Objective accomplished! The third edition of the charity tournament that brings together professionals from the Costa del Sol’s property sector in support of local and international charitable causes enjoys its greatest success yet.
Not only did the III Solidarity Paddle Tournament of the Costa del Sol property sector raise over €80.000 for the causes highlighted below, but it was made possible by the collaboration of over 140 companies and sponsors from the region’s real estate and related sectors. Counting from the outset on the generous support and collaboration of the Estepona Townhall, José Carlos León and all the team involved in the organisation of this fantastic initiative can look back at what has become one of the most outstanding charity and real estate events the Costa del Sol has ever hosted.
The Event – Sport
The programme of activities kicked off on 1 June with a triangular football tournament between Spanish members of the property sector and their counterparts from ‘the rest of the world’ together with the veteran team of Estepona CF. The matches held between these three teams and the veterans of the hosts at the stadium of Estepona CD ended in a closely fought overall win for the international team in what was the opening act of a long weekend of events.
The weekend was dedicated to the paddle tennis tournament at the heart of the programme. Hosted at the atmospheric Racquet Club Villa Padierna, this year’s competition was once again intense and fun, featuring a total of 160 excellent players from the ranks of the region’s real estate companies. A highlight was the fashion show on Saturday evening courtesy of Deborah Charles with live music and entertainment by Yanela Brooks.
The exciting final of each category was held on Sunday 5 June and the winners were:
Mixed B: Javier Ruiz and Carlota Ruiz who received a dinner for two at La View Los Arqueros and Magnum Vino, courtesy of Casa Santi.
Mixed A: Grantley Harris and Camino Llamazares. Their prize was 2 tickets to Starlite Marbella, courtesy of Drumelia and one night at Cortijo del Mar (courtesy of FM Properties Realty Group) and Bondre Mirador de Estepona Hills (courtesy of Mirador de Estepona Hills).
5 Female: The winners were Cris González and Rocío Ruiz, who received a dinner for two people in Amarillo courtesy of Livingstone Estates, and a €100 gift voucher, courtesy of Chocofruits.
4 Female: Judith Mendiolagotia and Chus Fernández were the winners, receiving dinners at Coa Nueva Andalucía and Bardot Restaurant at Meliá Don Pepe, as well as a basket and hat from Mar de Coral and a bag and sunglasses from By Niuma.
3 Female: The winners were Paula Rucklova and Bárbara Gallardo, each receiving a treatment at Jack Dessange and a night for two at La Ciudadela Marbella Hotel.
4 Male: Adrián Caballero and Manuel Sánchez were the winners in this category, receiving a paletero and some paddle tennis shoes from Bendita Stampa as prizes.
3 Male: The winners were Gilles Louvet and Diego Calabvig, whose prize consisted of an experience at Lobito de Mar and another at Leña, both from the dani García group, as well as a massage at Mazzini and Mind and a session at the Vincci Estrella del Spa Spa. Sea.
2 Male: Ricardo Calamita and Francisco Giménez were the winners in this category with prizes of 3 gourmet days and 2 nights with breakfast and dinner for 2 people courtesy of Azul Marino Viajes, a dinner for 2 people at La Sala, courtesy of La Sala Banús, and another dinner for 2 people at Marbella Club Grill.
Real Estate Conferences
Yanela Brooks also provided the closing act of one of the most engaging and successful property sector conferences held for years on the Costa del Sol, where over 400 industry professionals came together at the Teatro Auditorio Principe Felipe VI in Estepona on Thursday 2 June.
The conference began with members of the LPA Real Estate Association, who after analysing the situation of the real estate market both in figures, origin of clients and other details of interest, commented on the need to professionalise the role of the real estate agent, and for this, the LPA is promoting the approval of a new law that regulates it.
This technical table was formed by Sergey Sinichikin from Drumelia; Pía Arrieta from DM Properties; Angela Schouten, from FM Consulting; Setareh Mohregi from Gilmar and Jesús García from Banús Rentals.
