WOMEN'S UNIVERSE TOUR
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Huelva became the fourth stop of the 2019 edition of the Women's Universe Tour, a new sports format designed to convey the ideas of effort and self-improvement by practising and demonstrating several sports, and to be a spokesperson for the achievements of Spanish sportswomen.
On November 16 and 17, Huelva became Spain's capital of sports thanks to the Tour Universo Mujer (Women's Universe Tour). The initiative is part of the Women's Universe program of the National Sports Council (Consejo Superior de Deportes, CSD), which aims to foster and develop women's sports as a powerful tool for recognising the role of women in society in general and in sports in particular, as well as the challenges that women must overcome to practice sports, and raise awareness among the population about it.
THE TOUR, IN DETAIL
Sixteen sports disciplines
The 16 federations supported by Iberdrola (football, rugby, gymnastics, triathlon, handball, athletics, boxing, field hockey, ice sports, karate, canoeing, table tennis, surfing, volleyball, badminton and fencing) took part in the Women's Universe Tour. Each one was provided with an information hut and sports facilities at Plaza de las Monjas, where assistants were able to practice the different disciplines completely free of charge and enjoy exhibitions of local clubs and athletes.
Huelva Fit for Equality Race
It started on Sunday, 17 at 11:00 at Plaza de las Monjas, covering five kilometres through the city centre. All the money raised in this charity event was donated to the Adapted Sports Club from Huelva.
Great fitness marathon
The free fitness marathon offered outdoor group classes of zumba, aerobics, dance, spinning, etc., taught by local schools and gyms.
Women's Universe Forum
On Friday, 15 November, leading national athletes and prominent local, corporate and sports administration figures debated the present and future of women's sport at the Women's Universe Forum through their careers and personal experiences.
All these activities took place on Saturday from 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm and from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
OTHER STOPS ON THE THIRD EDITION OF THE TOUR
The opening ceremony paid homage to one of the pioneers of women's sport in Spain, skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa, who recently passed away. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Dates: 26 and 27 October 2019
Timetable: Saturday 17:00-21:00 / Sunday 10:00-14:00
Location: Plaza Mayor
Cáceres was the third stop on the 2019 Women's Universe Tour. Among the different events, the Cáceres Fit for Equality Race took place on Sunday, 27 October at 10:00, starting at Plaza Mayor and was sponsored by Ana Peix, the Spanish freestyle skating champion, and Antonio Fernández Yiyo, an archer from Cáceres. All funds raised will be donated to the Municipal Institute of Social Affairs. The Women's Universe Forum took place on Saturday, 26 in the Ateneo de Cáceres and which featured speakers like Sandra Sánchez, world kata champion; Nuria Garatachea, subdirector general of Women and Sport of the CSD; Ángeles Aguilera, expedition leader of the national team; and Fátima Aguado, archer and winner of the Extremadura Award to Sport 2017.
On the weekend of October 12 and 13, Granada hosted the second stop of the Universo Mujer 2019 Tour. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Dates: 12 and 13 October 2019
Timetable: Saturday 17:00-21:00 / Sunday 11:00-14:00
Location: Paseo del Salón
Granada was the second stop on the 2019 Women's Universe Tour. Among the different events, the Granada Fit for Equality Race took place on Sunday, 13 October at 10:00, starting at Paseo del Salón and was attended by Ignacio Fontes, the new European under-23 1,500 m champion, and Laura Bueno, Spanish 400 m champion. All funds raised will be donated to the Spanish Association Against Cancer. The Women's Universe Forum took place on Saturday, 12 in the Centro Cívico Genil.
Oviedo was the first stop of the 2019 Women's Universe Tour. Video voice transcription (Spanish version) [PDF]
Dates: 22 and 23 June 2019
Timetable: Saturday 17:00-22:00 / Sunday 10:30-14:00
Location: Paseo del Bombé (Calle Santa Susana)
Oviedo was the first stop on the 2019 Women's Universe Tour, becoming the capital of Spanish sport for those two days. As part of this event, the Oviedo Fit for Equality Race took place on Sunday, 23 May at 10.30, starting at Paseo del Bombé. All funds raised will be donated to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Association. The Women's Universe Forum took place on Saturday, 22 in the Sala de Cristal at the Palacio de Congresos, with national trainer and under-17 world champion footballer Toña Is, and Spanish boxing champion, Laura Fuertes, among others stars of women's sport.
10,000 ASSISTANTS IN EACH STOP
The tour visited 12 Spanish cities in 2017 and 2018 (Castellón, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao, Málaga, Burgos, Valladolid, Valencia, Murcia, Seville, Santander, Zaragoza and Gijón) and attracted an average of 10,000 people at each stop. Much of this success was down to the help of the town councils, the Young Sports Foundation and the National Sports Council (CSD) as well as the Spanish sports federations appointed to the 'Women's Universe' program.
Iberdrola has been the main driving force behind this Women's Universe program since July 2016. This is the first company in Spain to make a global commitment to promoting women's participation in every aspect of sport.