A summer of sport at the Port of Monaco

Monaco is encouraging everyone to get active with a host of fun free sports on offer this summer at Port Hercule.

Mayor Georges Marsan with, from left to right, the Deputy Delegate for Sports and Associations Jacques Pastor, Arnaud Giusti, Head of the Municipal Sports Department and Associations, and Anthony Christophe, player with AS Monaco Basket, on the 3×3 basketball court installed on the Port of Monaco. Photo credit: Monaco City Council

In addition to the pergolas, shade sails and rides for the kids, sport is a major part of this year’s summer activities offered by the Monaco City Council.

An electric kart circuit is open every day from 3pm to midnight. Families are encouraged to enjoy the activity with dedicated “baby” karts available for the young ones aged over three.

Two basketball courts have also been set up on the Quai Albert I, one is an inflatable structure for children, with free access from 4pm to 9pm, and another is a hard 3×3 structure with a slot from 6pm to 7pm reserved for introductory sessions supervised by a coach.

On Friday 2nd August at 6pm a friendly tournament will be held with teams from different groups in the Principality, while Saturday 3rd August from 2pm to 6pm will see the FIBA 3×3 Satellite Tournament, with international professional players fighting it out for a tournament win​​. 3×3 involves six players in total on a half basketball court – 3 against 3. It incorporates specific rules to make the game fast and fun, and there will be plenty of music to set the energetic mood.

The August 3rd tournament will qualify for the Rimini Beach FIBA ​​3×3 Challenger Tournament on August 19th and 20th (professional level of the FIBA ​​3×3 circuit) as well as for the 3×3 Master Tournament, the highest level of the 3×3 professional circuit. Taking part will be Jeep Elite players Antoine Eito and Jo Passav-Ducteil, and and even France’s national under 23 3×3 team. Entrance is free.

Another sport which has been in full swing for a few years is padel. Derived from tennis, padel requires a smaller pitch, framed by walls and/or fences, and is played in doubles only. The public has access to the temporary court currently located on Quai Albert I every day from 2pm to 9pm until 25th August. Access is free.