The Foundation awards are dedicated to Francisco Amorós y Ondeano, Marqués de Sotelo; a military and pedagogue Valencian born in 1770. Because of his ideas he had to go into exile in France in 1813. Throughout his life, both in Spain and France, he promoted gymnastics through publications such as Manuel d’éducation physique, gymnastique et morale and through the direction of institutions such as the Real Instituto Militar Pestalozziano in Madrid and the Gymnase Normal Militaire et Civil in Paris. He generated his own gymnastic method of pedagogical, therapeutic, rehabilitative and military application. He is considered the father of modern physical education in Spain and France, matter that ascended to the category of science. He died in Paris in 1848, leaving a legacy that still survives.

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The aims of the Foundation could not materialize without the ingenuity and intelligence that Francisco Amorós had in our scientific field. We can think of no better way to remember and pay tribute to his memory than putting the name of Amorós to the Foundation’s awards.


The Scientific Committee of the Fundación de Investigación en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte issues the following failure corresponding to the IV call of the Amorós Awards 2021, in the Master’s Thesis category.

It is declared the winner of the 1st Prize to Ignacio Catalá Vilaplana, for the work entitled Diferencias biomecánicas durante la carrera en cinta curva no motorizada frente a la cinta rodante convencional en atletas recreacionales, defended at the Universitat de València. Endowed with 2.000 euros, trophy and certificate of accrediting.


It is declared the winner of the 2nd Prize to Clara Gallego Cerveró, for the work entitled Batería para la valoración de la condición física en alumnado en Educación Secundaria mediante una APP, defended at the Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir. Endowed with 1.000 euros and certificate of accrediting.


It is declared the winner of the 3rd Prize to Virginia Gómez Barrios, for the work entitled Valor educativo de las actividades físicas en el medio natural, desarrolladas a través de metodologías experienciales. Revisión sistemática, defended at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Endowed with 500 euros and certificate of accrediting.


The awards will be delivered in the:
Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte-INEF
C/ Martin Fierro nº 7
28040 Madrid

Date and time:
October 2, 2021
6:00 p.m.


  • Bronze bust of Amorós