The Spanish sporting goods industry association, Afydad, held a ”summit” on Jan. 28 in Munich during Ispo Munich, where it drew high-level representatives from six Spanish sporting goods retail groups, with some 1,200 points of sale between them.
Andrés de la Dehesa, president since March 2018 of the Spanish sporting goods industry association, Afydad, says he wants to attract retailers like similar industry associations in France and other European countries. It held a ”summit” on Jan. 28 in Munich, during the Ispo trade fair, where it drew high-level representatives from six Spanish sporting goods retail groups, with some 1,200 points of sale between them. Among the 15 representatives were Carlos Tejero and José Antonio Blanco of the Trendico Group (representing 453 POS), Alex Cucurull of Base Detall Sport (328), Silvestre Segarra of Sprinter and JD Sports (237), Diego Llorente of Forum (70), Sergi Serra of Bicimarket (51) and Francisco Berroya of the Spanish association of cycling stores, Atebi (31). By the representatives’ own admission, this was the first such meeting in years. According to Afydad’s director, Marta Mercader, it was the first time this particular group had ever met all at once, and every participant “has pledged to produce a list of the aspects most necessary for the proper development of Spain’s sporting goods market.” It has set no date for the next summit but believes that attendance will rise.