PARALYMPIC SPORT (ADOP PLAN)
Working together for over ten years
Iberdrola has been linked to Paralympic sports for 12 years, cooperating closely with the Spanish Paralympic Committee as the top sponsor of the ADOP Plan, of which it has been a collaborator since its creation.
SCHOLARSHIPS IN SPAIN
Nine paralympic athletes studying at university in 2017-2018 will receive Fundación Iberdrola España scholarships, as agreed by the Iberdrola and Spanish Paralympic Committee Agreement monitoring committee. Five athletes will receive full scholarships, while the other four will split the amount.
The athletes must be beneficiaries of the ADOP Plan to be eligible. The grant of these scholarships by Fundación Iberdrola España is an extension of the company's support of Paralympic sports; Iberdrola has been the sponsor of the Spanish Paralympic Team via the ADOP Plan since its creation in 2005.
With these grants, Iberdrola helps achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations integrated in its corporate strategy. With the scholarships, the company gears its efforts towards complying with Goals 10 (reduced inequalities) and 4 (quality education).
RIO DE JANEIRO PARALYMPIC GAMES
The company was one of the first sponsors of the Spanish Paralympic Team in the fifteenth edition of the Summer Paralympic Games held in Rio between 7 and 18 September, 2016.
With the contribution of Iberdrola and all other collaborators of the 2013-2016 ADOP Plan, sportsmen and women received scholarships and grants to train, attend more sporting events and international competitions or hire specialised assistants, coaches, support staff, purchase specific sporting materials, hire medical services, etc.
The goal of this third ADOP Plan was associated with achieving the best possible results in the Olympic Games and in other important competitions, maintaining Spain at the forefront of sports for the disabled.
Through this partnership with the Spanish Paralympic Committee, we participate actively in various initiatives to support paralympic athletes:
- The Iberdrola event with Paralympic sportswomen, which was held in April 2018, was intended to highlight the values and experiences of female athletes with disabilities and promote women's sport through its success stories.
- Sponsorship of the Paralympic Sailing Team that participated in the Beijing 2008, London 2012 Games, where a paralympic sailing boat won a diploma for the first time in history, and Rio 2016.
- Fundación Iberdrola España scholarships for paralympic athletes studying at university. Granted since 2010, these scholarships contribute to improve the professional training of athletes with disabilities and facilitate their future integration into the labour market.
This promotion of paralympic sports was recognised with the Olimpia Award, one of the National Sports Awards granted each year by the Higher Sports Council.
THE TOKIO 2020 GAMES
In a meeting held between Ignacio Galán and the Spanish delegation of athletes who took part in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, the chairman of Iberdrola has confirmed that the company will be sponsoring sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The athletes who attended the meeting included the medallists Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo, who won silver in the super combined alpine skiing competition; Astrid Fina, who won bronze in cross-country snowboarding, and Víctor González, who was participating in his first Olympic Games in the snowboarding event and finished in twelfth place. Ignacio Galán took the opportunity to ratify Iberdrola's support for this sporting event, which it has been linked to for 12 years now.
2016 SAILING SEASON
The calendar of activities of the 2016 season, which started in Valencia with the Spanish Paralympic Class Championship, included the participation of the team in the Rio Paralympic Games, as well as the 4th edition of the Iberdrola Paralympic Sailing Circuit, which was won for the second year on a row by Antonio Maestre.