On 29 May the City of the Arts and Sciences hosts Sports Day

May 24, 2005

The regional secretary for Events and Projects, Luis Lobón, accompanied by the regional sports secretary, David Serra, and the sports councillor from Valencia town council, Cristóbal Grau, today presented “Sports Day”. This will be held next Sunday, 29 May, at the City of the Arts and Science in a day of events that will include exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations of various sporting disciplines.  
On 29 May the City of the Arts and Sciences hosts Sports Day Luis Lobón explained that 2005 has been declared International Year of Sport and Physical Education by the United Nations, and that "for this reason the Valencian Generalitat, through the City of the Arts and Sciences, wishes to join this international initiative that aims to encourage the use of sport to promote education, health, social integration, personal achievement, development, and peace".

Likewise, the regional secretary for Events and Projects has assured that from the City of the Arts and Sciences "our aim has been to share a day of sport with all our visitors, a special day of participation and learning, free and open to all, in order to know better and to encourage the practice of sport, an activity that helps in short to improve our quality of life ".

Luis Lobón has declared that "again the cultural dissemination complex will be a meeting point for Valencia society and for all those who visit us and who wish to take part in a great festival of sport, of living together, and in short of education", and has acknowledged the support and the participation of all the entities and institutions who have collaborated in the organising of these activities.

For his part, the regional sports secretary, David Serra, has emphasised the bid of the Council for the promotion of sport “in an example of transverseness". At the same time he indicated that "once more the City of the Arts and Sciences has got it right with its contents, offering moreover a historic opportunity for thousands to see two Valencian drivers live who will be in the World Series this season". He was referring to Adrián Vallés and Felix Porteiro, who were present at the press conference and will give a demonstration next Sunday.
Likewise, the sports councillor of the Valencia Town Council, Cristóbal Grau, reminded us that the City of the Arts and Sciences has been linked with sports since its origins with the hosting of events such as the initial stage of the Tour of Spain, and stressed the importance of this initiative, as "through sport excellent values are shown such as the role of education". He also added that with the holding of this day devoted to sport, "next Sunday this magnificent work of Santiago Calatrava will become the best sports centre ".

Programme of activities
Next Sunday, 29 May, demonstrations of different sports will come together before the City of the Arts and Sciences and the Hemisfèric, thanks to the collaboration of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Valencia. The Paseo Sur of the Science Museum will house a human table football game and will host the demonstrations of capoeira, archery, skating, gymnastics, and canoeing courtesy of Kalahari on the museum lake. In addition to this, cycling, parachuting, and athletics workshops, among others, will be held.

Other activities proposed will take place on the play area that will be located on the Paseo de Arbotantes. Here in the presence of instructors the public can take part on two mini basketball courts created in collaboration with Pamesa Valencia, a Scalextric measuring some 5 by 3 metres of the Ricardo Tormo de Cheste Circuit, a mini tennis court in collaboration with the Valencia Tennis Federation, a shoot-out from Valencia Foortball Club, and a Valencian pelota session in collaboration with the Federation of this discipline. Also, thanks to the Spanish Organisation for the Blind (the ONCE), sessions of football and cycling adapted for the blind will be held.

Together with these proposals, at the Paseo Sur of the museum visitors can contemplate different photographic exhibitions and sporting material from mountaineering or fishing, a collection of rowing material, or the pilgrim route to Santiago by bicycle. Moreover, a tombola of sporting articles will be held in this area.

A rally car from the Fiat Punto Cup of the Polytechnic University of Valencia will also be exhibited on the Paseo Sur of the museum, together with the single-seater used by Fernando Alonso at the start of his career for training on the Cheste Circuit. Two Formula 2000 cars from the Cheste Circuit will give demonstrations along the Paseo Norte of the Hemisfèric, and two trucks also from the Circuit will demonstrate the work generally carried out in the pits area.

Likewise, the Auditorium of the Science Museum will host two round tables, which with the title “Sport Today" will debate on training through sport, technology, and training for sporting competition, sport for social integration, or institutional sponsorship.