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:
- 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.
2016 SAILING SEASON
The current season activity calendar which kicked off in Valencia with the Spanish Paralympic Class Championship, includes an exciting participation in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Fourth Iberdrola Paralympic Sailing Circuit, which has been won for the second year on a row by Antonio Maestre, and the Sixth Iberdrola International Trophy in Valencia, where the yatchsman Rafa Andarias got the gold medal.