WOMEN'S RUGBY SEVENS
Iberdrola's energy proves contagious for women's rugby Sevens
In its efforts to support women's sports, the company is backing rugby sevens by conceiving the national Queen's Cup Sevens Grand Prix Series and sponsoring the national team, The Lionesses 7.
The chairman of Iberdrola group, Ignacio Galán, accompanied HM Queen Letizia during her visit to the Spanish Women's Rugby Sevens Team to show support for the team before the Pre-Olympic tournament in Kazan (Russia), which will be held on 13 and 14 July, qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Convinced that sport is a key tool for progressing towards gender equality, the company supports 16 federations (gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, hockey, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing) and lends its name to 22 national leagues in different sports, backing over 22,000 sportswomen.
The visit was also attended by acting minister of Culture and Sports José Guirao; the chairwoman of the Spanish Sports Council and Secretary of State for Sports, Maria José Rienda; the vice-rector of Culture, Sport and University Extension at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Isabel María García Fernández, and the president of the Spanish Rugby Federation, Alfonso Feijoo.
The agreement between Iberdrola and the Spanish Rugby Federation supports the national women's rugby 7s team, a version of the game with seven players on each team. Nicknamed The Lionesses 7, the Spanish women's rugby sevens team has always been in the top eight in the three world championships held so far.
IBERDROLA QUEEN'S CUP GRAND PRIX SERIES
Presentation of the new '7 Lionesses' kit.
Seven-a-side rugby or Rugby sevens, the Olympic version, has also received the company's energy. The creation of the Iberdrola Queen's Cup Grand Prix Series has, for the first time in Spain, given women's rugby a competition similar to the international format of Sevens tournaments, which will help attract new talent for The Lionesses 7s.
The twelve best teams will compete in the Sevens Grand Prix in three weekend series, in a competition with a similar dynamic to the World Rugby Series and with the same scoring system.
The tournament will also enable players to specialise and to join the national rugby sevens team in tip-top condition. Sevens is the rugby variant played in the Olympic Games. In their first participation, in Rio 2016, The Lionesses 7s obtained an Olympic diploma.