Making it into the top ten list of ‘things you may not know about Spain’ is the fact that the Spanish are crazy for basketball. World Basketball Champions 2006-2010, Spain lost their title to the USA in Turkey last year but that didn’t dampen national enthusiasm for the game. Spain will be hosting the World Championship competition in 2014 and clearly, all stops are being pulled out to try to regain the title on home ground. TV sports coverage of basketball is ranked right up there amongst football and just about every town and city has at least one basketball team that gets avid support from the locals. And the Canary Islands are no exception.
Here on Lanzarote, Sands Beach are official sponsors of the CB Grubati team and of the various tournaments that are held in the magnificent sports complex in Costa Teguise. Not only that, but Sands Beach Resort is a home from home for teams competing in both local and international tournaments held in the municipality. With its excellent sports facilities, idyllic position for on and off road training and luxurious accommodation, it’s the perfect base for athletes in training and in competition.
This week sees the start of the Sixth César Manrique Junior Basketball Tournament in which 16 teams of boys and 10 teams of girls will be competing at the Municipal Sports Hall in Teguise and at the César Manrique Cabrera Primary School in Tahiche. Naturally, the teams will be staying at Sands Beach Resort during the tournament.
For existing fans of the sport and those who enjoy competitive sports but who may be new to basketball, the César Manrique Junior Basketball Tournament provides a great opportunity to go along and watch some of the up and coming stars of the sport and to lend your support to the CB Grubati team.