Women’s sport has its say in ‘Blaugranes’ magazine

NEWS 04 Feb 2020 - Supporters' Clubs World Confederation

Eleventh issue of the Supporters’ Clubs World Confederation publication interviews Mariona Caldentey and highlights the role of women’s teams among ‘Penyes’

The eleventh issue of Blaugranes magazine, published by the Supporters’ Clubs World Confederation, focuses on the current rise in women’s sport and the need to continue advancing and progressing until women and girls can have the same opportunities as their male counterparts when they choose to enter the world of sport. 

This desire to keep fighting to break barriers is one of the major convictions of Mariona Caldentey, who features prominently in this issue. The young striker from the FC Barcelona women’s team speaks in an interview about how it all started for her at the youngest levels through to her big break into the elite at Barça. Caldentey also speaks of her close relationship with the Penya Barcelonista Els Tamarells, in Felanitx, where the local football ground now bears her name.  

The magazine continues its look at women’s sport with a feature on its growing presence within ‘penyes’, who have been working for years at grass roots levels to push the women’s game. The secretary of the FC Barcelona board, and the head of women’s football, Maria Teixidor, also offers her views, underlining the importance of the supporters’ clubs in ensuring that women’s football continues to move up in the scales.

Supporting charity as well

The project also details how the Refugee Hosting Project that the Supporters’ Clubs World Confederation and Red Cross in Catalonia presented together last November has laid the bases for collaboration around the country between Barça ‘penyes’ and the branches of the Red Cross, in order for refugees to receive better hosting and integration at such a delicate time of their lives.

The pages of Blaugranes also take an extensive look at the new headquarters of the Federació de Penyes del Barcelonès Est, which is a fine example of the way that the movement is heading. The report examines the different spaces in the building and describes the concepts on which it is based.

‘Penyes’ tireless as ever 

The magazine also describes a large number of activities that clubs have been doing in recent months, with a special focus on the presentation of the book Barça i Catalunya: Els orígens d’una simbiosi, which arose out of talks on the same topic organised by the Confederation, and also the third edition of the Open Penyes del Barça de Golf. A new eSports season has also kicked off with the Penyes Futbol Games, as well as talks by former players and the “Invulnerables” talk featuring Sister Lucía Caram.

As usual, the magazine also looks inside three official supporters’ clubs to find out more about their history and activities. This month the featured ‘penyes’ are PB del Palau d’Anglesola, GPB Águilas and PB Washington DC. Blaugranes finishes with a list of all the different events involving supporters’ clubs around the world.