WOMEN'S UNIVERSE TOUR
Supporting and raising awareness of the role of women in sport
Pontevedra was the seventeenth stop on the 2019/2020 Women's Universe Tour, a sporting event aimed at transmitting the concepts of effort and self-improvement through the practice and exhibition of several different sports, as well as championing the achievements of Spanish sportswomen.
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On 6, 7 and 8 March, the Women's Universe Tour turned Pontevedra into Spain's sporting capital. This initiative, part of the Women's Universe program run by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (Spanish National Sports Council) aims to promote and develop women's sport as a powerful tool for recognising the role of women in society in general, and in sport in particular, as well as raising general awareness of the challenges that women have to overcome to take part in sport.
THE TOUR, IN DETAIL
Seventeen sporting disciplines
On Saturday 7 March, Pontevedra's Plaza de España played host to a series of activities for all participants to enjoy. The activities ran by the 16 Spanish federations promoted by Iberdrola through the Women's Universe program (football, rugby, gymnastics, triathlon, handball, athletics, boxing, hockey, winter sports, karate, canoeing, table tennis, surfing, volleyball, badminton and fencing will all be part of the event). Each one had its own information booth and a 3000 square metre activity area, where participants were able to try out the different disciplines completely free of charge, as well as enjoying displays relating to local clubs and athletes.
Pontevedra Fit for Equality Race
This took place on Sunday 8 March, matching with International Women's Day. The race covered 5 km long forming a large green wave for equality, crossing the main points of the city. It took the form of a charity race for all, the proceeds of which — €4 per person — were donated in full to the charity Fademur Galicia.
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 6 March, leading figures in national and regional women's sport held a debate on the current state of women's sport. This is a key year for sport, as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are due to be held this year.
OTHER STOPS ON THE THIRD EDITION OF THE TOUR
Attendees were able to practice up to 16 sports disciplines in Huelva, the fourth stop of this edition.
Dates: 16 and 17 November 2019
Timetable: Saturday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. / Sunday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Plaza de las Monjas
Huelva was the fourth stop on the Women's Universe Tour in 2019. The main event was the Huelva Fit for Equality Race, held on Sunday 17 November, setting off at 10:00 a.m. from Plaza de las Monjas and covering five kilometres across the city centre. All proceeds from the race were donated to CODA or Club Onubense de Deporte Adaptado (Huelva Club for Adaptive Sports). The Women's Universe Forum, meanwhile, was held on Friday 15, where national athletes, prominent local figures and individuals involved in sports-related businesses and administration debating on the present and future of women's sport, based on their own careers and personal experiences.
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.