The candidate for mayor, José Bernal, along with candidate number 2, Elena Benítez, presented this Thursday a complete sports programwith which they want to place this area as a “priority” in the management of the City Council and provide the municipality with the sports facilities “it deserves”.

Bernal has criticized the “absolute neglect” of the mayoress, Ángeles Muñozin this matter during 14 years of government and has recalled that at the end of this mandate there is the “clamorous circumstance that we have fewer sports facilities than in 2019” because the stadium is closed, as is the Serrano Lima pool, and the La Campana sports center has been dismantled.

“From the PSOE we are committed to the sport to take care of the health of our neighbors and also as an element to keep our young people away from harmful aspects such as drugs”, he pointed out.

He program is prepared by the sampedreña Elena Benítez, who was an elite athlete, Olympic champion in Barcelona 92, and an expert in sports management after spending 14 years at the Sant Cugat High Performance Center (Barcelona) and currently in charge of the Technical Department of the Spanish Taekwondo Federation.

The project focuses on the construction of facilities

The project focuses on the construction of sports facilities, due to the “pressing need” that the municipality has, with some of them being “priority”, with a strong commitment to grassroots sports, although it also plans to attract large sporting events to the municipality linked to tourism and the promotion of the image of Marbella. “It is a program for all citizens, for all athletes, whether they are professionals or not, for children, adults, for everyone”, he said.

Elena Benítez has detailed that they are considering “three large sports areas”, one in Marbella, another in Nueva Andalucía-San Pedro and the creation of a sports city that includes a football stadium.

He Marbella sports complex It includes 1,300 parking spaces, as well as a soccer field with sufficient capacity for competitions, an athletics track, paddle tennis courts and multi-purpose courts, and a two-story module with an Olympic-sized swimming pool (50 metres) and specialized rooms for different types of sports such as handball, futsal, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, boxing, bicyclefitness and bodybuilding.

He Nueva Andalucía-San Pedro Alcántara complex It includes 150 parking spaces plus an athletics track, paddle tennis and multi-purpose courts and a sports module with a 25-metre pool and specialized and multi-purpose rooms for different sports.

The PSOE candidate has also explained that her program includes the start-up of a sports city, which will include a football stadium, in a location that is included in the new urban approach that is being carried out.

For the financing of these projects He has said that collaboration is necessary between the different public institutions (City Hall, Provincial Council and Junta de Andalucía), as well as European funds.

Elena Benítez has also detailed the intention of sign agreements with schools and institutes to use its facilities during non-school hours, as well as promote municipal schools as a “pillar of grassroots sport”.

The PSOE program also includes a complete network of outdoor gymsopen the sporting activity to the sea and the mountains and provide the Finca de la Caridad de San Pedro with recreational-sports areas, compatible with use as a fairground.

The renovation and modernization of the current facilitiesas well as the support and sponsorship of athletes and clubs, improving the current model, are also part of this ambitious PSOE program with which Marbella, San Pedro and Nueva Andalucía “are going to build muscle”, the candidate concluded.

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