Water Polo Championships among events to benefit from Barcelona subsidies
The city of Barcelona allocated €13.9 million ($15.8 million) to supporting sporting events and causes in the region last year, it has emerged.
The sum directed from the City Council to the Barcelona Sports Institute was up 43 per cent on the previous year, according to data obtained by the Palco23 website.
Of the near €14 million in subsidies, €3.2 million was for the organisation of sporting events, including €1 million for the 2018 European Water Polo Championships and the same amount for the Navegación Oceánica Project of sailing school Base Mini.
Other events to receive funding included the Rally de Catalunya, the Spanish round of the World Rally Championship (€115,000), motor cycling’s Superprestigio Dirt Track (€140,000) and extreme sports festival Extreme Barcelona 2016 (€400,000).
However, the Open Banc Sabadell, the annual men’s ATP World Tour 500 event held in Barcelona, is no longer included in the expenditure on sports grants as since 2015, the City Council has served as an official sponsor, paying €1.3 million per year in a deal that runs until 2018.
Other subsidy payments go to federations, sports clubs, unemployed sports facilities workers and to promoting physical activity among women and children.