Upcoming Events


Private visit to the Fundació Joan Miró

On September 8, members of Sport Cultura Barcelona will be able to enjoy a private visit to the exhibition "Miró. His Most Intimate Legacy".


Second match of the Sport Cultura Barcelona Pentagonal tournament

On September 19, the Club de Golf Terramar will host the second match of the Pentagonal Sport Cultura Barcelona.


Third match of the Sport Cultura Barcelona Pentagonal tournament

The third match of the Pentagonal Sport Cultura Barcelona will take place on October 10 at Club de Golf Llavaneras.


Fourth match of the Sport Cultura Barcelona Pentagonal tournament

The fourth match of the Pentagonal Sport Cultura Barcelona will be played at the Club de Golf Sant Cugat.


Final of the Sport Cultura Barcelona Pentagonal tournament

Club de Golf Vallromanes, the latest golf club to join Sport Cultura Barcelona, will host the final of the Pentagonal tournament.

Recent Events


Paco Godia, reference of the gentleman driver.

Last February 24th Sport Cultura Barcelona has organized together with Francisco Godia Foundation a panel discussion on Paco Godia, ''Paco Godia, concerning the gentleman driver.'' In this roundtable has participated Mr. J.A. Samaranch, Mr. Juan Fernandez, Mr. Pablo Gimeno, Mr. Jose Maria Juncadella and Mr. Sebastià Salvadó and as moderator: Mr. Josep Maria Casanovas. Paco Godia, the last gentleman driver, has been honoured by Sport Cultura Barcelona, at the Godia Foundation, set up by his daughter Liliana Godia. Present were family, friends and admirers throughout his long automotive career as well as patrons and artcollectors. He was recognized by both his colleagues and competitors for his fair play and elegance on the tracks. Probably the most victorious driver in the history of Spanish motorsport until the arrival of Fernando Alonso, Paco Godia debuted as 25 year old in 1946, in a Hotchkiss. He participated in 137 races, and his biggest success were in 1956, where he placed in fourth position twice, in Monza and Nürburgring, and in sixth position at the Formula One World Championship. Besides having eight triumphs at the Montjuïch circuit, he held a curious record in open road Barcelona – Madrid in 4h.- 54’58’’ with a Porsche 904GTS… Together with Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, he had an important role in the construction of the circuit of Montmeló, unfortunately he died in 1990, and did not attend the official opening in September 10th 1991. Remembered and admired, he was considered a pioneer of racing, an important entrepreneur, with bright ideas and an artlover. As told by his colleagues and former racedrivers Juan Fernández and José María Juncadella, he had the life of a filmstar. His daughter Liliana Godia described him as “a man who left a mark” and she is determined to carry on his example around the world. Manuel Carreras, the president of SCBCN, said that Paco Godia was the person who best respresented “the indivisible union between culture and sport”. The speakers Mr. Juan Fernández, Mr. Pablo Gimeno, Mr. José Mª Juncadella and Mr. Sebastià Salvadó emphasized his extraordinary personality and told anecdotes from his life. Closing the presentation was Mr. Manuel Carreras, offering a tribute inscription plaque to Liliana Godia, President of the Godia Foundation, followed by an emotional speech, that he gave on behalf of Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, a close friend of Paco Godia.


Presentation and election of the 4th Sport Cultura Barcelona Awards 2009

The Sport Cultura Barcelona’s (SCBCN) Assembly took place February 19th, 2009 in Madrid, by invitation of our sponsor Inversis Banco. After an initial visit of the headquarters and a presentation of Inversis Banco by Fernando Herrero and Carlos Moreno de Tejada, the Assembly began, presided by Manuel Carreras, and attended by the majority of the members. Then the candidates for the fourths SCBCN awards in the two categories: “Sport Cultura Barcelona Prize for Sport” and “Sport Cultura Barcelona Prize for Culture”, were presented. Through attendees votes the awards went to: “The Copa Davis Spanish Team” and “ The Vila Casas Foundation”. After the Assembly and the election of the SCBCN 2008 awards, there was a visit to the new Tennis headquarters, “La Caja Mágica”, by special invitation of the Mayor of Madrid.. Following was the lunch in “El Nuevo Club”, where participants included Mercedes Coghen, Chief Executive Officer of “Madrid 2016”, Rodrigo de Mesa, Vice president of “Spanish Olympic Committee” and Juan Antonio Samaranch, member of the International Olympic Committee, among others.


