activities in protected natural areas and the creation of sustainable startups in the sector.

For 4 days, 12 athletes from each of the five member countries of Sprinters -Bulgaria, Spain, France, Italy and Latvia- will compete in the disciplines of Nordic walking, mountain biking, canoeing and running. The competitions will be mixed and with no age limit.

On Tuesday 2 October, the Olympics will begin with the canoeing and running events, with the mottos ‘Rowing for Europe’ and ‘Running for Europe’. The canoeing competition includes sessions between 8 and 10 participants, if weather conditions allow it, will travel a mile in the area of ​​Bourbon Harbor.

From the same place the race ‘Running for Europe’ of 5 kilometers long will start and run along the panoramic road of Ponza and will be diverted by a natural path that leads until the town of Santa María and back to the port.

Wednesday, October 3 will be the day to test the resistance of the athletes. ‘The Nordic march through Europe’ will be a competition of three kilometers long in which participants will walk on natural paths that will bring them to a hill 600 meters high.

The biking race will be 4 kilometers long that can continue up to 10 kilometers. It is a circular route along a greenway through the Fortino-Forte Papa natural park.

 

The Sprinters partners met in Gabrovo (Bulgaria)

The Bulgarian city of Gabrovo welcomed the partners last weekend to celebrate a new Sprinters meeting. The project is coordinated by the municipality of Cullera and funded by the European Union and Erasmus+.

Two were the main topics to discuss. On one hand, the partners talked about the sport management in natural protected areas and the results of the University of Valencia as a scientific partner. On the other hand, they discussed about the Sprinters Olympic Games and set the date of the event that will take place in Ponza (Italy) from October 1 to October 6.

Sprinters members
Sprinters members

Furthermore, they agreed about the participation of 12 athletes from each participanting country (Spain, France, Latvia, Bulgaria and Italy). The Olympic Games will be equal for both genres (male and female), without age restrictions and each country will be able to participate in the competitions it deems appropriate.

Sprinters is a transnational European project that aims to develop sports in natural protected areas in a sustainable way by offering running, nordic walking, canoeing and cycling competitions.

 

Mērsraga novada pašvaldība, Mērsraga vidusskola un Engures ezera Dabas parks piedalās ERASMUS + Sport projektā “Sprinters”.  3 cilvēku delegācija no Mērsraga novada no 17. maija līdz 20. maijam apmeklēja projekta trešo visu partneru sanāksmi Bulgārijā, Gabrovā. Sanāksmē piedalījās projekta partneru pārstāvji no Spānijas, Itālijas, Bulgārijas, Francijas. Šoreiz tikšanās reizē Mērsraga novadu un dabas parku pārstāvēja Agnese Kreicberga, Roberts Šiliņš un Madara Brāle.

Projekta partneru tikšanās reizes ļauj uzzināt, kas projekta ietvaros ir paveikts katrā no projekta dalībvalstīm, kā arī tā ir iespēja kopīgi pārrunāt vēl nepieciešamās aktivitātes, lai projekta norise būtu veiksmīga. Šajā reizē partneri pārrunāja sporta menedžmenta attīstību dabas aizsargājamās teritorijās, sporta un ekonomikas sasaisti, kas veicinātu jaunu uzņēmumu veidošanos, kā arī Valensijas universitātes kā zinātniskā partnera apkopotos rezultātus. Tāpat tika pārrunāta “Sprinters” olimpisko spēļu norise oktobrī, Ponzā.

In the meeting
In the meeting

Mums bija lieliska iespēja ne tikai uzzināt vairāk par projekta norisi, bet arī iepazīt Gabrovu, kur mēs apmeklējām ikgadējo humora un satīras karnevālu, humora un satīras muzeju, dabas parku “Bulgarka”. Tāpat iepazinām arī Gabrovas humoru. Saskaņā ar nostāstiem gabrovieši cērt kaķiem nost astes, lai ziemas spelgonī ātrāk aiz tiem aizcirstu durvis (viens no pilsētas simboliem ir melns kaķis bez astes), kā arī aptur pa nakti pulksteņus, lai velti nedeldētu mehānismu.

Kopš projekta sākuma 2016. gadā Mērsragā jau ir notikušas dažādas aktivitātes, proti, informatīvi semināri, darba grupas, sacensības – skriešanas un nūjošanas sacensības piejūras pļavu teritorijā, braukšana ar laivām pa kanālu. Šā gada 28. maijā notiks sacensības riteņbraukšanā Engures ezera Dabas parka teritorijā.

