Spain, April 25, 2014 – It was a day to remember for Spanish volleyball as Her
Royal Highness, Princess Letizia Ortiz visited the 2014 Youth Volleyball
National Championships on Thursday.
Princess Letizia led an institutional visit to the volleyball competition, which
has brought together one thousand young players from different parts of the
country for the four day tournament.
After spending the morning watching matches at the Pisuerga sports hall, Princess
Letizia took the opportunity to converse with some of the young players on the
court. Her Royal Highness proved well versed with the preparations required for
the competition and showed herself to be a keen advocate for the harmonisation of
educational and sports practice from an early age.
According to sources at the Royal House, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, wife of
Spain’s Crown Prince Phillip, is a strong advocate of introducing sports to children
at the earliest possible age. She was keen to witness first-hand the evolution
of the youth national tournaments.
After attending the matches, Princess Letizia Ortiz held a meeting with
institutional representatives and the organising committee.
In a meeting hall packed with national, regional and local authorities, the Secretary
of State for Sport, Miguel Cardenal, also in attendance, noted that the youth
championships are an excellent opportunity for progress and the perfect
occasion to detect new talent.
Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation President, Agustin Martin Santos pointed
out the relevance of the work established in national grassroots programmes,
like the projects promoted by RFEVB, and also stressed the importance of
contributing to the development of sport from an early age.
Santos cited the success of the Pequevoley
project, a programme created by the Spanish Federation to introduce volleyball
The Spanish National Youth Championships
are a yearly event that brings together regional teams of players aged 12 to 14 from
different parts of the country to compete for the title. One thousand
participants and sixty teams are taking part in the 2014 edition of the
tournament hosted in the city of Valladolid, an event that started on Thursday
and is scheduled to finish on Sunday.