Canary school-children keep wrestling tradition alive
Some 100 schoolchildren met in Tegueste to practise Canarian wrestling.
The venture is part of the programme launched by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands Government under the title of “Canary Wrestling enters the School” which is expected to reach 1,300 students.
The initiative aims to bring together primary children of the 5th and 6th grade and occasionally also 3rd and 4th pupils to continue with the learning process of the vernacular sport par excellence of the Canary Islands. In this case, schools from the Valle Guerra, Tegueste, Santa Úrsula, La Victoria and La Matanza de Acentejo areas were gathered.
The event began with demonstrations for the youngest children to try. Afterwards, a talk was given on the values ??that sport transmits to society, especially Canarian wrestling.
Medals were then presented by the general director of sports, José Francisco Pérez, who showed his satisfaction at seeing “so many children excited to learn more about the sports of their land, so necessary so that they do not get lost.”
The day held in Tegueste is the second held in Tenerife, with four more are expected, to which will be added those that will take place in La Palma and Fuerteventura, while the rest of the islands have already finished.