The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar has be awarded a prize at the National Sports Awards, held annually by the National Sports Council (CSD). The General Director of CSD Albert Soler chaired a panel that also included Vicente del Bosque, Juan María Fernández Carnicer, Jennifer Pareja, Isabel Fernández, Theresa Zabell, Paloma del Rio, Alfonso Arroyo, Juan Ignacio Gallardo, Javier Guillén, Ruth Beitia, Mercedes Coghen and Beatriz Álvarez Mesa.


The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar received the Joaquim Blume Award, which was created in 1959 to recognise the learning centre that has done the most outstanding work promoting and fostering sport.


The award highlights the sports, academic and personal work that the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar carries out with the young players and shines a light on the promotion of sport and the organisation of events. The accolade also recognises the evolution of the facilities, which have progressively improved since their creation in 2016 to become one of the leading sports centres in the world.


The fundamental goal of this project, created by Rafa Nadal and his team, is education through sport by means of sports and academic programmes that positively contribute to human development and the comprehensive education of the players.


The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar combines high-performance sports coaching and school learning in order produce excellent tennis players, applied students and great people for society. By doing so, the young players that come from all over the world to train at the Academy combine their tennis activities with excellence in their studies. Tennis and academic training are coupled with comprehensive human education based on values inspired by the personality of Rafa Nadal himself.



The award forms part of an extraordinary list of winners who have stood out for their enormous sporting merit. The King Felipe Award for the most nationally and internationally distinguished Spanish sportsman in 2019 went to Ricky Rubio. The Queen Letizia Award for the most distinguished Spanish sportswoman was granted to Claudia Galicia. Paralympic athlete Adiadaratou Iglesias will receive the King Juan Carlos Award for the breakthrough sportsperson of the year and the Queen Sofia Award for a specially relevant gesture of fair play will go to athlete Carmen Ramos. Swimmer Alba Vázquez will pick up the Princess Leonor Award for the most outstanding sportsperson under the age of 18. In addition, RTVE was recognised with the Infanta Sofia Award for the diffusion of sports activities among those with physical, mental or sensory disabilities. The Iberoamericana Community Trophy for the most outstanding sportsperson was awarded to Brazilian futsal player Carlos Wagner Gularte Filho Ferrao and the men’s and women’s national basketball teams will share the Baron de Guell Cup, which recognises the national teams with the most outstanding performance. The National Military Sports Council won the Stadium Cup for its special contribution during the year to the promotion and advancement of sport and the National Sports Council Award for the most outstanding local body for its initiatives in the advancement of sport was granted to the Azuqueca de Henares Town Council (Guadalajara). The White Paper on Sport for Disabled People in Spain will receive the National Award for Arts and Sciences Applied to Sport and, finally, Emiliano Rodríguez and Lolo Sainz will share the Francisco Fernández Ochoa National Award for a life dedicated to the practice, organisation, management, promotion and development of sport.

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