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Spanish Youth National Volleyball Championships get royal seal of approval

The Princess’ visit helped to promote the integration of sporting activities into school curriculums and provided an opportunity for her to stress the positive impact of sports like volleyball in the educational development of youth

Valladolid, 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.

Spain’s 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 in schools.

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.


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