Sports for all in Adeje


Alexander Rinder and Maikel Álvarez Morales named Adeje’s top athletes

On the evening of Friday February 22nd, the Adeje Cultural Centre’s theatre was the centre of the local sporting universe with the awarding of prizes for the borough’s top sports people – Alexander Rinder and Maikel Álvarez Morales. Rinder, who is just 20 years old, has already been World Champion twice, runner up twice, one third place and three European titles in bodyboarding. In 2018 she was second in the world.

In men’s sports the winner was Maikel Álvarez Morales, a footballer who is currently playing in the Second Division B and has also played in most of the clubs in the south of Tenerife. But his current recognition is in the world of Footgolf, a discipline in which he is the Spanish champion and represented Spain in the world championships last December in Morocco.

Adeje’s mayor, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga said, “Tonight we have celebrated our commitment to sports as one of the backbones of our society. Behind tonight’s awards is a firm belief in the project we began in recent years in sport, and there are many people working to make this a reality.”

The mayor stressed that “the work that our sportspeople are putting in is bearing fruit and together we are moving towards a society that is more healthy, happier and more solidified as a community thanks to theses fundamental pillars that practising sport builds.” He added that under the Adeje is Sport slogan more than 40 different kinds of sport were supported by the council “as part of a cross-departmental belief in giving people space to develop, space for personal evolution and space to aid people’s contribution to making our world a better place.”

During the awards ceremony there were other accolades and awards, including that for ‘Overcoming adversity’ which was given to Manuel Basilisco and Gonzalo Techera, athletes who have broken barriers and demonstrated that commitment and constant dedication are the keys to success, each athlete being an excellent reflection of the sporting values of Adeje, which is transmitted to all the children of the borough, regardless of physical capabilities.

The prize for fair play was given to Ruben Oswald Schaffer, the yoga professor from the ‘Ocio y Tiempo Libre’ campaign, who has taught this particular discipline over the last 20 years. The borough’s youngest and oldest registered athletes were also recognised – Chloe Linares Ramos, who is 3 and Margarita Herrera Rodriguez, who at 79 still practises gymnastics to keep herself active and healthy.

The Adeje Sports Gala honoured Martín Fiz with an honorary prize. Fiz is a national and international athlete as well as the winner of the Prince of Asturias sporting prize in 1997, with the Spanish marathon team. He was the European champion (Helsinki 1994) World Champion (Goteborg 1995, Athens 1997) and named Spanish athlete of the year in 1995. Since 2018 he is the first athlete in the world to win, in the veteran’s category, the six most important marathons in the world, the World Marathon Majors.

The prize for Event of the Year went to the Rallye Villa de Adeje which celebrates 29 years in existence this year and has become an excellent showcase for the borough nationally and internationally. Companies and businesses who have worked to promote sport locally were also named, Feeling Comunicación, who also won the Professional Excellence title EXPOVIDA, AND THE Limpiezas Domínguez.

The award for social contribution in sport went to the Alma Rie project, which encourages deep sea diving for individuals with physical challenges. 40 young sports persons starting out on the sporting career were also recognised.

Other notable mentions were Pino Placencia Casanova, who climbed Kilimanjaro, as well as mountains in Nepal and Argentina, and Cristina Lorenzo Ibañez and Alberto Rodolfo Moreno, locally-based long distance swimmers.




Spain’s top sporting journalist to give summer university inaugural address


Paloma del Río Cañadas, one of the best known faces and voices in television sport’s coverage in Spain, will give the Adeje Summer University (UVA) inaugural address on July 20th at 12 noon in the Adeje Convento. The event will be attended by local and University of La Laguna authorities, business and official representatives and is also open to the public. The title of her talk will be (translated) ‘Media coverage of women in sport and their invisibility’.

She studied information sciences at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and graduated in 1989. Today she is the official coordinator of sponsorship and sporting federations for RTVE, Spain’s national television station. She has also held the position of director of sports programme and chief sports reporter. Her voice is one of the most widely recognised in sports reporting nationally, and she has covered national and international competitions and 14 Olympic Games (Winter and Summer).

Paloma del Río has received numerous awards for her work, and is also a novelist in her own right. She is currently working on a book on the role of women in sport.

As well as delivering the inaugural address the sports presenter will also give a workshop as part of the UVA on (translated) ‘Sports journalism: stories of innovation and learning’, which will be on July 23rd at 12 noon, looking at the evolution of sport’s journalism. Registration for the course is still open,

Sports take over in May!


May is a very sporting month in Adeje this year, with events in a variety of disciplines taking place every weekend, free and open to the public.