Television coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. Conference held by Mr. Manolo Romero

At the Àgora meeting room Cuatrecasas offices was held the conference ''Television coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008'' by Mr. Manolo Romero, CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services. Mr. Romero explained the evolution of TV production from Barcelona 92 Olympic Games until Beijing 08. From the number of people involved, technical, military personnel of the Chinese army, including the km. of cable used, cameras and some other technical data, Romero said that without doubt the Beijing 2008 Games have been truly exceptional.


Visit to Marina Barcelona 92 facilities

On November 18th SCBCN partners had the opportunity to visit Marina Barcelona 92 facilities. The workshops where, Marina Barcelona 92, is located, is one of the biggest world centers specialized in superyachts care, pleasure boats of thirty meters onwards. At the moment of the visit there were 14 yachts over 50 meters long waiting to be checked out.


General Meeting of Members. June 27, 2008

On Friday June 27, at the Palau de la Música Catalana the 4th General Meeting of Members was held, under the presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch. Owing to the Centennial of the Palau, the president Manuel Carreras, gave Felix Millet, president of Palau de la Música, a commemorative plaque. During the meeting, the new members Mr. D. Placido Arango and Ms. Liliana Godia, President of the Francisco Godia Foundation, were welcomed. A large number of members attended the meeting. Afterwards, a lunch was held with their majesties the Prince and Princess of Asturias.


Lunch with the Prince and Princess of Asturias

Owing to the General Meeting of Member, their majesties the Prince and Princess of Asturias and of Girona, presided over the lunch that was held after the meeting. Accompanied by the Secretary of State for Universities, Mr. D. Marius Rubiralta, their majesties the Prince and Princess, greeted the members of Sport Cultura Barcelona, on the stage of the incomparable Palau de la Música, where they posed with all of them. The Prince and Princess signed the Sport Cultura Barcelona’s book of honor and received from the President Manuel Carreras, a sculpture by the artist Rosa Serra. Afterwards and before lunch they talked with all of the guests while appetizers were served. Before starting lunch and after Manuel Carreras’ welcome message, His Majesty the Prince of Asturias, spoke a few words thanking the work carried out by Sport Cultura Barcelona, promoting sport and culture in all fields. The prince praised the Catalan spirit and what he called “closing ranks” and remembered that “only united for a common objective can true triumph be achieved”, giving the Spanish football club as an example, who had reached the finals of the European Cup the previous night. At the end of the lunch and before Felix Millet could explain to them the work taking place to enlarge the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Prince and Princess had coffee in the Chamber Room where they were able to continue talking to the guests.


Visit to the South terminal of Barcelona Airport on June 17, 2008

On June 17 a representation of the members of Sport Cultura Barcelona visited the building works of the new south terminal of the Barcelona Airport. Fernando Echegaray, managing director of Barcelona Airport accompanied them during this interesting visit and treated them to lunch at the airport afterwards.


