SEVERAL big names from the world of Spanish football have thrown their weight behind a fund-raising scheme to repair a sports centre wrecked by the recent storms.
Engineers have valued that damages caused to Benferri’s football pitch, sports centre and pavilion at €1 million after strong winds, torrential downpours and flooding swept the region.
These have left the facilities unusable so that the 215 children using the sports grounds are having to travel to neighbouring municipalities in the Vega Baja to train and play.
Now Benferri Football Club in collaboration with the local town hall has organised the First Congress of Base Football Vega Baja (Congreso de Futbol Base Vega Baja) to raise cash for repairs.
It will take place on October 7 and will feature ex-football player Rufete, the former president of Valencia CF, Amadeo Salvo, and Spanish international Silvia Lloris. The registration fee for the congress is €10.
The mayor, Luis Vicente Mateo, explained that the sports facilities have been razed and that the town council is already working on repairs.
He said: “Sport gives life to people and this life that we had before in Benferri we have to recover.”
The Benferri Football Club has put on sale a ‘solidarity t-shirt’. It features a heart with the slogan ‘Fuerza Vega Baja’ and the 27 names of the municipalities of the region.
It can be bought via the Facebook page of Benferri CF and through email firstname.lastname@example.org and costs €25 with all oriceeds going to repair the facilities.