WOMEN'S UNIVERSE TOUR
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The Asturian city of Oviedo was the first 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 June 22 and 23, Oviedo became Spain's capital of sports thanks to the Tour Universo Mujer (Women's Universe Tour), whose third edition began in this city. 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 Paseo del Bombé at Campo de San Francisco, where assistants were able to practice the different disciplines completely free of charge and enjoy exhibitions of local clubs and athletes.
Oviedo Fit for Equality Race
It departed on Sunday 23rd from Paseo del Bombé and went down five kilometres through the urban centre. It was a solidarity popular march whose proceeds went entirely to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Association. All those bringing their electricity bill (from any company) to the Iberdrola point (23 Marcelino Suárez St.) got two free registrations.
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
Elite sportswomen talked about the past, present and future of women's sport, its growth and promotion, as well as the obstacles they've had to overcome. This took place on Saturday, the 22nd, 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.
All these activities took place on Saturday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
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.