Gymnastics and Golf are to join the prestigious line up for the European Sports Championships as organisers set the date for Glasgow and Berlin in 2018, it was announced today.
The two new additions complete the impressive roster for Scotland alongside Aquatics, Cycling, Rowing and Triathlon. Berlin will also host the 2018 European Athletics Championships as part of the inaugural event.
The dates of for the event were confirmed today as the 1st to 12th August 2018, just four years after Glasgow staged what were widely regarded as the best ever Commonwealth Games in 2014.
The new sporting partnership will create a strong multi-sport event on the world stage, attracting a projected television audience of around 850 million and an even wider audience via multiple digital platforms.
Following the decision of the European Sports Championships 2018 Board today, the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be staged in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro, currently the venue for the 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scotland’s Dan Purvis hailed the return of another world-class gymnastics event to Glasgow.
The brand new European Golf Team Championships will take place at Scotland’s prestigious Gleneagles, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
This innovative new approach by the sports’ governing bodies brings six existing European Championships together with the new Golf event in a sustainable format once every four years to continue to build their prestige, profile and media exposure.
Around 3025 athletes will come to Scotland as part of a total delegation of around 8500 including officials, media and others. A further 1500 athletes will compete in Berlin.
Funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, the new event will be run in partnership and allow Glasgow and Scotland to continue to build on the economic and sporting legacy achieved by staging the Commonwealth Games. With a cultural, tourism and sporting partnership also planned with Berlin, Glasgow will be promoted across Europe as a tourist and business destination.
With sport now contributing more than £360m of added value to the Glasgow economy and tourism bringing £495m a year to the city, attracting events of this calibre has become key to the city’s economic success. As well as Glasgow’s businesses enjoying a direct economic impact of more than £200m over the period of the Commonwealth Games, around 6000 young people gained jobs or apprenticeships as part of Games legacy and sport now supports around 10,000 jobs in the city.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the consortium for the continent’s public service free-to-air broadcasters including the BBC, will be the broadcast partner for the combined championships, which are expected to generate more than 2750 hours of programming across Europe’s biggest broadcasters.
The Gymnastics event will include both the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Championships with around 600 athletes competing in Glasgow over six days.
The Golf event will be staged over five days and include men’s team, women’s team and mixed team competition. Two male and female athletes per nation will participate, with the top 16 European nations included.
Commonwealth Games, gold silver and bronze, medal winner, Scotland's Dan Purvis, said: "Glasgow is showing exactly what it is capable of during the current FIG World Championships at the SSE Hydro and did so during the 2014 Commonwealth Games but it can now look ahead to 2018 and the excitement of the inaugural European Sports Championships."
Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Government Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: “The European Sports Championships is shaping up to be a tremendous event for Scotland and Scottish sport. It’s great news that two more sports have been added to the roster.
“There is no better place than Scotland to play and watch golf. I’m delighted that Gleneagles has been chosen as the venue for the inaugural European Golf Team Championship. If last year’s Ryder Cup is anything to go by, it promises to be a fantastic event and a great showcase for what Scotland has to offer.
“I’m also delighted to be able to welcome another major gymnastics event to Scotland. This is a growing sport, and hosting major competitions like this will only help to build interest in gymnastics in this country.”