Sports for schools

Florence sports competition goes European

Editorial Staff
March 15, 2012

Le Piaggeliadi, Florence's annual inter-schools sports competition in Florence, will become EuroPiaggeliadi this year, during the city's role as 2012 European city of Sport. Young people from other cities in Europe will compete in the Florentine event, a way of increasing relations between the countries, as well as promoting sport.

 

Le Piaggeliadi was founded in 1995 to help combat juvenile delinquency and promote sport as a unifying and essential part of education. The event has grown steadily, from 400 students participating in the first year to 11,000 in 2011.

 

Competitions this year include rugby, basketball, volleyball, roller skating, soccer, fencing and a child-parent foot race. The opening ceremony for the games will take place on March 31 at the Mandela Forum, with Florence mayor Matteo Renzi presiding. For a full calendar of events, see www.piaggeliadi.it (in Italian).

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