Through this agreement, the eight entities will collaborate again to promote projects related to the sport; they will contribute to the development of university sport in all its fields; They will collaborate to make society and athletes aware of the importance of reconciling sports and studies; and they will give visibility to the values of the culture of effort, as well as to the different projects promoted by the Foundation.
Specifically, this agreement has been signed by the rector of the UMH, Juan José Ruiz Martínez; the rector of the University of Valencia (UV), María Vicenta Mestre Escrivà; the rector of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Francisco Mora Más; the Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Alicante (UA), Juan Mora Pastor; the rector of the Jaume I University (UJI), Eva Alcón Soler; the rector of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU-UCH), Vicente Navarro Luján; the rector of the Sant Vicent Màrtir Catholic University of Valencia (UCV), José Manuel Pagán Agulló; and the project director of the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation, Juan Miguel Gómez. The event was also attended by the directors of the sports services of the different universities.
This agreement will develop different lines of action and one of the main novelties for this edition is the drive to promote the internalization of the project in two lines. On the one hand, by promoting the participation of athletes and / or teams from Valencian universities in international championships. Specifically, the Foundation will finance with a 50% contribution the official cost of participation of university teams in the European Universities Games (EUG) or World University Championships (WUC) of the International Federation of University Sports (FISU).
Also, a line of helps for the acquisition of sports equipment for university athletes with the inclusion of the Comunitat de l’Esport brand in them. Lastly, the Foundation will financially support all FER athletes who are studying for an official degree, master’s or doctorate.
As was done in recent editions, the seven universities of the Valencian Community have committed to joining the celebration of “Sports Day”, which will take place on March 31st 2021. Likewise, within the Foundation-CADU synergies, a volunteer plan will be developed for the events where the Foundation collaborates in the Valencian Community.
On the other hand, the “V Trinidad Alfonso Foundation Awards for university athletes” will be re-convened; specific awards for athletes with brilliant academic records. As in previous years, there will be an annual call for a prize male and female in each of the 7 universities for those athletes who combine their sports careers with their university studies. In total, 14 students will be awarded 1,000 euros and a commemorative plaque will be awarded to each of them. Likewise, in parallel, two Extraordinary Awards (best student and female athlete) will be announced annually, for the best academic records that have completed their studies at one of the seven universities. The award will consist of 2,000 euros and a commemorative plaque. The Foundation will be in charge of paying the amount of the prizes.
After the signing of the agreement, the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation Awards of the third edition that were pending delivery last year, due to the exceptional health situation caused by the covid-19. On behalf of the UMH, the students Noemí Sempere and Esteban Ortuño have been awarded.
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