The Iberdrola SuperA Awards expand their reach for projects undertaken during the COVID-19 crisis
Iberdrola has decided to expand the scope of its Iberdrola SuperA Awards by creating the New Iberdrola SuperA+ category. It will recognize and support the best charitable initiative that has been undertaken during the COVID-19 crisis by athletes, federations or other organisations related to the world of sport.
Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, the company has made it a priority to protect the health and safety of all its employees, ensure supply and continue to contribute to society, through boosting the economy and employment in all the communities in which it is present.
In this vein, and in order not to leave aside sports projects and initiatives that promote the sport practiced by women, Iberdrola has decided to go ahead with the first in a new category of these awards, which aims to become a benchmark in gender equality in sports.
Iberdrola is, thus, adding the SuperA+ category to the other five initially contemplated in the call for entries to the Iberdrola SuperA Awards and it will also be endowed with a prize of 50, 000 euros.
In addition, all the categories share the ultimate goal of recognizing and giving visibility to the best initiatives launched in Spain to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women through the practice of sports:
• Iberdrola SuperA Base: will recognize programmes focused on promoting grassroots sport among girls and on improving their health, social integration and quality of life.
• Iberdrola SuperA Competition: will support initiatives that promote the inclusion of women in competitions.
• Iberdrola SuperA Inclusion: will recognize projects that are an example and reference in the field of the integration of women athletes with special needs.
• Iberdrola SuperA Social: will reward actions that promote the social integration of girls and/or women through practicing sport.
• Iberdrola SuperA Dissemination: will support plans that have become a reference for the dissemination and visibility of sport practiced by women and that contribute to conveying the importance of the role of women in sport and in society.
Iberdrola has also decided to extend the deadline for the submission of entries until 31 August. Projects can now be submitted through the website www.premiosiberdrolasupera.es by natural persons, legal entities, associations, clubs and national and autonomous region sports federations; schools, colleges and other public or private entities that have undertaken or are currently managing a sports activity or a project in line with the objectives of these awards.
The final judgement will be made by an honorary jury, composed of renowned personalities from the sports world, after a first evaluation by a technical commission appointed by Iberdrola. The winners will be announced at the Iberdrola SuperA Awards, scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
With these awards, the company is able to advance its strong commitment to United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, gender equality.
IBERDROLA, PIONEER IN PROMOTING WOMEN'S SPORT
Promoting women's sport has become a key tool for Iberdrola and the promotion of real equality between men and women has become one of its essential values.
In line with its commitment to SDG 5, in 2016, Iberdrola became the first company to make a firm and global commitment to women's equality and empowerment through sport. Iberdrola currently supports 16 federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing. Iberdrola also lends its name to 22 national top-tier sports leagues, and over 35 competitions.
In parallel, by contributing resources, facilities, medical services and officials, as well as the promoting and sponsoring various initiatives in this area the Iberdrola Group has not only helped to increase the number of federated members by 32% in the disciplines mentioned to over 316,000, but it is also allowing elite Spanish athletes who have had to move to other countries to now return to compete in Spain, helping to increase the level and visibility of national competitions.
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