Footgolf’s coming home!

Costa Adeje hosts the Spanish Open this weekend

Maikel Álvarez, hoping to become Spanish Open Footgolf Champ

Tenerife footgolf player Maikel Álvarez, is hoping to be proclaimed Spanish champion this weekend in the Spanish Open which is taking place here in Adeje this weekend!

The game, where a player attempts to kick a football into a 21” cup in as few shots as possible, is a growing sport. According to Zeben Díaz, vicepresident of the Canarian Footgolf federation,  the Adeje Cup is taking place in the run-up to the World Cup being held in Marrakesh. The Adeje Cup “is two tournaments in one, as it’s both an international stage and the Spanish Open”.

The Tenerife player Maikel Álverez is currently second in the world rankings but hopes to claim top spot this weekend. The competition is on October 12th, 13th and 14th in the Los Lagos Golf in Costa Adeje and broadcast live via social media. 130 players are expected to take part, with the a €7,000 purse for the winners. Among the particpants are top players Ben Clarke, Nico García and Jamie Cullum.


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Adeje celebrates the end of the sporting year!


This year over 1,700 Adeje residents took part in some form of organised sports

In recent days the Adeje department of sports has been involved in a number of team events marking the end of the sporting season. Various individual athletes have also been invited and congratulated on a successful sporting year. Overall during the year over 1,700 Adeje residents have taken part in some organised sporting activity in one of more of 17 modules, and many of them took part in the closing ceremony held in the municipal sports ground last week.

The Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera underlined the importance the local council place on sporting activity. “Sport is important and something we all should enjoy but we also have to make sure that studies are just as important in our children’s lives, so that they make have the best chance possible in the future. Success in sport depends on many factors and we are not here to see our kids become superstars, though that can happen, but it’s not the main objective. I would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts and dedication”.

During the closing ceremony the different participating groups gave small demonstrations of what they had learnt during the year. The councillor told all those assembled “this is a special afternoon as we can see the results of weeks and months of work. I am so proud of everyone, as most importantly we can see the enjoyment they have in their chosen sport. Furthermore, Adeje is a borough known for its fair play, ‘outside and inside’, and I congratulate you for that too”.

During the week the council also named and congratulated the many Adeje athletes who have had individual and team success during the season.




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Sports for all in Adeje

There is a full sporting agenda in place for the coming months. “From May to August sports is a major part of the local offer, offering fun, leisure and healthy options,” says sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, adding, “we have always supported sport as a tool for social involvements and to that end we also invest a lot of resources in improving our sports base and the youth teams that we have in Adeje, and the results are already very positive and of direct benefit to Adeje and our sports women and men. We have an ample range of sporting installations and will continue to work to offer our sports’ fans the best and encourage Adeje sports to travel far and wide”.

Among the headline events is the Adeje Rally taking place this week, an event that is also a classification event for the Spanish championships, and this year the rally is also listed as a pre-inspection event for inclusion in the future in the European trophy competition. The event takes place around the borough on May 11th and 12th.

This month there is also a number of important basketball events in the Tijoco and Las Torres sports pavilions, and over the last weekend in May the borough hosts both the II Martial Arts Adeje Open and the Canarian Youth Volleyball championships.

In June the Tenerife Blue Trail comes to Adeje for the first time, leaving from the Playa Fañabe taking the maritime trail to La Caleta, up to the town along the Calle Grande, and over through the Boca del Paso, la Quinta, Ifonche to Vilaflor, arriving to Puerto de la Cruz. More information on

And the month of June closes with the family day celebrating the end of the sporting term on June 20th and International Yoga Day on June 24th in El Galeon.

July will see a series of summer camps in Adeje, in basketball, goalkeeping, football, and the Adeje Youth Football tournament on August.


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Rinder and Mohino are the Adeje athletes of the year


Other winners were Aguilas Atlético, the borough’s football school, José Antonio Santana, CB Canarias and businessman Roberto Konrad

The III Adeje Sports Gala paid homage to the best sports women and men in the borough in 2016 with Alexandra Rinder, second in the world in bodyboarding, and Juan Carlos Mohino, Judo veteran world sub champion named as the borough’s athletes of the year. The awards were presented by councillors Epifanio Díaz and Adolfo Alonso.

The gala event opened with a hip hop performance from ‘Real Strong Crew’ and a promotional tourism video for Adeje, in which sport featured extensively. The night saw gospel singer Latonius perform and the municipal schools of rhythmic gymnastics also took to the stage.

Many of the borough’s other athletes and teams were also presented with awards for sporting service in 2016. Aguilas Atlético won the award for sporting prowess, the Capoeira Camuguere team for sport and social harmony, the Adeje School of football for clean play and the basketball side CD Canarias for best team.

