The Regional Minister for Education and Sport, Javier Imbroda, stressed during the presentation of the AnyTech365 Andalucía Open, an ATP 250 tournament on the world circuit, that the difficult context that society is experiencing due to the pandemic “has not stopped such an exciting project as organising the best tennis tournament in the history of Andalusia, the third most important of those currently being held in Spain, thanks to public-private collaboration, which is more necessary than ever if possible”.
Iván Sánchez is an Andalusian footballer who was born in a small village in Jaén, Campillo de Arenas. Last season he played for Elche in the Spanish Second Division. With Elche he was promoted to the Primera División. His great performance with Elche caught the attention of Aitor Karanka, coach of Birmingham City, who play in the Championship. From there, Iván started playing in the Championship at the age of 28. In England, Iván is surpassing his numbers from last season. Unfortunately for the Andalusian player, Birmingham is struggling for relegation. They are twenty-first in the table and only three points clear of relegation. Fortunately for him, he is starting the vast majority of matches. Iván Sánchez plays as a right-winger, although under Karanka he is also playing as an attacking midfielder.
Juan Lebron was born in El Puerto de Santa Maria (Andalusia). At just 26 years old he is number two in the World Padel Tour World Ranking with 15,880 points. But he was ranked number one very recently. A player with sensational qualities, giving him a beastly power to his strokes. Lebron has 199 wins in 312 matches, according to the World Padel Tour. His record of victories is 18 in a row and his winning percentage is around 64%. The number one and number three in the world are also Spanish, both from Madrid, Alejandro Galan, and Paquito Navarro.
Andalusian Laura ‘Bimba’ Delgado became one of the first two Spaniards to become professional rugby players last summer. And they did it in England, signing for Exeter Chiefs, a club that plays in the UK Rugby Premiership 15s. A milestone for Spanish and Andalusian women’s sport, and rugby in particular.
Footgolf is a sport that fuses goal and football in one. It was founded in 2009 in the Netherlands and is becoming more and more popular in Andalusia, where many of its golf courses are already practicing this new sport.
Golf in Andalusia, above all, is employment. Stable and quality employment, since 52,000 people work in our community directly or indirectly related to golf. Contributing to the region’s economy 5,400 million euros, nothing less than 3% of Andalusian PIB.
Numerous Spanish players have been playing in the prestigious Premier League for many years. Within this quota of Spanish-born players, there are two, at present, who are Andalusian and who are triumphing with more or less success in UK. Both happen to be from Seville and both played for Real Betis. They are Adrián San Miguel and Dani Ceballos.