In the second part of the conference, relevant issues such as the effects of price increases in construction were discussed, where the participants agreed that the price increase in new-build homes will continue over the coming months, so that as an asset real estate remains a safe form of investment.
The professionals who took part in this roundtable were Rubén Solís from B. Solís; Javier Curto from Concept Homes; Pablo Villarroel from Villarroel Torrico; Ignacio Peinado from ACP Málaga and José Félix Pérez-Peña from Savills.
The conference closed with the importance of brands in the real estate sector. Relying on a brand of recognised international prestige is a trend that has been going on for years in the United States and is now reaching Europe and especially the Costa del Sol. To address this issue, Massimiliano Ferrari from Corporate Brand was present; Juanjo Millán from Wyndham Residences (Idiliq Group); Ziad El Khoury of Four Seasons; Ignacio Alonso from Pacaso and Ignacio Pérez, from La Zagaleta.
Hosted with flair and brio by José Carlos León, the conference featured a modern format with engaging topics further enlivened by the African Ballet Sunugal and the evocative acrobatic dance act by Duonika from Ukraine.
The entire schedule of events was made possible by the kind participation of the Estepona Townhall, the Villa Padierna Group, sponsors and also the companies and individual professionals who participated both in the organisation and the enjoyment of a sports competition and professional conference whose aim is to bring together the real estate sector of the Costa del Sol while working jointly to raise funds for important causes both locally and abroad.
Funds raised for Charities
The Solidarity Paddle Tournament came to life as a result of a desire to help those in need, and it has since grown into a wonderful event that forms a highlight in our industry’s annual calendar. Thanks to the support and participation of so many people and organisations the III Solidarity Paddle Tournament of the Costa del Sol property sector this year raised over €80.000 in support of important causes that require our aid:
Ruwenzori Child Care – WEFO (Uganda)
€40.000 will be used to construct a third pavilion of classrooms so that the number of pupils who can attend school in safe and comfortable conditions can be raised from 240 to 350.
€5.000 was donated to this cause, which supports local youngsters who have to live with grave and often debilitating injuries.
Paula y La Fabrica de Medula
€5.000 towards this important initiative aimed at encouraging more donations of blood, plasma and bone marrow.
Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer Estepona
€5.000 for the work being done by the local chapter of the Spanish Cancer Association in the treatment of patients and fight against the disease focusing especially on children’s oncology.
Fundación Cesare Scariolo
€5.000 in support of this wonderful organisation that provides medical care and personal support for children suffering from cancer and other serious diseases.
Andaluces con Ucrania – Asociación Victoria Kent
€5.000 – Andalucía is showing its solidarity with those suffering in the Ukraine, and so are we, helping to make life for war refugees arriving here a little easier.
José Carlos León, president of Building the Future and CEO of NVOGA Marbella Realty also wanted to acknowledge the support offered by the sponsoring companies, including Concept Homes, Cordia, Urbania International, Exxacon, Heidi Gubbins, AEDAS Homes, LPA, Fundación La Caixa, Carmen Durán Comunicación, Idiliq Estates, Aalto, Sua Corp, Manuel Burgos, Savills, Pacaso, Kronos Homes, Fluent Finance Abroad, Somarsa, Alquimia, Construcciones B.Solís, Rugue, Be Lagom, Bulthaup, JC&A Lawyers, Banús Rentals, Darya Homes, Via Celere, One Eden, Siematic, Vinylcolor and Manifesto Design, among others.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the townhall and mayor of Estepona for their kind generosity and support, to the Villa Padierna group for their wonderful help, to our many fantastic sponsors and collaborators, and to our friends and colleagues who participated and helped to make this such a wonderfully fun and fulfilling event. Over €80.000 raised shows once again that TOGETHER WE STAND STRONG! Look forward to seeing you next year.”