WOMEN'S UNIVERSE TOUR

The Women's Universe Tour gives returns with an attractive television proposal

This year's edition of the Women's Universe Tour has moved to television as a consequence of the new social and sports reality that has emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This version is broadcast on Teledeporte and includes participation from athletes such as Ona Carbonell, Ruth Beitia, Jennifer Pareja, Teresa Portela, Sara Hurtado, Teresa Perales and the Calvo sisters, among others.

Over three consecutive weekends — the last of September and the first two of October great names in women's sports will reflect and offer advice on the main challenges and circumstances that occur in the world of women's sports. The Universo Mujer Tour also uncovers the daily work of athletes, accompanying them during work, leisure time and competition, revealing what they sacrifice to achieve a goal.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Women's Universe program of the Spanish National Sports Council and the Young Sports Foundation, of which Iberdrola is the main promoter, has decided to adapt its project to a new audiovisual and digital format, while maintaining its usual objectives: to promote the presence of women in the world of sport, to project the image that women have as an active and fundamental part of sport in Spain and to recognise their efforts and successes.

In the previous episodes — broadcast on 20 June, 27 June and 4 July — athletes such as Carolina Marín (badminton), Sandra Sánchez (karate), Amanda Sampedro (football), Eva Moral (triathlon), Teresa Díaz (fencing), Desiré Vila (athletics) and Silvia Arderius (handball), among others, lead training sessions, take part in challenges, participate in forums and share experiences in the world of fitness or lifestyle together with role models in these disciplines.

The Women's Universe Tour is being broadcast on its usual digital and Teledeporte channels in six chapters, which include different women's competitions of the 16 federations promoted by Iberdrola: football, badminton, handball, volleyball, rugby, triathlon, canoeing, gymnastics, athletics, hockey, karate, surfing, table tennis, athletics, boxing and ice sports.

OTHER STOPS ON THE TOUR IN 2020

 Pontevedra (6, 7 and 8 March 2020)

On Friday 6 March, the main representatives of women's sport at both national and regional level discussed women's sport today at the Women's Universe Forum.

On Saturday 7 March, Pontevedra's Plaza de España played host to a series of activities for all participants to enjoy. The activities were ran by the 16 Spanish federations promoted by Iberdrola through the Women's Universe program. Each one had its own information booth and a 3000 square metre activity area, where participants could try out the different disciplines completely free of charge, as well as enjoying displays relating to local clubs and athletes. Meanwhile, the free fitness marathon offered outdoor group classes in zumba, aerobics, dance, spinning, etc. courtesy of local schools and gyms.

The Pontevedra Fit for Equality Race was held on Sunday 8th March. It took the form of a charity race for all, the proceeds of which were donated in full to the charity Fademur Galicia.

10,000 ASSISTANTS IN EACH STOP

The tour visited 16 Spanish cities in 2017, 2018 and 2019 (Castellón, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao, Málaga, Burgos, Valladolid, Valencia, Murcia, Sevilla, Santander, Zaragoza, Gijón, Oviedo, Granada, Cáceres and Huelva) 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.