The borough has already seen the top European wheelchair basketball teams compete in the European Champions cup last week in the Las Torres pavilion, with the Club Deportivo Ilunion de Madrid beating Italian side Briantea Cantú in the final, in front of hundreds of fans. The same sports centre also hosted the Spanish national badminton championships the previous Monday. For gymnasts there was the Cabildo de Tenerife games too, organised here by the Costa Adeje international school in collaboration with the Adeje council and the Tenerife Gymnastic federation.

“It’s no coincidence that all of these sporting events are taking place in Adeje”, said Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, sports councillor. “One of the ideal ways of encouraging young people to practise sports in Adeje is to show them and invite them to watch national and international competitions here in the borough, giving them extra motivation. It is also, in parallel, an excellent additional attraction for our visitors and tourists”.

This weekend (May 12th and 13th) the roads will be taken over by the Adeje Rally, part of the national rallying competition, which will be run throughout the borough, with the final presentations in the Plaza de España in the town on Saturday.

On Saturday May 20th open sea swimmers compete in the annual sea swim, Travesía a Nado Costa Adeje, “with an increasing number of athletes from overseas taking part, this is an event that is now considered one of the top swims in Tenerife”, says the sports councillor. And on the weekend of May 27th and 28th there will be a European Fitness championship taking place in Siam mall with over 150 participants from many different countries taking part. .,

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Home-grown talent takes centre stage!

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Adeje’s sports department today unveiled their 2017 campaign, an official sports album with over 1,300 stickers to be collected, swapped, and pasted. And the stars of the album? Everyone who is part of a team, club or sporting association in the borough of Adeje.

According to the borough’s sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera “there are no stickers of Messi or Ronaldo, the stars are the children from all of our clubs and associations in Adeje. The kids who live in your building, in your neighbourhood.”

The campaign organisers say that the fun that the children, their parents, siblings and friends will have in swapping stickers in school yards and at sporting centres etc will encourage personal relations between people in the borough and help promote the many diverse sports that are played in Adeje. The campaign has been building interest with a series of billboards announcing the start of something special, and even the children who were being photographed for the album had no idea what the photographs were really for.

The campaign will kick off later this month before the Adeje Sports Gala on February 24th when young athletes are invited to the Las Torres pavilion at 5pm on that day to receive an sticker album and two packets of cards, each with 15 stickers in them. From then on albums and packets will be on sale in a number of different outlets throughout the borough, bookshops, sports canteens, and Shell in Los Olivos, one of the main sponsors of the campaign. Ascan Torrabonaf, the company that is hired to collect the borough’s rubbish, is another main sponsor and is running a recycling campaign in parallel, and Halcón Viajes is also sponsoring the campaign. Each packet (€0.50) will have 15 stickers, with, say the organisers, approximately 1,800,000 stickers in circulation over the coming months.

In one of the biggest campaigns of its kind nationally and “pioneering” according to Cromo Club, the company who have produced the stickers. There will be over 1,300 numbered, named stickers to collect and the album will be colour coded according to sports, sporting centres, etc. There will be 250,000 packs of stickers on sale in Adeje and prizes for the first three to fill their albums. First prize will be a trip to Madrid for 4 persons, second prize a trip to La Gomera with a Samsung tablet for the third person to present a completed album. There will also be a series of draws throughout the duration of the campaign until the end of April.

The campaign has taken many months to organise with over 50 sports represented in the borough, with up to 100 clubs. “The multi-cultural make up of Adeje is represented in our sports clubs”, added Alonso Ferrera. “In Adeje you can play rugby, cricket, baseball, as well as football, practise gymnastics, etc”.

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Girl power in Adeje



The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga recently hosted a special reception to greet and congratulate some of the borough’s younger athletes on recent successes, including Alexandra Rinder, Paula Otero and the Tenesay rhythmic gymnastics club and local junior footballers.

Alexendra Rinder was second in the most recent bodyboarding world championships, Paula Otero Fernández is the trainer of the Adeje municipal football school, Tenesay were the runners up in the Spanish nationals in rhythmic gymnastics junior category, and the Costa Adeje women’s football club recently won promotion to the second division.

In what participants described as an emotional event, the mayor along with the sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera met the sporting stars. The mayor spoke of the huge pride the town had in their sporting girls and boys, “who have helped promote Adeje”.


He added that as well as the sporting achievements of the players, the work done by Paula

Otero to promote fair play in the borough was hugely important. Recently this trainer had overseen a game in which her team were much stronger than their young rivals and were shown that it was more important to play the game than score too many goals (which they could have achieved with relative ease).

During the reception he commented that for the council “assisting and funding municipal sports is something we have seen as important over the years. For us this isn’t money spent but money invested in education, in values and in promoting a healthy lifestyle, all of which will bear fruit in the future”.

