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    LEISURE TIME IN SERRES

    Filed under: Leisure in our town. — sylvi @ 5:19

    In the Serres prefecture there are many sports facilities: 8 National Stadiums, 147 Communal gyms, 2 tennis courts, 1 National and 3 private swimming pools, 3 national athletic centers and many more courts and gyms.

    There are also 160 athletic societies of football and 31 athletic clubs that deal with various sports: classic athletism, swimming, polo, basket, tennis, volley, wrestling, shooting, skiing, mountain climbing, modern swimming and air sports.

    SPORTS

    Air Club of Serres


    The airclub of Serres formed on 1984. It consists of 80 members of all ages that go in for parapente, mechanical eagle, small air crafts, air modelism e.t.c. It has its own school of training with well known trainers that come from the Greek air sport federation. The airclub of Serres took part in the National team of air sports in the European championship of France (1994), Spain (1995) and Slovakia (1998) and even the Balkan Championship in Sofia of Bulgaria on 1990. The airclub of Serres have also four special grounds tailored for the taking-off of air crafts and parapente in the mountains of Menikio (950m), Pagaio (1100m) and Belles. The air club of Serres is the Greek Championship and the cup of Greece that organizes the Balkan and European games.

    Race Track of Serres

     


    The motor way of Serres is on south west of the town in a public place of 1000m2 that functions as an athletic park. The race has been built according to athletic events/contests and safety measures of the National Federation, where formula 3 is taking place. The go cart race first functioned on 1995 and it is the biggest of the Northern Greece. It has a length of 1050m and breadth of 8m. The motorway initiated on 1998 and it is the biggest in the Balkans, with a length of 3186m and a breadth 12-15m.

    Sports Center of Omonia

     

    The athletic park of Omonia is situated in the south side of the city of Serres. In an enchanting green landscape of 30.000 m2 owned by the municipality of Serres. The group supports a lot of sports: courts for football, basket, volley, tennis, Olympic size swimming pool, and winter gym make thousands of the citizens of Serres to visit the athletic park of Omonia. Nearby the athletic park of Omonia is the Go-Kart track and the Race Track of Serres.

    Sport Clubs of Serres

    There are a lot of Athletic Clubs, Gymnastic Clubs, Football Clubs, Athletic Basketball Clubs, Tennis Clubs, Athletic Clubs ΤΑΕ ΚWON DO, Sighting Clubs, Music and Gymnastic Clubs and Wrestling Clubs

    Automobile and Motorcycle Club of Serres

     


    The Club was founded in 1975 by a lively nucleus of friends of motor sport. At first, under the name of the Serres Automobile Club, it organised automobile races in which its members participated together with competitors from all over Greece. Soon, however, the club also extended a warm welcome to motorcycles, and it was renamed the Serres Automobile and Motorcycle Club. As an active club in every field it was to become an institution from the first years after its foundation. The dream of a city is finally fulfilled. On the threshold of 2000 the city of Serres joins the select club of European cities which boast racetracks of international standard. The building of the racetrack constitutes an innovative project with great potential to contribute to the development of the modern city. The Serres Race track was formally opened with the hosting of the Panhellenic Automobile Speed Championship, which showed our city to be unique in Greece and the Balkans as having a racetrack built according to international specifications. The City Council and the Serres Automobile and Motorcycle Club collaborate in order that, with the contributions of all of us, Serres can be shown to be a Panhellenic and international meeting point for motor sport.

    CULTURE

    In the prefecture of Serres there are 350 cultural, educational, traditional-folklore, sport clubs with an important cultural presence and work. The (DEPKA), the (SPE), the (NELE), the Lyceum Club of Greek Womann etc. come first in the formation of come first in the formation of cultural activities and therefore offer a lot to our city.

    Cultural Association of Serres

    In the center of the town, in the building of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Serres, on the third floor, there is the Cultural Association of Serres (CSS). Cultural Association of Serres occupies a room either for festivals (expositions of historical and folklore books) or as a workroom for painting or as an extra room for the lectures of the Public University.

