Building work begins on the Institute of Sport, beneath Montjuïc’s Swimming Pools

Building work begins on the Institute of Sport, beneath Montjuïc’s Swimming Pools

09/11/2022 - 17:50

Montjuïc. Part of the Barcelona Institute of Sport will transfer to the new site, below Montjuïc’s Municipal Swimming Pools, during the 2023-24 school year. The second stage of the work will finish in 2024-25.

Part of the Barcelona Institute of Sport will transfer to the new site, below Montjuïc’s Municipal Swimming Pools, during the 2023-24 school year. The second stage of the work will finish in 2024-25.

Boasting a budget of 7.8 million euros, of which 3.4 million art part of an agreement with the Catalan Ministry of Education, Barcelona City Council will be handing over the space and funding the building and remodelling of the new site for professional sports training, the Barcelona Institute of Sport, which is to be located on the interior part of Montjuïc’s Municipal Swimming Pools.

The Institute’s space will be located in the municipal sports facility’s lower structure supporting the swimming pools and with an inner area of 4,977.55 m2at its disposal. The resulting building will have three storeys: ground, first and second floors with respective areas of 1,694.53 m2, 1,781.80 m2 and 1,501.22 m2, provided with spaces offering great versatility, lighting and comfort. There will be seven sports halls, a dining room, a kitchen, a small-groups classroom, library, a room for teachers, an office for the management, four offices, a multi-purpose room and nineteen workshop classrooms.

The façade will also be remodelled, made transparent to facilitate lighting and foster the site’s sustainability. In fact, the entire building has been designed from a functional point of view for the purposes of meeting all the needs of the city’s professionalising schools.

The ground floor and first floor are expected to be built in 2022-2023, to prepare the facility for playing host to part of the Institute’s activities over the coming school year. The second floor will start to be built that same year, so it can be completed some time in 2024-25.

Montjuïc’s Municipal Swimming Pools will be keeping up their usual sports activities, focusing on summer season bathing, as well as swimming, water polo and springboard-diving training, visits and competitions. Meanwhile, the centre will be synergising its school activities, Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 9.30 pm, with the Swimming Pools and, what’s more, opening a multi-purpose room in the Poble-sec neighbourhood.

The Barcelona Institute of Sport’s range of offers

The institution, which is part of the Catalan Ministry of Education, began its activities during the 2020-21 school year in the Institut Rubio i Tudurí building, where it had been set up temporarily. Now, with 516 students, the centre’s range of offers provides for teaching corresponding to middle-grade (CFGM) and upper-grade (CFGS) vocational training cycles, the Specific Training Itinerary (IFE) as a Sports Facilities Maintenance Assistant and a double-qualification sports baccalaureate, which can be sat in three separate categories: baccalaureate and Football expert; baccalaureate and Expert in Life-Saving and Rescue and baccalaureate and Expert in Sailing.

The Barcelona Institute of Sports is also working to reach agreements with enterprises for establishing Dual Vocational Training, given the sector’s growth prospects. In addition, the higher Physical Conditioning cycle, the Training and Placement Programme for Sports Activity Assistants and other Special-System Sports Teaching qualifications are expected to be offered in the future.

In addition, the institute will also have fringe and additional services: students will be able to take part in international-exchange programmes, such as theErasmus+; individuals with experience and prior training in the sector will be able to improve their qualifications with an Academic Recognition Service; and there will be an opportunity for obtaining Certificates of professionalism in physical sports and recreational animation and in Physical group conditioning with music support.