Euro sports stars bound for Strathclyde Park

Thousands of spectators enjoyed the Commonwealth Games triathlon at Strathclyde Park
Thousands of spectators enjoyed the Commonwealth Games triathlon at Strathclyde Park

Strathclyde Park is set for a return to the international spotlight after several sports got together to announce a major new European event.

It will host rowing and triathlon at the first European Sports Championships in the summer of 2018.

The news follows the huge success of the triathlon at the park during last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow and Berlin are the co-hosts for the European Sports Championships which are expected to attract a television audience of around 850 million.

The governing bodies of some of the top European sports have come together to create the event which will replace their individual championships.

Around 2,900 athletes will come to Scotland to compete. As well as the rowing and triathlon, swimming and cycling will be held in Glasgow while athletics will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. There is also a chance that golf will take place at Gleneagles.

The opening ceremony will take place in Glasgow’s George Square and the city will host a European Cultural Festival.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of environmental services for North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We’re proud to play our part in this inaugural European Sports Championships.

“Strathclyde Country Park is a world-class watersports venue and we are excited to be hosting the rowing and triathlon competitions.

“We will be ready to welcome nearly 800 athletes and thousands of spectators from around Europe as we showcase the park and North Lanarkshire to a huge television audience and build on our legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”

North Lanarkshire hosted the individual and mixed team triathlon competitions for the Commonwealth Games, with nearly 50,000 spectators flocking to Strathclyde Park to watch the action.

Councillor McKenna added: “The benefits of being able to host these events are clear - a boost for the local economy through tourists and visitors, and the opportunity to showcase North Lanarkshire to a global audience.”