Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga

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Grupo Covadonga
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Full name Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga
Nicknames El Grupo, Grupo Covadonga
Founded 1938
Based in Gijón, Asturias, Spain
Colors Red and blue
         
President Enrique Tamargo
Members 33,000
Website www.rgcc.es
Active departments of Grupo Covadonga
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Archery
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Athletics
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Basketball (Men's)
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Basque pelota (Men's)
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Canoeing
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Gymnastics
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Handball (Men's)
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Field hockey (Men's)
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Karate

Mountaineering

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Rugby (Men's)
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The club

Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga is a multisport club based in Gijón, Spain. The club was founded in 1938 and is the biggest sports club in Asturias. It has got 33,000 members, more than the most important football clubs of the region (Sporting de Gijón and Real Oviedo).[1]

History[edit]

The club was founded on May 10, 1938 with the initial purpose of the club was to create an independent Sports Club. It was based near the beach of San Lorenzo in Gijón. In 1949, Grupo Covadonga purchases lands in the neighbourhood of Las Mestas, near the El Molinón football stadium.

In 2012, Grupo Covadonga was nominated to the Prince of Asturias Awards in the category of Sports.[2]

Notable sportsmen[edit]

Sections[edit]

Grupo Covadonga has got teams in 19 sports. It also has got a group of traditional dance and a choir.

       

Basketball team[edit]

Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga
Leagues 1ª División
Arena Pabellón Braulio García
(Capacity: 1,500)
Location Gijón, Asturias, Spain
Team colors Red, navy
           
President Spain Enrique Tamargo
Head coach Spain
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Grupo Covadonga's men basketball team competes in 1ª División, the fifth tier in the Spanish basketball league system. There is not women's basketball team.

In three times, the club was quarterfinalist of the Copa del Rey (1949, 1950 and 1951).

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason RS PO Tot
1968–69 2 2ª División 4 Relegation playoffs 5–7 2–1 7–8
1969–70 2 2ª División 10 Relegated 4–16 4–16
1970–71 3 3ª División 7 9–11 9–11
1971–72 3 3ª División 10 9–1–14 9–1–14
1972–73 3 3ª División 7 8–2–12 8–2–12
1973–74 3 3ª División
1974–75 3 3ª División 9
1975–76 3 3ª División 4 15–1–8 15–1–8
1976–77 3 3ª División 2 16–1–7 16–1–7
1977–78 3 3ª División 4 15–2–9 15–2–9
1978–79 3 2ª División 1 Promoted 18–1–3 18–1–3
1979–80 2 1ª División B 9 13–17 13–17
1980–81 2 1ª División B 14 Relegated 6–20 6–20
1981–82 3 2ª División Promotion playoffs
1982–96 Lower divisions
1996–97 3 Liga EBA 9
1997–98 3 Liga EBA 13 Relegation playoffs 5–21
1998–99 3 Liga EBA 11 11–17 11–17
1999–00 3 Liga EBA 13 Relegated 7–19 7–19
2000–01 4 Liga EBA 11 13–17 13–17
2001–02 4 Liga EBA 18 Relegated 4–30 4–30
2002–03 5 1ª División 1 Promotion playoffs 11–3
2003–04 5 1ª División 1 Promotion playoffs
2004–05 5 1ª División
2005–06 5 1ª División 2 Promotion playoffs 13–3 3–3 16–6
2006–07 5 1ª División 1 Promotion playoffs 13–1 9–2 22–3
2007–08 5 Liga EBA 10 12–18 12–18
2008–09 5 Liga EBA 12 11–17 11–17
2009–10 5 1ª División 2 Promotion playoffs 16–0 6–2 22–2
2010–11 5 1ª División 1 Promotion playoffs 18–2 2–3 20–5
2011–12 5 1ª División 2 14–8 1–1 15–9
2012–13 5 1ª División 2 15–5 1–1 16–6

Volleyball team[edit]

Grupo Covadonga
Full name Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga
Ground Polideportivo Braulio García,
Gijón, Asturias
(Capacity: 1,500)
Chairman Spain Enrique Tamargo
Manager Spain Saúl Pérez
League Superliga 2
2012–13 Superliga 2, 6th
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There's only women volleyball. The team currently plays in Superliga 2 and it played the Superliga Femenina de Voleibol during two seasons. In 2012 was runner-up of the Copa Princesa de Asturias.

Its young teams won several Spanish championships.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Significant events
2000–01 1 Superliga 11 Relegation playoffs
2001–02 1 Superliga 13 Relegated
2002–07 2 Liga FEV
2007–08 2 Superliga 2 7
2008–09 2 Superliga 2 6 Resigned
2009–10 3 Liga FEV
2010–11 3 Liga FEV 1 Promoted
2011–12 2 Superliga 2 5 Copa Princesa runner-up
2012–13 2 Superliga 2 6 Copa Princesa semifinalist
2013–14 2 Superliga 2 3 Copa Princesa semifinalist

Handball team[edit]

Grupo Covadonga
Full name Real Grupo de Cultura Covadonga
Arena Polideportivo Braulio García,
Gijón, Asturias, Spain
Capacity 1,500
President Enrique Tamargo
Head coach Chechu Villaldea
League Primera Estatal
2012–13 4th
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Grupo plays in Primera División, the third tier in the Spanish handball. It played the top league from the 1976–77 to the 1979–80.

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Notes
1976–77 1 Div. Honor 7th
1977–78 1 Div. Honor 6th
1978–79 1 Div. Honor 8th
1979–80 1 Div. Honor 12th Relegated
1997–98 3 1ª Estatal 9th
1998–99 3 1ª Estatal 10th
1999–00 3 1ª Estatal 11th
2000–01 3 1ª Estatal 12th
2001–02 2 Honor B 6th
2002–03 2 Honor B 4th
2003–04 2 Honor B 3rd
2004–05 2 Honor B 5th
2005–06 2 Honor B 10th
2006–07 2 Honor B 14th
2007–08 2 Honor B 15th Relegated
2008–09 3 1ª Estatal 13th
2009–10 3 1ª Estatal 14th Relegated
2010–11 4 2ª División 1st
2011–12 4 2ª División 1st Promoted
2012–13 3 1ª Estatal 4th
2013–14 3 1ª Estatal 1st

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