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  • 19 September 2014

    Glasgow's Hampden Park will be a host venue for EURO 2020

    The Scottish FA and the entire Glasgow UEFA Euro 2020 bid team are delighted that Hampden Park has been selected as a host city for the European Championships’ 60th anniversary.

    The UEFA Executive Committee convened in Geneva, Switzerland, today and awarded Glasgow and Hampden Park a Standard Package of three group-stage matches and one knockout phase match.

    It means the city of Glasgow and the national stadium will be one of 13 host city venues for the showpiece event, selected by the UEFA ExCo from 19 submissions from across Europe.

    The bid was collaborative effort involving the Scottish FA, Scottish Government, EventScotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Hampden Park Ltd.

    Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, believes the host city status will help realise the Association’s strategic plan, Scotland United: A2020 Vision.

    “It is wonderful news and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved from the outset of what has been a fantastic bid. I believe Glasgow and Hampden Park will throw a fitting birthday party for the European Championships and I know the whole country will make it an occasion to remember.

    “We have worked hard to establish our strategic plan and today’s announcement gives us a perfect platform on which to realise our ambitions. It would be great if Scotland can qualify for Euro 2020, playing in front of a full house at Hampden Park with a successful national team represented by graduates from our Performance Schools.

    “On the back of a hugely successful Commonwealth Games, and ahead of what will be a memorable Ryder Cup, I am delighted Scotland, Glasgow and Hampden Park will again look forward to being the focus of worldwide attention for Euro 2020.”

    Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), said: “Having delivered the best ever Commonwealth Games this summer, I am delighted that Glasgow has been selected as a host city for the UEFA European Championships in 2020.

    “Glasgow enjoys a proud reputation as one of the world’s great footballing cities and Hampden, in particular, has become a stadium familiar to football fans throughout Europe. We recognise the value of football and major sporting events and we have a fantastic track record in attracting and delivering some of the biggest global sporting championships; including the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals. We’re also ranked as one of the top 10 ultimate sports cities in the world, ahead of the likes of Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam.

    “Given the experience and expertise of our bid team – comprising the Scottish FA, Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Hampden Park Ltd – and the cross-party political support received from the UK Government, we were confident that our bid was a strong one. Now we’re ready to show that Glasgow and Hampden will provide a truly memorable backdrop to UEFA’s milestone 60th anniversary Euro celebration.

    "The city’s global profile has never been greater and today’s announcement provides the perfect platform to build on the sporting legacy created by the Commonwealth Games. It is a real opportunity to bring some of Europe’s top football stars to Glasgow, support our national game and benefit the local economy while showcasing the city to a huge global audience.”

    Welcoming the decision, Cabinet Secretary for Sport Shona Robison said: “EURO 2020 coming to Glasgow will be brilliant for football and for Scotland. Fans from across Europe will want to come here to soak up an amazing party atmosphere, while we’ll hear the ‘Hampden Roar’ just as loud in many different languages. Whichever teams make it, hundreds of thousands of fans will receive a great Scottish welcome.

    “I am sure this will give an added boost, if any were needed, to Scotland’s efforts to qualify for the tournament. Scotland is the perfect stage for major events and hosting four matches in Glasgow will also provide substantial economic benefits. We will continue to work closely with the Scottish FA and Glasgow City Council to help put on a spectacular football tournament.”

    Category: International Events

  • 18 September 2014

    Regan confident Hampden Park will be perfect venue for EURO 2020

    Stewart Regan believes the city of Glasgow has combined to produce an “excellent” bid to become a host city for UEFA Euro 2020; a celebration of the European Championships’ 60th anniversary.

    The Scottish FA Chief Executive flew out to Geneva, Switzerland, alongside the President, Campbell Ogilvie, ahead of Friday’s announcement by the UEFA Executive Committee.

    Nineteen National Associations have submitted a bid, with 13 host cities designated for either the Finals Package or Standard Package, which includes a quarter-final or round of 16 fixture.

    The Scottish FA’s bid for a Standard Package has been a multi-agency venture involving the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Hampden Park Ltd.

    The Chief Executive believes a mixture of Hampden Park’s rich history of European competition and the stadium’s recent successful hosting of the best-ever Commonwealth Games makes Glasgow and Scotland a reliable and rousing option for Euro 2020.

    “Firstly, we have every reason to be positive ahead of Friday’s announcement,” said Regan. “Hampden Park is synonymous with great moments in European football: from arguably the greatest game ever, between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt, in the 1960 European Championships, to arguably the greatest goal ever scored in the Champions League, by Zinedine Zidane for Real against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

    “On top of that, the stadium, the city and the country have vast experience in putting on world-class entertainment. The Commonwealth Games at Hampden have been hailed as the best ever and Scotland will shortly be hosting the Ryder Cup before a huge global television audience.

    “I am certain that the city of Glasgow and the National Stadium would provide an ideal venue for the European Championships’ 60th birthday party and I would like to thank everyone involved in putting this excellent bid together.”  

    Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Sport: “Best of luck to everyone in Switzerland as they look to secure Scotland’s place in the 60th anniversary of the Euro Championship. Scotland is a natural home for big events and Hampden is a special stadium with a long history in major footballing events.

    “Thanks to a strong collaborative effort between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, EventScotland, and the Scottish FA we have a strong bid that has an excellent chance of being successful. Only a short time ago we saw how working together brought the best Commonwealth Games ever to Scotland. Next week, as a country, we will be delivering a spectacular Ryder Cup. We will be using the same knowhow and passion to welcome fans from across Europe as part of EURO 2020.”

    Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), said: “Glasgow enjoys a proud reputation as one of the world’s great footballing cities and Hampden, in particular, has become a stadium familiar to football fans throughout Europe.

