Due to its excellent conditions and equipment, the High Performance Sports Centre in Pocinho can host national and international events.
HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CENTRE IN POCINHO/HIGHSPORTUGAL
PRESENTING THE HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CENTRE IN POCINHO
The High Performance Sports Centre in Pocinho, promoted by the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, is dedicated to the practice of nautical sports, especially rowing and canoeing and it’s part of the Portuguese Network of High Performance Sports Centres/HIGHSPORTUGAL.
Its location at the Douro Valley, part of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro region, which was considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, provided the project’s architect, Fernando Álvaro Andrade, with guidelines for its development, similar to the Douro vineyards in different levels along the river and with a great plasticity of forms.
With capacity for 159 athletes, it has 3 different areas: a training area (gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, treatment rooms, medical offices), a social area (cafeteria, social rooms, auditorium) and an accommodation area (dormitories).
The construction of this HPSC aimed at: developing the practice of nautical sports, especially rowing; promoting the international projection of Portuguese sports; contributing to an increase of the practice of adaptive sports; contributing to the territory enhancement of the region; enhancing an area that has a privileged location in terms of easy access by road, train and boat; attracting sport tourism; putting the High performance Centre in the world architecture guides.
ECOLA International Award, category of new buildings, 2015;
National Real Estate Prize, category of collective equipment, 2016.
Finalist at the European Prize “Mies Van Der Rohe 2015”;
Special Jury Mention at the “2015 Architizer A + Awards”;
“2016 German Design Award – Excellent Communications Design”, in the Architecture category.
In addition to these awards, it has been present at several international architecture exhibitions (Mies Van Der Rohe Prize in Shanghai, London, Virginia and Brussels).
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENTS
TRAINING & TECHNICAL AREA
The High Performance Sports Centre in Pocinho is located at about 500 meters from the river bank, where there is a hangar for boats and nautical equipment and a platform to access the water plan.
The Training Area has a gym for the development of physical fitness, with about 500 m2 with state-of-the-art equipment, administrative and theoretical support rooms for training, meeting room for coaches, multimedia room, two multipurpose rooms and two rooms for the technical team.
The Social Area has free access from a common square, as well as a reception area prepared to welcome groups with more than 60 people. It also has a multipurpose room, a study room with a library, an Internet and periodical reading room, common social room with different areas for games and seating, a cafeteria for about 70 users, a bar and an outdoor terrace, as well as support areas such as kitchen, general laundry, sanitary facilities, employee spas, and technical basement for warehouse and waste collection.
The Residential Area has 85 rooms, social spaces and technical support areas, considering 42 triple rooms and 43 doubles for a maximum capacity of 180 people.
There is also a medical area, with offices for physicians, nurses, physiotherapists and other health technicians, complementary diagnosis and physical conditioning material. The relaxation area has an indoor pool, with 25mx5.65m (depths between 1.20m and 1.70m), whirlpool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath with proper technical facilities and locker rooms.
This HPSC has 3 different areas – accommodation, training and social. The Residential Area has 85 rooms, 42 triple and 43 doubles, social spaces for a maximum capacity of 180 people.
The building also has a hangar for boats and nautical equipment. This complex is about 500 meters away from the river bank.
The recently refurbished dock has the necessary infrastructures for water sports, as well as a platform to access the water plan, considered one of the best in the world.
The building is fully equipped to accommodate Paralympic athletes, including in the relaxation area.
SPORTS DISCIPLINES AT THE HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CENTRE IN POCINHO
The High Performance Sports Centre in Pocinho is fully prepared for rowing, and canoeing.
MAIN EVENTS AT THE HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CENTRE IN POCINHO
EXCELLENT CONDITIONS AND EQUIPMENT
ATHLETES & TEAMS WHO VISITED HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CENTRE IN POCINHO
The top conditions available make the High Performance Sports Centre in Pocinho the best choice to every high performance athlete, team and sponsor looking for the ideal high performance training conditions and, also, for great achievements and victories on rowing and canoeing.
Proof of that is the list of teams and athletes that already attended this HPSC.
- The Portuguese olympic rowers duo – Pedro Fraga and Nuno Mendes;
- Estonian Rowing Federation;
- Swiss National Rowing Team;
- Norwegian National Rowing Team;
- Dortmund Rowing Squad;
- Royal Dutch Rowing Federation (KNRB) (Netherlands).
The High Performance Sports Centre in Pocinho has its doors open for all high performance athletes and teams looking to make the most of their training. We offer the best conditions for high performance training on rowing and canoeing.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN POCINHO
The only municipality in the country with two World Heritage sites – the Rock Engravings and the Alto Douro Vinhateiro – V. N. de Foz Côa is located in Guarda District and has a total area of 398.2 km, with a population around 7,312 inhabitants. Right at the heart of Alto Douro Vinhateiro, this plateau appears where the Douro River meets the Côa River.
There are several farms with wine production and ecotourism projects where the visitor can be amazed with a new way of getting to know the Douro and Côa valleys, taste different types of wine and enjoy amazing meals in the countryside. There are organised tours according to the availability of wine and nature lovers.
WHAT TO DO
The Senhora da Veiga Vessel is a symbol of the Douro River’s history. It is a replica of the traditional Portuguese rabelo boats that was used to transport the fine wine barrels from Alto Douro to the Gaia cellars, and its visitors will have a mix of sensorial experiences: know the Douro river and taste the traditional “migas de peixe à moleiro”, fried river fish in escabeche sauce, as well as taste the wines of the Upper Douro River.
At the Côa Museum, which is fully integrated into the landscape, you can contemplate the oldest graphic memory of mankind, the undeniable artistic quality of Palaeolithic art, travel through time back to 25,000 years ago, interpret the demonstration of social, economic and spiritual life of the first ancestor of mankind and visit the largest concentration in the world of open-air Palaeolithic rock engravings in the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley.
The gastronomy of the region is rich and varied, the products of the region being its greatest asset. Fried fish or fish in escabeche sauce, fish soup, roasted goat or game meat dishes, such as wild boar, rabbit or partridge with sorrel or asparagus omelette are mandatory. For dessert, the delicacies are mostly almond-based.