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And the Adeje sporting story continues – just a few days after the above event the local ‘sensei, who is in charge of the Adeje Judo School, was runner up in the world judo championships, veterans category.

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Liverpool victorious in 10th anniversary tournament

The Liverpool side took home the main trophy in the 10th Veterans 7’s Football tournament, organised by Soccer Experience in collaboration with the Adeje department of Sports, held annually in the Las Torres Pavilion.

The winning Liverpool side

The winning Liverpool side

This tournament brings together local veteran teams with ex-professionals from the Spanish, English, Scottish and Irish leagues. Run over two days with two trophies to be won, over 50 matches were played, each of 15 minutes duration. For this first time two there was a junior league, with up to 100 children, girls and boys, aged 8 – 16 taking part.
The tournament is organised annually by Martin Tierney, himself an ex-international and this year he received a special award from the Adeje Council thanking him for 10 years of the tournament which works to bring so many people together through sport in the borough.

Martin Tierney receving a special award from Adeje councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera

Martin Tierney receving a special award from Adeje councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera

This year the winners of the plate were Daniel’s Café, runners up Romania. Special mention has to go to the Romanian goalkeeper who broke his arm during the final (but did win Goalkeeper of the tournament) and the Glasgow Bhoys goalie who stepped in to replace him. A true example of fair play.


Daniel's Cafe and Romania with their trophies

Daniel’s Cafe and Romania with their trophies

The main final saw Tierney’s Soccer Experience all-stars against a dogged Liverpool side, with the latter victorious in the end. But this really is a case of win, win, win. And the fine example that is set for all the younger players who were there is that, in reality, participation is what matters.


Sport’s councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera was on hand to present the cups and the special Adeje award to Martin for his tireless work in the sport.

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).

Get Up, Get Out, Get Summer

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For the month of July young people in Adeje have a wealth of interesting ways to pass the time and get out of the house!
If you are aged 12 to 15 years of age you can take part in different sporting events under the El Puntito project, organised by the Adeje Casa de la Juventud/Youth Centre. Activities fall under a number of different categories – educational, recreational, language, workshops, excursions, courses in social networking, workshops in cooking, crafts, surfing, a camp in Buenavista del Norte, sailing school, and a visit to the marine classroom in El Puertito.
According to councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera the list of activities offers summer alternatives for the young people and a healthy and safe alternative, “with the safety and care of those taking part guaranteed”. He added, “the programme we have designed brings together various elements, not just recreational, as we understand that its also an ideal way to use the time to reinforce other tools, such as language”.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact the Adeje youth centre to find out more about the courses and costs and details of registration.
El programa a realizar es muy variado, desde el primer y hasta el último día, habrá diferentes alternativas a realizar: talleres de inglés, redes sociales, pulseras, cupcake, surf, recorrido por el casco histórico, campamento en Buenavista del Norte, excursión al Siam Park, escuela de vela en Playa San Juan, charla y visita al aula marina en El Puertito y a la playa La Pinta.

Adeje’s High Flyers

(l-r) Mika Díaz, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, Guillermo de Armas Estévez

(l-r) Mika Díaz, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, Guillermo de Armas Estévez

Between December 5th and 8th Adeje hosts the la 201 Spanish League/Adeje Paragliding Park FAI Open in Taucho.
The organisers are expecting more than 100 flyers, national and international. to take part, and at a press conference to launch the event the top Canarian glider, and Adeje resident Mika Díaz, said, “Adeje is one of the best places in the world to fly in winter. When you can’t fly anywhere else in the world, you can almost guarantee that in Adeje you can.” He invited everyone to come to Adeje on the days in question to enjoy some spectacular sights, with the sky full of gliders.
Guillermo de Armas Estévez from the Tenerife Federation of Paragliders explained that this competition would be the last opportunity this year for many competitors to improve their international ranking, one of the reasons many of the world’s top flyers would be here. He also explained that Adeje’s geographical make-up and characteristics mean that there are constant thermals that make it an ideal flying and training zone 365 days of the year.
Both men sought to reassure, particularly in the light of recent incidents, that this is a safe sports. “There are accidents as there are in any sporting discipline, but in many cases these happen as a result of people failing to properly inform themselves as to the particulars of the location before they fly. With that in mind we would also ask that anyone, tourist or residents, who wants to fly in Tenerife to get in contact with the federation or with one of the many paragliding clubs in the zone who will give them all the information they need before they fly”.
Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera was also present at the conference, and welcomed the continued recognition of Adeje as a top sports tourism zone.
The federation suggest that one of the best places to view the event and competition will be the La Enramada beach where the flyers will be landing on the afternoons in question having completed their flights. And with one hundred pilots taking part, it will indeed by visually spectacular.