Cabildo sports councillor Cristo Pérez, ex basketball player Juan Méndez, the beach volley Olympians Sixto Jiménez, Adrián Gavira and Pablo Herrera and swimmer José Antonio Santana also received awards. Businessman Roberto Konrad was named sports entrepreneur of the year, and artistic skater (twice world champion and five times European champion) Alejandro Fernández was also given special recognition. Eva Puzenko was the borough’s youngest athlete of the year.

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Alina puts them through their paces

Rhythmic gymnastics World Champion gives master class in Adeje

The Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastics champion Alina Maksymenko has been giving a series of master classes to young athletes here in Adeje. The visit was made possible by the Club Tenesay and the Adeje sports department.

Over 100 athletes of the sport in Tenerife travelled to the El Galeón sports centre in Adeje to take advantage of this opportunity to train with one of the world’s best in the discipline. Speaking to press after the first morning’s work, Alina Maksymenko said she was delighted to be in Adeje, “it’s my first time here and I am really enjoying it. All of the gymnasts here will learn a lot of new techniques and we will help them in their sporting development and to improve as athletes”.



Adeje sport’s councillor Adolfo Alonso, thanked Alina for her time and dedication. “We are privileged to have an athlete of this standing here with us”, he said also praising the initiative of the local rhythmic gymnastics club Tenesay for inviting her to train in Adeje, and their on-going commitment to sport in Adeje, “making this one of the most popular sports in the borough”, he said.


Sports & music weekend mix

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Concerts, family Olympics, fun and leisure activities and lots of prizes throughout the weekend

This weekend Adeje council has organised Adeje Sport Music, a diverse two-day event on Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th.
One of the headline events will be the family Olympics where teams of four, adults and children, will take on a series of challenges on Saturday, starting at 10am. Top prize is a weekend (half board) in the Warner Park in Madrid, courtesy of Halcon Viajes, as well as more some amazing prizes for the winning teams.

There is a huge range of events and open sporting activities taking place over the two days, among them a Rio challenge, with participants on linked exercise bikes hoping to clock up, between them, the 6,345 kilometres that separate Adeje and Rio de Janeiro, where the summer Olympics will be held next year. The bicycles will be in the Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development (CDTCA) with a kilometre counter linking all the machines.

Events kick off on Friday with a sports fair in the CDTCA followed the traditional Adeje school of music and dance Spring concert which will feature, among others, a performance by Roxy Rosario, who is currently appearing on La Voz (The Voice, Telecinco). This will be only a part of the 12 hours of sporting events taking place in both the CDTCA and surrounds, with spinning, Tai chi, yoga, games, health-related workshops, zumba, as well as bouncy castles for kids, etc.

The day draws to a close with a series of performances from the borough’s groups including the Tenerife Tigers, the EMMA dancers, the Capeoira Camugeré, the Hindu society and the Romanian Association followed by a prize giving ceremony.
Friday April 17

17:00h a 20:30h Sports Fair with company stands. CDTCA.

18:30h. Drug prevention workshop. CDTCA.

20:30h. Concert. CDTCA

Saturday April 18

09:00h a 10:00h. Master Classes inTai chi and Yoga. CDTCA.

09:00h a 10:00h. Register for Family Olympics. CDTCA.

10:00h a 13:00h. FAMILY OLYMPICS. Games zone, El Galeón

11:00h a 12:00h. Spinning Master Class Spinning. Avenida Palo Mayor

13:30h a 16:00h. Break.

17:00h. Health eating workshop. CDTCA.

16:00h a 19:00h. Children’s workshops El Galeón sports pavilion.

17:00h a 20:00h. Bouncy castles. Football grounds.

18:00h a 19:00h. Spinning Master Class. Avenida Palo Mayor.

19:00h a 20:30h. Zumba Master Class, El Galeón Sports Pavilion.

20:00h a 21:00h. Performances by dance groups on stage in the grounds of the CDTCA Traditional Russian, Tenerife Tigers, EMMA Dance troupe, Capoeira Camugeré collective, Hindu Community, Romanian Association, etc.

21:00h. Closing ceremony and prize giving).

Activities To Suit Everyone


Carreño Clemente: “the aim of sports tourism is to maintain the quality of the service”

Juan Antonio Carreño Clemente, expert in physical activities and sport and a professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, directed one of the Tourism and Sport courses during the Adeje Summer University, looking at the relationship between the two activities in the Canary Islands.

Carreño Clemente asked students to answer the question, “what is more natural – to go to a shopping centre or spend six hours in front of the television or go for a walk in the mountains or to a beach. Everything is relatively near in the Canary Islands, and one of the advantages we have is that to practise sport here we don’t have to travel 40 kilometres to do so. And given all the resources we have to hand right here, he told students “there are activities to suit everyone”.

