The Iberdrola Supera awards, endowed with 300,000 euros to continue promoting gender equality through sport, open today
Iberdrola incorporates in its third edition of the Supera Awards an award on Mental Health in Sport
• The Awards will recognise projects related to grassroots sport, incorporation into competition, social integration, inclusion, dissemination and visibility, and mental health care
• The Iberdrola Supera Awards contribute to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for 2030
Iberdrola has just opened the call for the 3rd Edition of the Iberdrola Supera Awards, which will recognise the best projects in favour of gender equality and women's excellence through sport, to which it has added a new category focused on mental health.
In total, the awards will recognise projects in six categories endowed with 50,000 euros each. The initiatives are related to the promotion of grassroots sport among girls up to the age of 16 (Supera Base); helping the incorporation of women into competition (Supera Competition); the inclusion of women with special abilities in sport (Supera Inclusion); the integration of women into society through sport (Supera Social); increasing the visibility of women's sport (Supera Dissemination); and mental health care in sport (Supera Mental Health).
For the Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, "the Iberdrola Supera awards have established themselves as an excellent platform for raising awareness and supporting equality and the promotion of women through sport. We received many nominations in the first two editions, which shows us that initiatives like this are still very necessary and encourages us to continue supporting them".
Nominations may be submitted until 31 May and the awards are open to federated sportspeople, sports associations and clubs, national or regional federations, schools, institutes and other public or private entities with tax domicile in Spain. In October, a Jury of Honour, made up of renowned personalities from the world of sport, will select the winning projects.
More than 700 applications in 2021
The 2021 edition received more than 700 applications from associations, sports clubs and federations, schools, institutes and public or private entities that manage projects aligned with the objectives of the awards.
Among them, the winners were the projects of the Donosti CUP in the World Foundation (Basque Country); Club de Gimnasia Acrobática Baruca (Andalusia); Club Deportivo Bolaños (Castilla La Mancha); Las Libélulas (Navarre), Escuela de Ciclismo Adaptado (Valencia) and Días de las Aguas Limpias, of the Real Federación Española de Piragüismo (Royal Spanish Canoeing Federation).
The Iberdrola Supera Awards are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for 2030, specifically with Goal 5 (Gender equality and empowerment of women).
Iberdrola, a pioneer in promoting sport for women
The promotion of sport by women has become a key lever for Iberdrola and the promotion of real equality between men and women, one of its core values. In 2016, Iberdrola became the first company to make a firm and global commitment to equality and the empowerment of women through sport.
The company currently supports 32 federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports, fencing, underwater activities, bowling, winter sports, weightlifting, judo, Olympic wrestling, mountaineering and climbing, swimming, skating, pelota, rowing, squash, taekwondo, tennis, archery and sailing. It also gives its name to 32 leagues, all of them at the highest level, and to 75 other competitions.
In parallel, Iberdrola's contribution of resources, facilities, medical services and referees and the promotion and sponsorship of initiatives has not only helped to increase the number of members in the aforementioned disciplines -to over 600,000-, but is also enabling Spanish elite athletes who have developed their sporting careers in other countries to return to compete in Spain, helping to increase the level and visibility of national competitions.