Edinburgh’s Events Champion, Cllr Steve Cardownie, today (29th April) joined leading Olympic and Commonwealth lady archers in Princes Street Gardens to announce that Edinburgh will host the Archery World Cup in 2010, the first UK city to do so.  

The Council is expected to rubber stamp the capital’s support for the event at its Culture and Leisure Committee meeting on 6th May.

The World Cup, which will take place over the weekend of 17–18 September 2010 in East Princes Street Gardens, is expected to attract thousands of spectators. There will also a series of ‘come and try’ events to encourage participation in the sport. 

The City of Edinburgh Council, Event Scotland, UK Sport, ArcheryGB and the Scottish Archery Association have all been involved in discussions with FITA, the world governing body for archery, to bring the event to Edinburgh, and the UK, for the first time. Contracts between all parties were signed on 23 April.

This tournament is the culmination of five World Cup heats staged in various cities across the globe during 2010. It will feature the top 32 archers in the world and will be televised and broadcast internationally.