Club Deportivo La Manga rejects council plan for business union
An effort to take charge of the management of the Playa Paraíso sports complex is an issue which has drawn quite a bit of local interest. According to the Club Deportivo La Manga – a not for profit body temporarily responsible for the running of the sports centre since its inauguration a few months ago – Cartagena Council has wanted to create a temporary union for businesses (UTE) to take over the day to day administration of the complex. This UTE would be comprised of the Club Deportivo La Manga and a private company which would apparently be from the area. Head of the CD La Manga, Manuel Macedo, has rejected the idea on various fronts. “We do not want to be part of it because it is impossible on a legal level, they would be left with the most profitable sports and we would have the rest such as football for example”, he states. Macedo also suspects that in the medium term the company would end up controlling it all, stating, “In the end we would be out of the picture”.
The issue is currently at a stalemate until the town hall reorganizes its new departments following last month’s elections. However, there have been a few meetings held over the last few days between the head of the Cartagena Patronato de Deportes, Eduardo Armada and representatives from the C.D. La Manga who have also been backed by various residents’ and youth associations in the area known as Plataforma Pro Jóvenes de La Manga. Manuel Macedo and other members of the C.D. La Manga are scheduled for a press conference on Friday 10th June to clarify the situation. The sports complex currently has nearly one hundred children enlisted and it offers sports academies in tennis, paddle tennis and football.
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