THIS WEEK, representatives from The European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES Europe) visited La Nucia, following the municipality’s application to be crowned ‘Best European Town of Sport of All Time’.
The European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES Europe) is a non-profit federation based in Brussels which has granted the awards of European Capital, City, Community and Town of Sport every year since 2001.
These awards are given for a period of one calendar year.
La Nucia, already recognised as a ‘European Town of Sport’ in 2013, is up against 34 other towns in countries such as Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland and Italy.
The ACES Europe representatives assessed the work La Nucia has done to promote its sport offering.
In addition to visiting the 250,000-square metre Ciutat Esportiva Camilo Cano, they went to see the Auditori, the Centre Cultural de la Mediterrania, the Parque de Aventura, the Red de Senderos and the Centro Educativo Medioambiental del Captivador.
La Nucia has become a benchmark municipality for healthy living, especially amongst children – with 83 per cent of its school students practising at least one type of sport.
The national average is 65 per cent.
General Secretary of ACES Europe Hugo Alonso praised La Nucia for its vision in linking sport with health and continued to say that “investing in sport is investing in health – one euro invested in sport saves 15 euros in healthcare costs.”
The General Secretary also commended La Nucia for recognising sport as an economic engine of society and continued to say that “today 3 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product of the European Union is generated through sport and 3.5 per cent of employment is also generated through sport in Europe.”
The municipality will find out whether it has won ‘Best European Town of Sport of All Time’ in the new year.
Ciutat Esportiva Camilo Cano: La Nucia’s 250,000 square metre sports facility
Photo credit La Nucia Ayuntamiento