“Sprinters” ir starptautisks Eiropas projekts, ko koordinē Kulleras pašvaldība Spānijā un ko finansē Eiropas Savienība un Erasmus +. Starpvalstu apvienība sastāv no institūcijām, aizsargājamo dabas teritoriju vadītājiem un dažādu Eiropas valstu sporta organizācijām Spānijā, Francijā, Latvijā, Bulgārijā, Itālijā.  Projekta mērķis ir attīstīt sportu dabas neskartajās teritorijās amatieru līmenī, piedāvājot skriešanu, nūjošanu, braukšanu ar kanoe laivām un riteņiem, tādējādi rūpējoties par savu fizisko sagatavotību un veselību un attīstot vietējo ekonomiku.

 

La ciudad búlgara de Gabrovo acogió el pasado fin de semana una nueva reunión de trabajo de los socios del proyecto europeo  denominado Sprinters, que coordina el Ayuntamiento de Cullera y  que está financiado por la Unión Europea y el programa Erasmus+.

En este encuentro, los socios del proyecto Sprinters debatieron sobre la gestión del deporte en áreas naturales protegidas y los resultados de la Universidad de Valencia como socio científico. Asimismo, se procedió a fijar las fechas en las que se celebrará uno de los ítems deportivos más destacados del proyecto, las Olimpiadas, que tendrán lugar en la isla de Ponza (Italia) del 1 al 6 de octubre.

También se acordó que en esta celebración deportiva podrán participar 12 deportistas de cada uno de los países que forman parte de este proyecto (España, Letonia, Bulgaria, Francia y Bulgaria) y que las Olimpiadas serán mixtas (hombres y mujeres), sin límite de edad, pudiendo participar cada país en las modalidades que considere oportunas: marcha nórdica, bicicleta de montaña, running y canoeing.

Sprinters es un proyecto transnacional europeo coordinado por el ayuntamiento de Cullera y compuesto además por el ayuntamiento de Ponza (Italia), el ayuntamiento de Mersrags (Letonia), el European Center of Innovation, Education, Science and Culture (Bulgaria), la Polisportiva Dilettantistica Ponza (Italy) y Gipacor y que cuenta con la participación de la Universidad de Valencia (España) como socio científico.

 

Sprinters partner: The European Center for Innovation, Education, Science and Culture of Gabrovo (Bulgaria)

The European Center for Innovation, Education, Science and Culture (ECIESC) is a Bulgarian public benefit foundation placed in Gabrovo. It conducts informative campaigns and seminars, trainings and conferences in order to improve the knowledge and create the best conditions for the development and success of young people in finding innovative solutions. Moreover, the center wants to encourage the professional development of disadvantaged people by facilitating social integration as well as personal and professional development.

Gabrovo

ECIESC work with young people aged between 16 and 30 years to develop their responsibility, teamwork, communication skills, striving for personal and professional development by promoting and participating in activities related with social and cultural life.

It aims to encourage the personal and professional development of young people in both, marketing and advertising areas. Furthermore, It wants to promote the development of personal and profesional abilities. The European Center is MoveWeek coordinator for Gabrovo district.

Its training center is supported by education teachers from local schools with modern knowledge in sports psychology, anatomy, physiology and sports hygiene.

 

Sprinters natural spaces: Central Balkan National Park and Bulkarka

The Central Balkan National Park is placed in the heart of Bulgaria and has the highest portions of the Balkan Range. It was established in 1991 to protect, for the benefits of society, the singular nature of the Central Stara Planina Range and related traditions and livelihood.

The natural park “Bulgarka” contains unique wildlife and ecological systems . It is situated on the northern slopes and ridges of both Shipchenska and Trevnenska mountains covering an area of 22000 hectares.

 

The main objective is the preservation, reestablishment and maintenance of natural beech and the springs of the Yantra river in its upper part. 80% of the park area is covered with forests and 75% of them are beech forests.

Conservation management needs to be planned and sustained along the year, through the control and monitoring of human activities and biodiversity. Footpaths are not clean for all – trampling signs, rubbish left behind or blown around and fire remains from barbecues indicate that a further effort toward monitoring and enforcement by wardens is required. Recreational activities should be carried out only under strict management plans. In this context, an urgent action is required to avoid the complete degradation of the natural and coastal environment.

The most popular sports in the area are: mountain bike, climbing, sport orienting and street workout.