The fishing area of Santander opens this Saturday. ‘Cruyff Court Ivan de la Peña’a new artificial turf pitch for public use promoted by the alliance between the Cruyff Foundation and the La Caiche Foundation as part of a social project in which they are committed to sport as a means of inclusion, cohesion and social transformation in urban areas.
Former footballers Ivan de la Peña and Carles Puyol open this Saturday Cruyff Court and many children went to the place who did not want to miss the moment or miss the opportunity to take a photo with them. Accompanied by their parents and other fans of the sport, they enjoyed the morning entertainment along with former Barça players.
East it is the eleventh of 13 Cruyff vessels that they plan to promote in the different provinces of Spain. these two foundations, and today it was opened by Ivan de la Peña, native of Santander, ambassador of the Cruyff Foundation; Carles Puyol, patron of the Foundation; Susila Cruyff, president of the organization; Alejandro Fernandez, Commercial Director of Education and Marketing at the La Caixa Foundation; and the mayor of Santander, Hema Igual, as well as students from Santander and residents of the area.
The City Council of Santander is also cooperating with this initiative through the Municipal Sports Institute (IMD) by providing facilities, being responsible for maintenance and participating in the organization of events. To this end, IMD signed an agreement with the Johan Cruyff Foundation for the implementation and joint development of this field, an investment of 135,390 euros paid by the foundation.
“I am very grateful that you have chosen Santander for this social project that will further increase Barrio Pesquero’s footballing pedigree and who knows if these facilities will become a playing field where future figures of the sport will make their first dribblings.” , emphasized the mayor, who thanked Ivan de la Peña for his work, commitment and participation in the realization of this installation, of which he will be the godfather.
“We are going to reach out to the children and youth of the Rybatsky district, including through observers chosen in the district itself, who will educate, help and organize the rest of the participants,” the adviser explained, promoting this. thanks to the established agreement, Each year, the course will host a local tournament and events targeting children of all abilities. Similarly, he appreciated the capacity and spirit of the hillsides in the surrounding area as a meeting place and space for coexistence for all and encouraged the neighbors to enjoy the installation.
As a token of gratitude to the neighbors who attended the event, the photos taken at the event will be posted over the next few days on the social networks of the Social Dynamization zone and will be available for download at https://www.facebook. com/santanderfestejos/.
Cruyff Courts are part of the Cruyff Foundation’s project as platforms for social change in the neighborhoods and consist of small, free-to-use football pitches where children and youth play sports, and where it is designed to convey values such as responsibility. , respect, participation and team play, as well as teaching healthy habits to avoid sedentary lifestyles and childhood obesity.
Given their function of social transformation, Cruyff’s courts seek to create synergies between social agents, be they administrations, sports clubs, companies or local businesses.
The goal is to restore the function of the old football fields as a meeting place for local children, where they share moments of coexistence and fun, as well as a space for learning and positive attitudes.
In December 2016, the first of the pitches was opened in Palencia by Eusebio Sacristan, a former FC Barcelona player. In Puerto de Santa Maria is the Court of Cruyff Joaquín Sánchez; in Leon, Cruyff Court Juan Carlos; in Fuenlabrada, the court of Cruyff Fernando Torres; Cruyff Court Palma with Mikel Angel Nadal; Cruyff Court Aritz Aduriz in Bilbao; Cruyff Court Foundation Iker Casillas in Ávila; the court of Cruyff Ander Herrera in Zaragoza; Court of Cruyff Carlos Soler in Valencia; and the court of Cruyff Raul González in Madrid.
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