“Esporte Vida” project is developed in 25 centers in Campos

Several sports are offered to the public free of charge;

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Several sports modalities, developed regularly in as many centers as possible spread across the city, for people of all ages. This is how, in Campos, since October last year, Esporte Vida, a project conceived by Mayor Wladimir Garotinho when he was a federal deputy and made possible through a parliamentary amendment of his own, also rescued in the last year. The objective is simple:

“The idea is to rescue sport as an instrument for transforming life, promoting health, providing a socio-affective link between people and their community, physical, psychological, social and even economic development, if we consider the discovery and support of potential athletes. . All this depends on the democratization of access to these modalities and, therefore, we carry out Esporte Vida in the facilities of the Municipal Sports Foundation, such as the Olympic Villages, but there are also squares and sports courts, soccer fields, spaces for other secretariats, to put the program within the reach of people from 4 to 100 years of age throughout the municipality”, explains the general coordinator of the program, Leonardo Mantena.

There are already 25 centers working with capoeira, jiu-jitsu, futsal, footvolley, functional gymnastics, water aerobics, ballet and much more, benefiting 7,170 people. Esporte Vida also rescued extreme sports, such as skateboarding and surfing, and encourages the creation of schools, such as the one in Altinha, created voluntarily in Farol de São Tomé by athletes Yuri Ribeiro and Heitor Souza, after the modality tournament that ended the summer schedule at the camper beach. The idea of ​​young people was embraced by Esporte Vida and there is already a proposal to extend the school to other centers, also in the city.

Yuri, 23 years old, resident of Vila dos Pescadores, discovered Altinha, a sport that emerged on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and has already become an intangible heritage in Rio de Janeiro, amid unemployment and depression, now of age.

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“I was working as a motorcycle courier and I ended up not wanting to leave the house. One day, I saw my brother-in-law playing on the beach, I started playing with him and I recognized a way of improving my life. I started running early, breaking challenges that Altinha demanded. I discovered Altinha after I was 18 years old and a lot has changed in my life. My team won a championship in Grussaí and, this year, in the Farol tournament, we were champions in both modalities. The children saw us training and asked to play too. So, we thought about the school. Farol was abandoned, there was no sport for children. My dream is not to see children going through what I went through, wanting to practice some sport and not having the financial means. City Hall is now breaking this, giving these children the chance to believe in a better tomorrow”, said Yuri, who is part of the team with players Heitor, Gabriel and Nathalia Mothé, in the mixed category.

The quartet is dedicated to the little school that initially serves 30 children in Farol, but which will be expanded and held at different points and times on the waterfront. Heitor, from Parque Rosário, presented to the coordinator of Esporte Vida the proposal to carry out Altinha, typically on the beach, with sand, also in the Street modality, on courts.

“We understood that it is an opportunity for children. In Farol, in addition to the foundation work, they also do environmental awareness work. We have several Sport Life activities at Casa de Esportes de Farol and we can reach more people with this sport that basically needs a ball, also in the Aldeia do Sol area. We already have players living from Altinha, which has attracted more and more fans and offers the chance for social inclusion, for discovering talent. They planted the seed in Farol and are getting organized. The relationship they have as athletes they channeled into teaching children. This is doing good for Farol”, concluded Mantena.

Altinha is considered a sport in Rio de Janeiro, declared intangible heritage of the city. Democratic, it can be practiced by people of all ages. Today, in competitions, it requires four players, with at least one woman. The objective is not to let the ball fall to the ground, to always keep it high, and for that only the hands are prohibited, using all kinds of juggling, which count, count points and draw exclamations from the spectators.

Source: SubCom/PMCG

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