The sections of the Academic Association of Coimbra (AAC) have finally returned to the “home” they were promised. There have been no games yet, but there are already training sessions for four sports at the Jorge Anjinho Pavilion.
DIÁRIO AS BEIRAS was to try to understand how training spaces are managed and how the pavilion will be managed so as not to generate charges for students.
“The management of sports spaces is always done in a macro way. We don't just look at the pavilion, or just at Campo Santa Cruz, or just at the University Stadium ”, begins by explaining Miguel Franco, president of AAC's Sports Council (CD).
The official guarantees that there are several factors on the table, so that there is “fairness in terms of schedules, but also of costs”, since in any training space “there is a user-pays principle”. “As in the Estádio Universitário, or in Campo Santa Cruz, the prices charged to the sections are not the same as those practiced by a normal user. They are registered. They are a symbolic cost, which helps to maintain the space ”, clarifies Miguel Franco. What forces the CD / AAC to “find other creative ways to raise revenue to keep this infrastructure worthy”.
“The sections know that any space will always have a cost. And that the funds that the CD / AAC have belong to all sections. If we had to put money directly in the pavilion, we would also be taking money from the sections in any way ”, he stresses.
Trying to “capitalize” outside the training period
Miguel Franco assumes that what is charged to the sections for the use of the pavilion “is only a small part of the costs” involved in its management, so it is up to AAC “to try to capitalize the pavilion at other times, together with other entities that need spaces to teach sports classes, etc. ”.
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