THE District Athletic Association of Coimbra (ADAC) was distinguished last Saturday by Portuguese Athletics Federation (FPA) for having beaten the record of last season's subscribers.
ADAC was thus one of the district associations to receive "Certificates of Recognition"Of the FPA.
Last year, Coimbra had 1,036 subscribers, which makes this association "the 6th largest in Portugal", explained to DAIRY AS BEIRAS, David Soares, president of ADAC. "Every year we have been growing and we have been the associations, in percentage terms, that grew more last year. Seven years ago we were 13th at the national level, so it's remarkable, "said the leader.
The growth is very much due to the reception of the trail within the federation, which took place in 2015 and, at ADAC, represents "between 400 and 450 trail-only athletes." But, "there are a lot of trail people who practice road, cross-country, etc.," says David Soares.
However, the leader highlights a recent news as a hope for track athletics in Coimbra. "This announcement, which we expect to take place between the months of May and August [da requalificação da pista do Estádio Cidade de Coimbra] will certainly bring more people and new people to athletics, "he says.
"Athletics has to be done with younger people and we are convinced that we will be able to achieve more training with this added value. It should be noted that our clubs have been competing for 20 years in Coimbra, in the districts of Aveiro and Leiria, "says David Soares.
Two bronze certificates
In addition to ADAC itself, there were also two clubs in Coimbra distinguished with the bronze certificate, which attests to the registration of between 75 and 99 athletes. They were the CluVe – Veterans Athletics Club of Coimbra, and the Athletic School of Coimbra, both with 92 athletes affiliated.
You can consult the complete news in the printed edition of this Wednesday, December 5, of Diário As Beiras