    Lyceum Club of Greek Women

     


    The resurgence of Greek customs, the preservation of Greek traditional dances, the music and songs of the Greek traditional uniform, is a difficult effort, as the Greek tradition has to remain untouched. This is a work undertaken by the Lyceum of the Greek Females, which is consists of 43 branches in Greece and 9 abroad. It was formed in 1957 and holds dance divisions as well as departments for the learning of traditional music and instruments. It also has a wide wardrobe with all the traditional uniforms of Greece.

    Lyceum participates in many festivals and wins prizes for its excellent traditional dance performance. Some of these prizes are; B’ prize in Neizon of France in 1973, A’ prize in Siatones of France in 1987, and other in the Friendship Festivals in Italy, Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium, England, Israel, Arabic countries, Australia, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, and America. Lyceum is also organizing festivals in order to fight against drugs, or other matters like national problems, the care for children etc. For instance, on July 1991 in Filipous there was a festival, the revenues of which were given to the community “Ithaki”( therapeutics community).The title of the festival was “Dance with us for life”, it was concerning the fight against drugs and it was organized by the Lyceums of Greek Females of Kavala, Drama, Xanthi and Serres. Revenues of the festival under the title “come with us because some kids hope in our help”, were given to the kids of the first children’s village of Northern Greece.

    Prefectural Association for further Education

    The Popular Education is an institute that serves the continuous learning apart of the educational system. The aim is the development of the personality of the citizen, which is independent of the educational level, age or sex, as well as the active contribution in the social, economical and cultural way of living. The district organization of the Popular Education rely on the Prefecture Committies (NELE), independent civil services of the Prefecture’s Local Authorities, while it is under the authority of the General Secretary of Popular Education of the Ministry of Education.

    NELE of Serres has the responsibility to design/form and materialize programs that are realized in the municipalities and communities of Serres prefecture. NELE is made up of delegates/representatives of Chambers, Labour Center, Union of Agricultural Co-operatives etc., that have as a president, the Prefect of Serres.

    Educational programs are organized and function by the means of learning departments and individual shows, with various subjects, to different groups of people. Public Education is an organisation in charge of educating people of all ages as an aid to the normal educating system. This district organization is supported by the Committees of the prefecture (NELE) and are supervised by the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Education. Its functions concern the following sectors; Proffesional Preparation, Cultural subjects, Alphabetism of the minorities, Military Services, Health Education, Help to the elder people. The subjects in the learning seminars, are set by the propositions and demands of social and cultural members, as well as demands of the Local Government. People who participate to each of these seminars should be 8 to 15 the most, and have the age of 15 years or more. The educational responsibility lies on experts/special tutors.

    Mental and Cultural Center of the Municipality of Serres


    Mental and Cultural Center of the Municipality of Serres is lodged in a modern and newbuilt building that was finished and given in use, from the Serres municipality, in June 1994. It’s a nice building to look at. It is built semi-circularly, and is covered in glass and painted in yellow and blue. The building is a cross-section of the modern architecture. It has four floors in total, exempting the roof garden and the basement which is modified in a way that covers the needs of an exhibition room, with a correct lighting and simple style, so that it doesn’t distract the spectator’s attention from the exposed art works. In the first floor there is a show room that is adequately modified for this purpose. It has a microphonic facilities and air conditioning of a capacity of 100 people. In the second floor there are lodged gym departments. In the third floor there is the administration, the director’s office and the room of the board of directors. In the fourth floor there is the library, the study room, the president’s office and a special press room for press conferences and clubs’ meetings.

    Cultural Events

    In the whole Prefecture of Serres, many cultural activities are continually organised and meetings and scientific symposiums are accommodated. This strenuous cultural effort in the Prefecture justifies the prediction that Serres is rapidly developing into a cultural centre of Northern Greece.

    Mathidiada-Student event


    Many secondary school students from all 52 Greek prefectures and Greek expatriate schools participate every year in the “Mathitiada” sports and cultural events held in Proti, Serres Prefecture, usually on May under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE). The events, also described as “Greek Student Olympic Games”, include competition in 35 Olympic Games sports (142 sports finals), 14 Paralympic actions and over 40 cultural events (workshops, exhibitions, happenings). The objective is to help students develop fair play, camaraderie and brotherhood. Greek students are being taught the values of Hellenism and the Olympic ideal. The success of the “Mathitiada” depends to a great degree on over 500 volunteers. Foreign volunteers from Sports Academies in Finland participated for the first time last year. This year’s events saw participation by children from Adelaide, Brussels, New York, Cairo, Istanbul, Rizokarpaso, London, Mariupol, South African cities, Vladikavkaz and Frankfurt among others. Fist time participations come from Sweden, Serbia, Romania, Netherlands, Chile, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Czech Republic and Austria.

