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.

 

The Sport Economy and Sustainable Development Ponza

The event, Sport Economy and Sustainable Development, was held yesterday in Ponza. A beautiful day with excellent weather conditions that began with a conference, offered to students, dedicated to the economy of sport and sustainable development.

Once at the conference, Salvatore Scotti and Stefano Aprea, students from the island, presented two speeches about the development of the territory through the discipline of trekking in Ponza and the potential of the triathlon in tourism.

Luigi Pellegrini, who is managing the Erasmus Sprinters Project on the island and is the delegated to the European cooperation for the Municipality of Ponza, said regarding the speeches “this type of tourism represents 10% of the world tourism industry”.

The event ended as planned with the bike ride around the island of Ponza where not only enjoyed the participants the beautiful landscapes that the island offers but also delighted with a marvelous day of sport, healthy life and respect for the environment that are some of the main values of Sprinters.

 

Biking from Europe on the island of Ponza is postponed

Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions, we have to inform you that the event “Biking from Europe on the island of Ponza” which was scheduled on 24th March is postponed due to causes linked to the marine weather conditions.

The partners of Ponza have already share a new date, Monday 23 April 2018, where they finish their first phase of the program.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we will share the updated program shortly.

 

April 21st, 2018: Biking from Europe on the island of Ponza

A day to be enjoyed by bike through the paths of the wonderful island of Ponza, a message open to all citizens and students who will live a moment of training and sport on that day.

PROGRAM OF THE DAY:

11 am- Presentation of the students of the IP C.Pisacane, at the former CONSULAR HALL OF MUSEUM, via parade.

1.00 pm – Buffet / Refreshment, a small gathering moment open only to the participants of the Competition and to students of I.T.T C.Pisacane.

2.00 pm BIKING FOR EUROPE Non Competitive Race, a beautiful bike ride that crosses the island’s panoramic road, with departure and arrival at the Bourbon Harbor. The participants will receive the free Bib of the event, registering and leaving their data during the presentation of the papers and the buffet, or by sending an email to dirigenza@polisportivaponza.it, leaving (name, surname, email and age).

The event is organized in partnership with the Municipality of Ponza, in the person of its representative Luigi Pellegrini.

 

On March 24 the third Sprinters conference in Ponza will be held: The Economics of Sport and Sustainable Development

The Sprinters project together with the municipality of Ponza and the Polisportiva Dilettantistica Ponza will promote a conference called “The economics of sport and sustainable development” on the island. All students of the Middle School and the Institute of Tourism are invited to participate.

The students will be able to participate in several activities such as designing about the topic of sports and environment or an speaking about the main topic.

The day will begin at 11:00 of the morning when all the activities will start. At 13:00 a buffet will be offered and finally at 14:30 the Giro Bike will start.

We hope that the participants of the island of Ponza enjoy a great day of sports and environment.

 

Sprinters partner: Polisportiva Dilettantistica Ponza

Polisportiva Dilettantistica Ponza is an Italian sporting association founded in 1985. The association is operating in the island through integrating both moral and sporting values to the entire social community.

The company intends to spread its values on the territory of “Education and Fun”, involving as much as possible alongside families in the different role of educators.

The association is pretty much involved in the economic and cultural development of its territory through sports and will host the following two sport activities:

1º Sport as a system for an integrated and social development of tourism.
2º Non competitive race of rowing and canoeing

The events have received the contribution of CONI, KICK and the municipality of Ponza.

 

Sprinters natural spaces: Pontine Islands

The Pontine islands identify a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It extends around 12 square kilometers and has a combined population of about 5,000 inhabitants. The archipelago include six main islands: Ponza, Palmarola, Zannone, Gavi, Ventotene, Santo Stefano. This portion of territory is the result of a fruitful relationship between natural, cultural and landscape, recognized nationally and internationally.

It is a land of great attractiveness that in last years has worked on several socio-economic aspects encouraged and conducted by local actors. The flora, fauna, sea or land are protected through a system that imposes restrictions on use and access into several areas of the territory.

The protected area contains three areas with different protections. The innermost is the integral reserve, which coincides with the most biologically intact area. Thus, it needs more defense. Restrictions on the use and abuse of natural spaces are not only a burden to the inhabitants of the area but also guarantee their better  government and increase the benefits of fishing.

Every year, on the island of Ponza several sporting events are organized that integrate tourism and social development. It is worth to stand out the “Giroponza”, which is a non-competitive boat and canoe amateur race, or  “Giro podistico Isola di Ponza”, a jogging tour and the “Settimana Velica Ponziana”, an event with inshore racing.