Sustainability, accessibility, energy efficiency and digitization are the lines of improvement promoted by the CSD

The taekwondo athletes Laura Rodríguez and Dalia Santiago share their experiences before a big competition


The Higher Sports Council (CSD) publishes this Wednesday the third episode of the ‘Team Spain’ podcast, focused on the modernization of sports facilities in Spain under the lines of sustainability, accessibility, energy efficiency and digitization.

One of the CSD’s priority projects is to achieve excellence in the country’s sports centers. The master plan for this project to modernize the facilities, which is being carried out thanks to the funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, opens this latest episode of ‘Team Spain’.

In it, the deputy director general of Sports Promotion and Innovation, Aitor Canibe, outlines the strategy aimed at modernizing sports facilities, both public and private, throughout the territory and which is based on four lines of action such as sustainability, accessibility , energy efficiency and digitization.

With regard to the actions that have already been developed, Canibe highlights the automation of the Rhythmic Gymnastics room of the High Performance Center (CAR) in Madrid.

“We detected a problem and, after working with experts, a complete renovation has taken place. Now the intensity and type of light can be adapted depending on the training and needs, something that we want to develop in all the CARs”, he assured . In addition, Canibe has explained what will be the main projects that the CSD will promote in the coming months at its facilities.

The project with the greatest impact will be the development and rehabilitation of the CAR sports center in Madrid, which will become a space that integrates academic, sports and research concepts. “We want it to be a sports laboratory, a space for high performance and the epicenter of high-level research,” he says.

In the CAR, other projects will be promoted such as the total rehabilitation of the Sports Medicine Center in order to turn it into a center of reference and national and international excellence; the renovation of the athletics track which, thanks to a project carried out in collaboration with the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, will allow the analysis of the type of footfall of athletes based on the different modalities and distances.

In addition, a reform of the soccer field will be undertaken to adapt it to the standards that exist today.


Two members of the Spanish Taekwondo and Parataekwondo team, Laura Rodríguez and Dalia Santiago, are also protagonists of this episode.

Both have this May two of the most important competitions that any elite athlete faces, a World Championship and a European Championship, respectively.

Rodríguez will finally not be able to participate in his due to a last-minute injury, but he recounts together with Santiago how the preparation for an appointment of this level is faced.

In addition, in ‘El Test’ both reveal their musical tastes, their training preferences and their favorite foods.

In the closing section, ‘The Last Minute’, the story of Ana Carmona is reviewed, the first woman to play for a soccer team in our country, although she had to do so disguised as a man.

It happened in the 1920s, at Sporting de Málaga, a club he joined thanks to a Salesian priest and his grandmother, who helped him integrate into the team. There she was able to practice the sport that she was passionate about, although she had to hide her status as a woman.

Despite this, her colleagues made it public and, in addition to insults and harassment, she was convicted of disturbing public order.

For this reason, her parents sent her to Vélez-Málaga, the city where she continued to play.

Veleta, who was known for her continuous changes in air, died very young as a result of fever. Today she is considered a pioneer of Spanish women’s soccer.


The objective of this podcast is to value athletes, coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists, as well as the rest of the figures that are part of the Spanish sports system.

The name comes from the aid programs ‘Team España Élite’ and ‘Team España Interés Estratégico’, which the CSD implemented last year, in order to promote the preparation conditions of Olympic, Paralympic and key specialties athletes to favor the projection of Spanish sport in the world.

These programs are endowed with 16 million euros per year, 48 in total for 2022, 2023 and 2024.