    Theatre in Serres


    The Municipal and Regional Theatre of Serres has as fundamental goal the activation of the local cultural potential, the raising of awareness among young people and plays a crucial role for the cultural development of the prefecture. It has a selected repertoire of significant classic and modern plays by Greek and foreign authors.

    Various Events Frequency: once a year

    Captain Mitrousis

    Events in honor of captain Mitrousi

    Cultural August - Gefyroudiana

    Custom of Gerakina


     

    A festivity in memory of Gerakina, a well known singer all over Greece

    Custom of Gynaecocracy

    A distant recall of the primitive period’s matriarchal spirit

    Dervenes

    Event with fires

     Feast of rice

     

    Feast of wine

     

    Festival of Amphipoli


     

    During the 5th century BC Amphipolis was the most important city of the region. Since Theseus period the city is called Ennea Hodoi (”Nine Roads”). It was founded by the Athenian colonists in the 437 BC, under the leadership of Hagnon. Famous is the Lion of Amphipolis, a monument symbolising the power of the city during antiquity. it was destroyed by Vrasidas in 422BC and restored in 1936.

    O Klidonas

    Custom with ancient origin

    Orfikoi Antilaloi

     

    Ta Anastenaria

    Ceremonies such as animal sacrifice and fire-walking

    Ta Eleftheria ton Agion

    Annual cultural events

    The fete of emigrants

    Meeting between locals & emigrants, offer of “fasolada” (food with beans)

    The killing of the dragon by St. George


     

    Festival in honor of St. George

    The roads of olive

    Briefing and sensitization of big consuming public for the unique goods, the olive and the olive oil, through the projection of their cultural importance but also their alimentary value.

    Traditional wrestling

    Traditional custom

    How the trainees of the Second  Chance School  of Serres spend their free time

    As soon as I finish my work in my free time left I call one of my friends and get off for our morning stroll. We sit in a café and start gossiping. Then we ride our cars and go to the internet café where we play games. After 3 hours playing we go home for a couple of sleeping hours. In the evening we start again our car rides and continue with our enjoyment. We usually dance, drink and listen to music at full blast. Finally at about 8 in the morning we start for our houses.  

    Peter


      

    When the weather is fine usually at weekends my family and I decide to go by Kerkini Lake for a picnic.  There we meet a lot of people who just do the same route. We enjoy the landscape and the various birds that live in the district. We admire the white swans and taste the fresh fish which the local fishermen catch.

    Fotini

     


    In my free time I like going shopping with my friends and then sit in a café and have a cup of coffee. I also like hiking in the valley of our town where there is a beautiful path which leads to a waterfalls at the foot of a hill.

    Athanasia


     

    The only free time I have is the weekend. Then I take my 3 little kids for a walk with my friends who come and pick me from my house or we arrange to meet outdoors. First we go to the central square of our town and then we have a meal in Goody’s  fast food restaurant.

    Maria

     


    In my free time I usually go for a coffee or play football with my friends.

     Kostas P.


     

    In the weekends I usually take a ride with my motorcycle or play football with my friends.

    Haris


     

    I spend my free time by Kerkini Lake drinking coffee with my friends. Afterwards we have a meal in a fish restaurant drinking ouzo and eating fresh fish from the lake. In the evening I return to my village and have beer with my friends. This is the way I spend my free time.

    Kiriakos


     

    I spend my free time going shopping, because I like it very much. During summer time I usually go with my friends for a coffee or drinks to the Valley. During evenings I like having fun with bouzouki songs especially in the music club called 13 Moons. During winter time I like going skiing to the ski center of Lailias .

    Christine

    I like my town Serres because its got grade landscapes especially if you are a cyclist and can discover them. There is also motor racing track, where you can also have a good time enjoying the car races. Every Wednesday there is a chance for each cyclist to have a track day.

    Giannis


    I like staying at home with my family playing different games in our balcony. Sometimes we go for a walk to the central square of our town.

    Kostas S.

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