FIRST IBERDROLA SUPERA AWARDS WINNERS

The Iberdrola SuperA Awards reward six projects for their work in promoting gender equality through sport

The promotion of women's sport and inclusion is the common denominator of the six winners of the Iberdrola SuperA Awards, launched by the company to recognise sports projects and initiatives carried out in Spain in favour of gender equality and the empowerment of women through sport.

Out of a total of 400 applications, the Jury of Honor — made up of thirteen sports figures — has selected the projects MAAVI Foundation Football Club (Andalusia), Gender Equality Promotion (Castilla y León), Woman, life and sport (Zaragoza), Mucho por hacer (Castilla-La Mancha), FUTFEM.COM and Juntas Venceremos.

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 25 November 2020 in a ceremony broadcast via streaming.

The Iberdrola SuperA Awards reward those activities or projects that encourage women to take part in sport, increase their visibility, improve logistics and facilities, promote work-life balance and create new role models.

MEET THE SIX AWARDEES

The six winning entries focus on women and are related to grassroots sport, participation in competitions, social integration, inclusiveness, raising visibility and solidarity projects during COVID-19. Each one of them was awarded with a prize of 50,000 euros.

Meet the winners and finalists:

 Iberdrola SuperA Social - MAAVI Foundation Football Club

MAAVI Foundation Club de Fútbol (Roquetas de Mar, Almería) is a football club for girls between the ages of 4 and 17, which aims to end inequality in the area, where the percentage of immigration is very high, through football. It does so through four legs: sport, nutrition, education and social and labour integration.

The Social category — which received 48 applications — rewards that activity, project and/or programme that promotes the social integration of women through the playing of sport.

The finalist was Escuela Femenina Servalabari (Sevilla), a football club with a social intervention project in the neighbourhood of Las Tres Mil Viviendas to work on gender equality.

 Iberdrola SuperA Base - Fomento Igualdad de Género

Promotion of Gender Equality in the practice of sport at an early age in educational centres (Castile and Leon) is a project in schools of the Asociación de Federaciones Deportivas de Castilla y León (Association of Sports Federations of Castile and Leon) — in collaboration with the Social Services management and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Castilla y León — to encourage the practice of sport by girls aged 11 and 16. It has a team of ambassadors — female athletes of international renown — who serve as a reference for future generations, and aims to reach 3,000 schoolchildren.

The Base category — with 97 entries — rewards that activity, project and/or programme that stands out for the promotion of grassroots sport among girls (up to 16 years old) for the improvement of health, integration and quality of life.

The finalist was No solo es fútbol — It's not just football (Fuenlabrada, Madrid), of the Fuenlabrada Atlantis sports club, which wants to create an academy to promote the balance between sport and academic performance.

 Iberdrola SuperA Competition - Mujer, vida y deporte. Todas somos hockey

Pilaricas VACH (Zaragoza) is a hockey club founded and made up of mothers of infantile players, who already got two teams in national competitions. With Mujer, vida y deporte. Todas somos hockey (Woman, life and sport. We are all hockey) they aim to consolidate these two teams, as well as improve their conditions (get light, irrigation and improvement of their facilities).

The Competition category — 110 entries — rewards that activity, project and/or programme that facilitates the inclusion of women in the competition.

Equipo Femenino de Triatlón CAPEX (Badajoz) was finalist. It is a triathlon club, belonging to the CAPEX sports club, which seeks to consolidate the women's team in order to access national competitions.

 Iberdrola SuperA Outreach - Futfem.com

Futfem.com, born in 2003, is the oldest Spanish-speaking sports journalism portal for women's football outreach. With this award they want to go pro and obtain sufficient resources to cover the next international highlights in women's football, such as Euro 2022 and the 2023 World Cup in Australia.

The Outreach category — 110 entries — rewards that activity, project and/or programme which is a reference in the outreach of sport practised by women and contributes to transmitting the importance of the role of women in sport and society.

The Donosti Cup tournament (San Sebastián) was a finalist. It is Spain's largest international grassroots football tournament, with large female participation. The tournament has 13 categories and is open to players between the ages of 10 and 18.

 Iberdrola SuperA Inclusion - Mucho por hacer

Mucho por hacer — Much to do (Toledo) is a weightlifting programme by the Loida Zabala Association to train women with spinal cord injuries and different motor impairments. Its creator is the sportswoman Loida Zabala, 14 times Spanish champion and with three Paralympic diplomas.

The project will be developed at the National Hospital for Paraplegics (HNP) in Toledo, where rooms will be furnished with sports equipment to improve the physical situation of women with this injury and other motor disabilities.

The Inclusion category — 45 entries — rewards that activity, project and/or programme that is an example of inclusion in the practice of sport for athletes with special abilities.

The finalist project was Deporte y Mujer (Foothand), a Universal Accessibility Foundation programme to integrate and standardise the playing of sport among girls. It consists of the practice of football in a wheelchair among teams in which both people with reduced mobility and people with no mobility issues may participate.

 Iberdrola SuperA + - Juntas venceremos

During the COVID-19 crisis, 52 players from Primera Iberdrola, captained by Barcelona player Vicky Losada, launched Juntas venceremos (Together we will win), an online platform with the aim of raising funds for medical supplies and improving the conditions of healthcare personnel who day by day fight this pandemic.

The SuperA + category — 20 entries — rewards an activity, project and/or programme with charitable purposes, developed during the COVID-19 pandemic by athletes, federations or other entities related to sports activity.

Finalist was DeporteNAS, a programme of the Spanish Psychological Association Specialising in High Sensitivity (PAS España) for psychological help for sportswomen and girls following the COVID-19 pandemic.

PANEL

The candidatures were selected by a Honorary Panel of Judges made up of 13 leading figures in Spanish sport which included eight women and five men:

  • Amanda Sampedro, captain of the Atlético de Madrid women's team and the Spanish national team.
  • Carolina Marín, first Spanish badminton player named number 1 in the history of the sport.
  • Conchita Martínez, former tennis player and former captain of the Spanish women's and men's tennis teams.
  • Javier Fernández, best skater in Spanish history.
  • Jesús Carballo, former gymnast and president of the Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation.
  • Manu Carreño, sports journalist.
  • Marta Arce, paralympic judoka.
  • Paloma del Río, commentator of rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, artistic skating and equestrianism competitions broadcast on TVE. She is currently a Coordinator of Sponsorships and Federations.
  • Sandra Sánchez, karate player, number 1 in the WFK world ranking.
  • Silvia Navarro, captain of the Spanish handball team.
  • Talant Dujshebaev, one of the best handball players of all time.
  • Teresa Perales, paralympic swimmer.
  • Vicente del Bosque, football coach and former national team manager.

In total, more than 400 applications were received from associations, clubs and national and regional sports federations, schools, colleges and public or private entities that have developed or are currently managing a sports career or a project aligned with the objectives of the awards.

The Iberdrola SuperA Awards are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations for 2030, specifically with 5 (Gender equality and empowerment of women) and goal 3 (Health and well-being).