sports

Another vision of sport: Palestre Popolari in Italy, an interview with CoNaSP red gym trainers

Training at Palestra Populare Palermo, Sicily.

A report from Brighton Anti-Fascists on their meetings with trainers from two of Italy's 'red gyms', part of the National Coordination of Popular Sport (CoNaSP), on their activities in the community, how they got started and why popular sport is important.

Full transcribed interview with CoNaSP trainers Giulio (Palestra Populare Valerio Verbano) and Luigi (Palestra Popolare Palermo)

Palestra Populare Valerio Verbano, Rome.

Interview with two trainers from the National Coordination of Popular Sport (CoNaSP), a network of gyms run collectively by anti-fascists in Italy, the ideas and history behind them and some thoughts for those who might be thinking about starting their own.

When the barbarians invade the periphery: the commercialization and destruction of the Catalonian Pyrenees – Miguel Amorós

A 2018 diatribe against tourism, as an industry that is wrecking the natural environment and the social fabric of rural areas, and particularly as it has capitalized on the recent craze for “adventure sports”, which manifest the “primordial capitalist mentality”, “the taste for competition, for overcoming obstacles, for demonstrating endurance, for the cult of hard work, for risk-taking, for exhibitionism”, echoing Günther Anders’ reflections on this new kind of leisure that is exploited for profit and becomes just another variety of “work” for people who are plagued by neuroses generated in the claustrophobic cities and are incapable of the tranquil repose that our ancestors valued.

Bologna supporters fined for anti-police brutality protest

Flag displaying Federico Aldrovandi's face at another match.

Supporters of Bologna football club have been fined for their protest during an away game at Napoli on Sunday to commemorate the violent murder of a teenager by police officers in Ferrara, Northern Italy.

Boycotts and legal action as Clapton fans fight to take their club back

Supporters of Clapton FC, renowned for their left-wing politics and activity in the local community, are continuing their struggle to take control away from the current owners and turn the East London club into a democratic, fan-owned football club open to the community.