Tenerife has, he pointed out, an important sporting culture and “the excellent weather conditions which attract people in the world of cycling, swimming and other sports. The short distances people have to travel between centres also means that someone can go from the sea to the mountain in just a few hours”, something practically impossible in other parts of Europe.

At the same time Carreño Clemente explained that these kind of advantageous conditions allow a diversification of the tourist offer on the island.” He said the people who visit Tenerife tend to be “sun seekers, athletes, the elite and those in search of spiritual renewal, thus one can design both a sporting tourism product and one that is designed to offer escapism on holiday”.

However he added that “tourists are very sensitive to price and there needs to be a competitive offer”, while maintaining quality services”.



The Jewel in the Surfer’s Crown

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The president of the Canarian Surf Federation, Ángel Lobo, told press that “the La Caleta wave is the jewel in the Canarian crown for surfers”. He was speaking at a press conference to announce details of the V Bodyboard Championship round. The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga added that he would defend and protect that ‘jewel in the crown”. The local councillor for sport Adolfo Alonso Ferrera was also present, and spoke of the good working relationship the council have with the federation at sporting and training levels.

The V Bodyboard Championship will take place, weather depending, over the summer months, during July, August and September. This competition has a high star rating level and contributes to the final ranking of those taking part and is relevant to the national circuit in 2015.

The categories in La Caleta are the Open ‘singular’ in which the surfer stays lying down on the board throughout the ride, and the ‘drop knee’ category. In previous years over one hundred surfers have taken part and the organisers are expecting the same high level of participation this year. Local riders can also participate in parallel competitions. More information is available from the federation web page:

Ángel Lobo thanked the Adeje council for their support saying it was “another example of Adeje’s backing for sport in general, and for surf and bodyboard events in particular. Adeje is an ideal place to practise these sports due to its geographic location”, he added.

The mayor said he was at the conference to add his personal support to the event, and as mayor too, “we give added value to sports along our coast, not too surprising perhaps, given that we are a tourist destination bordered by the sea. It is also important for the local population as it contributes to their health and well being”.

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Both Ángel Lobo and Adolfo Alonso stressed the fact that there was a very high level of Canarians doing well on the world stage in this sport. “There is no where else in the world that has such a high number of top class representatives in the sport – between 20 and 25 people from the Canaries. Perhaps its doesn’t have the kind of international recognition it should due to a lack of sponsors, but when international events take place here it is Canarians who are on the winning podium”. The sports councillor added that, for his part, he wanted to mention the two local surfers who were world class, “Diego Cabrera y Alexandra Rinder”.

Finally the mayor used the occasion to remind people of the high returns from investing in people in the sporting, cultural or social arenas. “This council group will continue to support and design these kind of initiatives even if new laws attempt to restrict us doing so, because we know that they have directly benefit the quality of life and well being of our residents”.

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Adeje signs agreement with CD Tenerife



This is part of an overall plan to develop football activities in the borough

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the president of C. D Tenerife, Miguel Concepción Cáceres, signed a covenant on Tuesday June 24th to develop a series of sporting initiatives in the world of football in Adeje,

The agreement will complement other joint projects and together form the basis for a number of activities within the sport starting in the 2014-2015 season.

Commenting on the agreement the mayor said, “this is an important agreement which serves to regularise the relationship between CD Tenerife and the council. It’s not new – we have had a joint history with the club, which has brought positive results. This agreement will now work to help football clubs at basic levels and of course those who play.”

He continued, “here in the council we will continue to work for the sport, which we recognise as the backbone of co-existence too, and of personal development and the community.”

CD Tenerife president Miguel Concepción Cáceres said that through this agreement they could “bring the club closer to the other parts of Tenerife (outside the capital) which is vitally important and with this kind of agreement we can work with those starting out in the sport”. He added that he was sure in a very few years the club would be welcoming “with open arms” many young players who had come through what he described as Adeje’s excellent football school.

The primary objective of the new agreement will be to coordinate the work of the local administration and the club through training programmes and the promotion of football activities within the different categories that are taught by the Adeje Municipal School of Football.

At the same time the agreement will serve to assist in the promotion of players in Adeje, as well publicising the activities of the CD Tenerife side in the town through different activities, and sporting events, workshops, training days, sports campus, etc. The agreement also allows the use of the corporate image of both parties as well as sporting installations and municipal zones needed for the development of training and assessment activities in the sport.

To facilitate the evolution of different activities both parties may also seek funding, grants and assistance from third parties, private and/or public.

To guarantee the legality and transparency of this agreement, a joint commission has been established to oversee the projects and programmes that will be part of the agreement and make sure the right structures are in place to meet the requirements of the agreement.