The end of confinement and the curfew pushed back to 9 p.m., allowed the reopening of the large room of the Furiani sports complex closed for many months for a facelift made necessary by the wear of time.
It was the young U13 and U15 of the Furiani basketball club who were the first to fully appreciate the comfort of the brand new changing rooms, before stepping on a refreshed playground. A room now up to standard where resident basketball and futsal clubs will be able to host – which was not the case until then – their future national level matches.
While on the playing area, Patrick Airola after the traditional warm-up had split his players into two groups to redo their ranges under the panels. Youssef Elouard its president followed their developments in the presence of parents on the bays reserved for the public.
A leader just as happy as his young graduates to finally meet again, after long months of exile in this emblematic place.
« Already very affected by the health crisis, we feared for the survival of the club when the work began. Fortunately, the CAB had given us the opportunity to continue our training on the 4 outdoor fields of the Arinella that we were able to use while complying with the restrictions of the authorities. And if The good weather helped us a lot, we also had to innovate to stay afloat. Maude Lattore having organized video training for her chicks, girls and boys, to the great satisfaction of the parents, delighted to see their children participate in all the sessions. With all the more merit, knowing that the competitions have been suspended for 14 months now.
This stop still left traces in a workforce that fell by 30%.
A Furiani BC also impacted, as underlined by its president, by this white year on the financial plan. ” The closed room, no more training, no more trays, no more matches and, in turn, private proceeds from the refreshment bar. This shortfall, on top of the impossibility of organizing our Pentecost tournament twice. Difficult in these conditions to maintain a balanced budget, when on the other side of the balance, there is only the payment of 800 euros in aid back to the game of the federation. »
Yet Youssef Elouard and his management team continue to hang on. ” Even though the situation has not stabilized and still leaves many questions unanswered, I hope the hardest part is behind us. We must now bounce back by taking the initiative in our rooms and in schools. But since we are all in the same boat, this mobilization seems insufficient to me. It is therefore essential that all the components of the discipline restart the machine by joining their efforts in order to make basketball attractive again. »
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