To leave behind a legacy in the form of sports promotion within the territory. This is one of the aims of the World Roller Games 2019, which are set to take place in Barcelona between 4 and 14 July and whose competitions will be extended to four subvenues: Vilanova (rink hockey), Terrassa (rink hockey), Sant Cugat (rink hockey) and Mollet del Vallès, earmarked to host the Roller Derby World Championship. This Friday, the town of Igualada hosted a new meeting of the WRG Territorial Committee that included the presence of Marc Castells, Mayor of Igualada and President of the Barcelona Provincial Council; Maite Fandos, Councillor for Sport of the Barcelona Provincial Council; Carmelo Paniagua, President of the WRG Organising Committee; Ramon Basiana, President of the WRG Executive Committee and Marc Caballé, Executive Director of the WRG.
The Territorial Committee was formed in May 2018 and comprises the Barcelona Provincial Council, Catalan Government, Catalan Roller Sports Federation, WRG Organising Committee and various partner city councils. The municipalities set to participate in the World Roller Games are Mollet del Vallès, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa, Igualada, Vic, Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and Rubí.
Barcelona’s Olympic Ring area, whose showcase venue is Palau Sant Jordi, is set to be the sports hub of this event, which includes the staging of the World Championships of roller skating sports. But the WRG will also come alive in municipalities in a truly special way in order to popularise these sports with the general public. In fact, many municipalities have already been involved in promoting the WRG by hosting information and volunteer recruitment sessions, such as those that took place in Terrassa, Rubí, Igualada or Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà. The WRG and several municipalities have also participated in other actions, such as the final of the autonomous road freestyle roller event, scooter competitions and Catalan and Spanish qualifying championships for the WRG in Igualada or inline freestyle test event in Cornellà, among others.
According to Marc Castells: “As members of the Organising Committee, we at the Barcelona Provincial Council believe that it is very important to ‘territorialise’ this international sports event so that all people, no matter where they live, can enjoy it as part of the public and also actively participate in the many activities that will be staged in the various municipalities. The Provincial Council is committed to supporting municipalities in their promotion of sport and the values it holds as a driving force for social cohesion.”
For his part, the President of the WRG Executive Committee and Catalan Roller Sports Federation, Ramon Basiana, underlined the fact that one of the main goals of the WRG “is to leave a sports legacy behind that strengthens both grassroots and elite sport. We therefore aim to help in promoting small wheel sports alongside the clubs that can be found in the various subvenues, so that they can experience first-hand such a major as event as this”.