The article here on the town hall website has details of the recent petanque competition in Almerimar.

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France takes the European Under-23 Petanque Championship and Spain gets the second position

In the women's category, the Gallic country returns to the first place on the podium, followed by Belgium and Spain in third place

In single youth, Monaco leads the championship by moving the French team to a second place. The Spaniards are placed in third position

This morning the French were the big winners in all categories of the Precision Shooting Championship

Over three days, 365 players from 21 countries have enjoyed this great sporting event, which has had Almerimar as its stage

The regidor ejidense has highlighted "the good development and the high level of the competition where great sportsmanship has prevailed and where it has been reflected once again that the petanque has an increasing number of fans"

Francisco Góngora has shown his "satisfaction" because it has once again become clear that El Ejido has great organizational capacity to successfully host the development of this relevant competition
The coastal core of Almerimar has become during the last four days in international headquarters of the European Championship of Petanque in the U-23 categories both male and female and single juvenile. A great sporting event in which a total of 365 players from 21 countries participated, and which has developed with intensity throughout the Puente del Pilar, shining for the high technical level of the participants and the good atmosphere sporty shown by the players.

The countries present have been Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Finland, France, Estonia, Turkey, Switzerland, Monaco, Spain and Israel. Therefore, one of the most special moments in this great competition has been the one that took place yesterday with the official presentation of the teams, an act that was full of solemnity and emotion, as well as impregnated with a great color when parading each Participating group through the playing field, carrying the flag of their country.

The regidor ejidense, Francisco Góngora, has shown his "satisfaction" because once again El Ejido hosts a sporting event of outstanding magnitude and repercussion. In addition, "we have once again demonstrated the great organizational capacity enjoyed by the municipality by successfully hosting a major championship, where tremendous sporting has prevailed and where it has become clear that the petanque has a growing number of fans not only in our country but, also, in many countries of Europe ".

In addition, in this line, he recalled that "in the municipality we already have experience in this type of celebrations, since we have been a host city in large gatherings related to this sports discipline such as the XXI National League of Communities, the Spanish Club Championship SM King Cup and Individual Spanish Championship. "In addition, next May, the Senior Men's, Women's and Mixed World Championships will be held in the municipality.

The councilor has placed special emphasis on "the important revulsion that this competition entails for our tourism sector, since it generates great economic benefits and contributes to promoting El Ejido as a tourist destination throughout the year." Moreover, throughout these days, both players and their companions have been able to enjoy all the options and resources offered by the area in this matter, knowing some of the most significant enclaves such as the Golf Course, the Marina of Almerimar or the Castle of Old Guards, among others.

In this line, it is noteworthy that the City has installed these days a stand next to the petanque courts, located in the vicinity of the bar 'La Tita Cocina', which has reported all the recreational, sporting, gastronomic and cultural advantages of the municipality, in addition to the opportunity to realize agrotourism to know, first hand, the potential of the main economic sector of the land.

Also note that the attendees could be photographed next to the graffiti designed by the local artist Nauni and in which he has captured the image of the mascot of the Spanish Petanque Federation, a curious bull that invites to participate in this sport.

The great victors of the meeting

It has been four intense days in which the best European players in this modality have had the opportunity to compete in skill, talent and effort in two different game modes; the precision shot in 5 different events, 6, 7, 8 and 9 meters away, and the triple championship, which was developed with the well-known 'international Swiss', playing 5 matches and with a classification of 16 teams for the next phase.

In the case of Precision Shooting competition, France has risen this morning with the victory in the men's and women's categories, beating Germany in the first case and Spain in the second. In the youth category, Spain and France have once again 'seen each other's faces', winning once again the French team.

The team triples test, which has been developed throughout the afternoon, has been very close. Finally, it was France who won the European Under-23 Petanque Championship and Spain took second place.

In the women's category, the Gallic country returns to the first place on the podium, followed by Belgium and Spain in third place and in a single youth, Monaco leads the championship by moving the French team to a second place. The Spaniards have placed in third position.

In the corresponding awards, the mayor was present; the Councilor for Sports, María José Martín; the mayor of Tourism, Luisa Barranco; Responsible for Public Works, José Andrés Cano, the general director of Sports of the Diputación, Juanjo Salvador; the president of the Spanish Petanque Federation, Antonio Pérez Arcas; and the president of the Local Board of Almerimar, Inocencio Gabriel Manzano.