The award was again awarded to the municipality of Albufeira
Albufeira again received, on the 23rd, the “Municipality of Sports Friend” award, given by APOGESD – Portuguese Sports Management Association and by the “Social City”, in recognition of good sports practices.
The initiative has the institutional support of the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport. The delivery ceremony took place in a restricted way, given the social constraints of the moment.
For the awarding of this award, several parameters were counted, such as: organization, sports planning and the economic dimension; existing sports facilities and organizations; physical activity, sports and training events; physical activity and sports programs; strategies and practices to promote ecological sustainability and energy efficiency; solidarity sports practices and the promotion of sports ethics and values; existing partnerships; the reality of sport and regular physical activity; compliance with legislation and the implementation of marketing, communication and innovation strategies.
The delivery took place in the President's Office, with the national responsible for the program, Pedro Mortágua Soares, the responsible for Sport in the Municipality, as well as the Director of the Department that manages this area.
The President of the Municipality greeted those present and thanked the recognition, referring that “sport is one of the great allies of our management of people on a daily basis. There are many young people playing sports, we have more than two dozen sports and we know that while they have fun and learn, they maintain physical, mental and emotional health ”.
José Carlos Rolo again emphasized the Municipality's commitment to an “active policy regarding sport in Albufeira, stressing that“ in addition to the financial contribution to clubs and associations, at around 600 thousand euros, we provide logistical and promotional support, we provide transportation fuel, as well as facilities for training and games. In addition to the Support Plan for Sports Associations (PAAD), the hosting of several international championships of different modalities, and see our Cross of Açoteias, which is already a historic brand, the Sports Gala and much more ".
It should be noted that alongside the events, Albufeira is equipped with several spaces, such as stadiums, swimming pools, tracks and others, for the various sports practices. Of the approximately 5000 athletes, among the 22 modalities existing in Albufeira, almost half are federated.
According to the national responsible for the program, Pedro Mortágua Soares, “this program is based on the assumption that sport and physical activity are factors for the development of the territory and for improving the quality of life of its population, and good practices should be recognized in the sense of sharing them, enhancing the regular practice of physical activity and Portuguese sports development ".