    “As a city, we recognise the value of football and major sporting events. We have a fantastic track record in attracting and delivering some of the biggest global sporting championships – from the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals to the best ever Commonwealth Games – and we’re ranked as one of the top 10 ultimate sports cities in the world, ahead of the likes of Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam.

    “In partnership with the Scottish FA and Scottish Government we’re ready to show that Glasgow and Hampden will provide a truly memorable backdrop to mark UEFA’s 60th anniversary EURO celebration. This is a real opportunity to bring some of Europe’s top footballing stars to Glasgow, support our national game and benefit the economy.”

    Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: "Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we have the capacity, capability and credibility to host the biggest properties in world sport. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games demonstrated Scotland's credentials on the international stage and we are set to welcome the world once more to the Ryder Cup in a little over one weeks' time.

    "Major brands understand the value of hosting events in Scotland, and we have a strong track record of successful activation through sponsorship and stand-alone events. Our venue infrastructure is complimented by our world-class accommodation, hospitality and leisure industries, which ensure we can offer the very best VIP and spectator experience. Football is at the heart of Scotland and Glasgow, as an iconic European city, would be a perfect host for UEFA Euro 2020."

    Category: International Events

  • 17 September 2014

    Four Scottish Clubs Win Ryder Cup ‘Ultimate Venue’ Status

    Four Scottish Golf Clubs have been rewarded for their efforts in building a legacy from The 2014 Ryder Cup by being awarded the title of Sky Sports ‘Ultimate Venues’.

    St Fillans in Perthshire, Lothians club Pumpherston, Sandyhills in Glasgow and North East club Inverurie have been selected from the country’s near 600 golf clubs thanks to going the extra mile to stage Ryder Cup activity and develop the game at local level.

    With Ryder Cup fever sweeping the nation ahead of next week’s contest at Gleneagles, clubs across Scotland are hosting numerous events, with the four clubs named ‘Ultimate Venues’ in conjunction with Sky Sports, the competition’s official broadcaster.

    Each winning club is to receive a state-of-the-art 3D TV for their clubhouse, ensuring their club is the alternative place to be for those not attending at Gleneagles in person.

    The Ryder Cup will also visit the four clubs, offering members and visitors the rare chance to have their photograph with the iconic trophy and attract more golfers to their club for the day.

    Earlier this year, the Scottish Golf Union (SGU), Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) and ClubGolf, in association with tourism agency VisitScotland, revealed that Scotland’s golf clubs would be given the opportunity to receive at least two tickets for The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, as well as the chance to be named an ‘Ultimate Venue’.

    The ‘Ryder Cup Ready’ toolkit provided clubs and ClubGolf facilities with a guide featuring ideas on how to maximise the countdown to Scotland’s first Ryder Cup in 41 years, including building junior membership, retaining members, generating more clubhouse revenue, attracting new golfers and increasing visitor numbers.

    Clubs were invited to apply for the tickets, which have been awarded by The Scottish Government as part of Scotland’s host nation allocation, based on running Ryder Cup-themed activity.

    St Fillans, a picturesque 9-hole club situated in Perthshire, grasped the initiative last year, hosting an inter-club Ryder Cup-style competition with near neighbours Comrie. The match was again held this season and has cemented relationships between the clubs and driven media coverage for the club.

    “We’re in Ryder Cup ‘county’, 20 miles from Gleneagles,” said Gordon Hibbert, Club Manager. “For us, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’ve sought to get into the Ryder Cup spirit as much as we can. It’s been good fun for both clubs, created excitement and a little bit of rivalry.”

    In the East of the country, Pumpherston are hosting a series of Ryder Cup events, rounding off a successful season which has seen 131 new members join the West Lothian club, aided by their work with the SGU & SLGA on Business Planning.

    “Last Saturday we held an informal Ryder Cup match with a local whisky company, 16-a-side, and then on the Sunday of The Ryder Cup we have a 50-a-side shotgun start, with Pumpherston Europe dressed in blue and Pumpherston America in red,” explains Richard Fyvie, General Manager.

    “Our caterers are then doing European and American menus, with a raffle draw every 30 minutes for Ryder Cup memorabilia. For the tickets the club received for The Ryder Cup through our work, we held a prize draw with £150 of the money raised going to The Seve Ballesteros Foundation, which for us was a nice Ryder Cup link too.”

    Over in the West, Sandyhills are hosting a Ryder Cup event for the third year in-a-row. A progressive club who have moved away from traditional methods, the day also involves two teams of 50, including men, women and juniors.

    At Inverurie, a club who have staged ClubGolf junior coaching since 2007, there is also a real Ryder Cup buzz. As well as an eagerly-awaited team match on the Sunday of The Ryder Cup, the club will be showing the live action from Sky Sports in the clubhouse, with special European and American menus for the week of the event.

    Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, lead agency for delivering The 2014 Ryder Cup on behalf of Scotland, said: “I’m delighted to see these four golf clubs, as well as many more throughout Scotland, participating in fantastic activity to celebrate and welcome The 2014 Ryder Cup.

    “It is vital that we use The Ryder Cup to build a strong and positive legacy of participation in the game and this kind of activity will help drive new interest in golf and hopefully translate into more members at clubs up and down the country.”

    Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union, added: “The SGU and SLGA would like to thank the golf clubs all across the country who have participated in Ryder Cup activity, capturing the spirit of the event during a wonderful time for Scottish golf.

    “We hope members and visitors alike have enjoyed taking part in events at local club level, helping leave a legacy of the Ryder Cup across Scotland. Well done to the four club winners, St Fillans, Pumpherston, Sandyhills and Inverurie.”

    Category: International Events

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