Conference: Innovation and Trends in Sports and Culture

“When you climb a hill, the view is very different. Your perceptions change and you can better understand - and enjoy - the landscape.”. In this way people who attended to the Conference: Innovation and Trends in Sports and Culture that took place in ESADEFORUM the last 12th of June during the Third Edition of the Seminar organized by Sport Cultura in collaboration with ESADE ALUMNI were invited to ‘climb a hill’ for a morning to explore and interpret some of the worldwide innovation trends in sports and culture. The session was opened by Carlos Losada, Director General of ESADE, who characterised innovation as ‘the central variable that explains why some are more advanced than others’, and Manuel Carreras, President of SportCultura Barcelona, who described the main lines of action undertaken by his association - which is supported by Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was also present - to promote sports and culture. Emili Risques, General Manager of Asics, was the first speaker. Mr. Risques explained the key factors that have allowed the brand to consolidate itself in the market, in particular ‘the importance of understanding the culture of the firm’, whose name is an acronym of the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano, which translates to ‘a sound mind in a sound body’. After offering an overview of the company and its origins, Mr. Risques focused on the case of Spain. Until 2005, Asics did not have its own subsidiary in the country, and the products were sold through various distributors. Turning his attention to the company’s strategy Asics has positioned itself in categories such as running shoes, sportswear, tennis and paddle tennis shoes, and indoor court shoes. He highlighted some of Asics’ initiatives to promote its brand among runners (original obstacle-course races) and women (women-only races). The next lectures were given by representatives of two companies that have helped to make the bicycle Barcelona’s most popular mode of transportation. The first speaker, Antoni Roig, began by describing BSM Barcelona (Bicing), where he serves as Mobility Area Director: ‘We are a company that wants to keep improving.’ He explained that Bicing signed a contract in January 2007, and that 150,000 riders now use the company’s 6,000 bicycles, which are available at 400 different stations. In the eyes of Bicing, Mr. Roig explained, the client ‘is not just a client, but rather a citizen who perceives our service as a public service’. In the opinion of Mr. Roig, the innovative component of Bicing’s business is ‘this bicycle service concept - which, by the way, is not new - and the idea of a young product that needs to be stabilised at all levels, including the technological level, through R&D and logistics’. The next speaker was Pere Cahué, founder of Probike, the only store in the centre of a large Spanish city to dedicate so much space to bicycles. The key to his company’s success, he said, was ‘having had good timing and considering bicycles a fundamental part of our lives’. The popularisation of mountain bikes, he said, has contributed to ‘a segmentation that has had an influence on the culture, with riders falling into various categories, ranging from the urbanite to the family that goes for bike rides on the weekends.’ In reference to the growth of bicycles as a mode of transportation, Mr. Cahué said: ‘It is an honour to live in a place where the city council and the riders’ associations have worked so hard.’ The second half of the conference began with a lecture by Amadeu Abril, Lecturer in the Department of Public Law at ESADE. Combining interesting observations with touches of humour, Mr. Abril explored the links between culture, sports and the Internet. In particular, he discussed the idea of ‘Web 2.0’ and the web as a platform for creativity, the distribution of information, and collaboration between service users. He also explored the reasons why young people use sites like MySpace and Facebook: ‘They sign up because they expect certain reciprocity, as a means of building their identity, because of the perception of efficacy, and because of the feeling of community that they create.’ Turning his attention to the world of sports, he highlighted the need to ‘structure and strengthen the sports networks on the Internet’. The last speaker at the conference was Anne Lise Kjaer, Trend Forecaster, Founder and Director of Kjaer Global UK, who presented ‘a series of tools for thinking a little differently about the future’. In her in-depth analysis of the evolution of society, Ms. Kjaer noted that ‘the values of consumers are changing’. During her analysis of trends, she discussed the figure of the ‘emotional consumer’ - football supporters, for example - and highlighted the contrasts between people who worry about their health and more indulgent people who undergo cosmetic surgery in order to improve their appearance. According to Ms. Kjaer, in terms of the main trends, this scenario reflects ‘a polarised society made up of a mosaic of tribes with different lifestyles and individuals who share a series of values’.


Board of Directors and visit to the new Dexeus University Institute

On July 4, Sport Cultura Barcelona's board meeting took place. After the meeting, members were able to visit the facilities of the new Dexeus University Institute.


Dinner - Talk with Mrs. Carmen Cervera, Baroness Thyssen

Invited by Sport Cultura Barcelona and by the Circulo Ecuestre of Barcelona, Carmen Cervera, Baroness Thyssen - Bornemisza partcipated last tuesday on April 8th in a dinner-talk centered in the history of her art collection, one of the most important in the world. The Baroness Thyssen Bornemisza possesses the widest collection of Catalan pictures and andalusian of the XIX and XX Century and she wishes to carry out free loans to museums from her ancestry places. The andalusian collection will hang in museums of Málaga and Sevilla, whereas the Catalan pictures (J. Mir, C. Suñer or Meifren) will expose in the close museum of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, which in a two years time will finish the works of remodelling, enabling to contain this extensive collection. The main part of the pictures lended to the MNAC, which loan finishes in 2011 and it won’t be renewed, will expose in the Museum of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Her own collection has more of 1.000 pictures in property, besides the Baron confesses that '' like a good Catalan, I know in how much is valued my collection, but I don’t know which is the exact quantity of pictures that I have''. Carmen Cervera commented that it exists a relation with the Ministry of Culture, and also with Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Community of Madrid, with which she is finalizing the projects for the Paseo del Prado. Carmen Cervera feels very proud because she can affirm that '' We have saved 800 trees''. The Baroness advised to the young collectors who are beginning: ''It’s necessary to have good advisers who can understand the quality of the work, but you have to follow faithful to yourselves buying what you like. Yo have to maintain daily of the world-wide auctions, and specially you’ve to look up a lot of catalogues of art while you go by car''. Finally, Carmen Cervera admitted that she follows buying actively works of art, and also told that she doesn’t want to sell his collection because it will be for their children to enjoy it when she already wasn’t. She’s preparing his memoirs, that she wants to write by herself, to relate her love for the art, her collection, her common life with his husband and even her childhood.