21 Dec 2017

2017 Review: Action-packed year as preparations ramp up for first multi-sport European Championships

It has been a very busy year for Glasgow and Berlin ahead of the first multisport European Championships in August 2018. We bring you some of the highlights of an exciting 2017.

January

GLASGOW 2018 VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT LAUNCHED
Glasgow 2018 started the process of recruiting volunteers for the multi-sport European Championships.

February

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS BOARD AGREES 2018 MULTI-SPORT PROGRAMME
The 2018 European Championships Board finalised the sports programme, a compelling 10-day television schedule starting on Friday 3 August. The sports competition begins with one day of qualifications Thursday 2 August, and runs through till Sunday 12 August.

GLENEAGLES NAMED AS OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OF GLASGOW 2018
Gleneagles was unveiled as an Official Supporter of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – an event that will see Gleneagles make golfing history as host of the first ever European Golf Team Championships.

BERLIN 2018 PROMOTIONAL FILM "URBAN RECORDS" WOWS AUDIENCES
The promotional film for the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, ‘Urban Records’, premiered in the German capital in the presence of a star-studded audience from the world of sport, including tennis legend Boris Becker.

March

EUROPE’S ELITE ROWERS SET FOR GLASGOW 2018 AFTER HOST CITY AGREEMENT WITH WORLD ROWING FEDERATION
Sports fans could look forward to cheering on Europe’s finest rowers at Strathclyde Loch next year after a Host City Agreement was formally signed between Glasgow 2018 and the World Rowing Federation, FISA.

SCOTTISH LAW FIRM HARPER MACLEOD APPOINTED AS LEGAL ADVISER TO GLASGOW 2018
Leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod again made a splash in the world of sports law after being appointed Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

500 DAYS TO GO: IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT’S A MATTER OF MOMENTS
Get ready Glasgow and March! March saw the 500 days to go marker until the European Championships.

SEARCH ON TO FIND ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS TO BE FACE OF GLASGOW 2018
Applications officially opened with volunteers set to play an essential role in the experience offered to athletes, officials, media and spectators as they visit Glasgow and Scotland next year.

GLASGOW AND BERLIN OUTLINE TALE OF TWO CITIES AT EBU SPORTS ASSEMBLY
Co-hosts Glasgow and Berlin brought to life the 2018 European Championships for the continent’s free-to-air broadcasters with a tale of two cities at the EBU Sports Assembly on Thursday in Prague.

GLASGOW 2018 INUNDATED BY PUBLIC RESPONSE TO CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Organisers of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships were inundated by the public response after an incredible 2,150 people applied to be part of the volunteer team in the first 24 hours of the recruitment campaign.

April

GLASGOW TO MAKE CYCLING HISTORY AT ACTION-PACKED EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Glasgow was set to become the first city in the world to simultaneously stage four Olympic discipline cycling championships within its city boundaries following a Host City Agreement between the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and the Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC).

BERLIN 2018 VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION OPENS
The European Athletics Championships started the search for 2,000 volunteers.

SCC EVENTS TO ORGANISE THE BERLIN 2018 OUT-OF-STADIA EVENTS
SCC Events were appointed as the organisers of the five out-of-stadia events – the race walking and marathon races – at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships.

May

BROADCASTERS AND PARTNERS GATHER AT GLASGOW SUMMIT TO KICK OFF PLANS FOR COMPELLING 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TV COVERAGE
International Broadcasters came together to meet with Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC), Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin, and the seven participating European Sports Federations for a World Broadcaster Briefing.

June

TICKETS FOR SPECTACULAR GLASGOW 2018 GO ON SALE AS SWIMMER ROSS MURDOCH NAMED OFFICIAL AMBASSADOR
Tickets for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships went on sale with attendances of around 250,000 expected at venues in Glasgow and Scotland next year.

July

GLASGOW 2018 ANNOUNCES £750,000 INVESTMENT IN SCOTLAND'S ARTISTS AND ORGANISATIONS
A fund of up to £750,000 was opened to artists, arts organisations and groups who wanted to apply to be part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships’ cultural festival.

MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS CARRIED OUT AT STRATHCLYDE PARK AHEAD OF GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
One of the key competition venues at the heart of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – Strathclyde Park – received £680,000 worth of improvements to ensure continues to host world-class rowing events for years ahead and the work was completed in July.

August

BRITISH GYMNASTICS GOLDEN BOY MAX WHITLOCK UNVEILED AS GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS OFFICIAL AMBASSADOR
Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion gymnast, Max Whitlock MBE, was named as an official ambassador for Glasgow 2018.

MEET THE GLASGOW 2018 MASCOT: BONNIE. ONE YEAR TO GO
Bonnie the Seal was unveiled as the new face of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, exactly one year to go until the new must-attend, must-watch event which will see more than 3,000 of the best athletes on the continent compete in a range of venues in Scotland and 1,500 compete in Berlin.

BROADCASTERS REVEAL AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR BERLIN-GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
BBC and ARD-ZDF representatives gave a glimpse into their large-scale broadcast plans for the first multisport European Championships at a special event to mark the one-year-to-go countdown.

OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE UNVEILED FOR BERLIN-GLASGOW 2018
The official opening title sequence for the inaugural multisport European Championships was unveiled at a special media event organised by 2018 co-hosts Glasgow and Berlin.

October

AVID GRAPHICS SOLUTIONS SELECTED BY GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TO DELIVER CAPTIVATING VIEWER EXPERIENCE
As an Official Supporter of the inaugural 2018 European Championships, Avid’s state-of-the-art broadcast graphics solutions will be used to engage viewers with powerful visual storytelling.

NINETY THOUSAND TICKETS SOLD FOR BERLIN 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
With 300 days to go until the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, the local organising committee announced that 90,000 tickets had already been sold.

GLASGOW AND BERLIN COME TOGETHER TO HOST 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WORLD BROADCASTER MEETING
Representatives from some of Europe’s leading broadcasters met in Glasgow and Berlin for a World Broadcaster Meeting ahead of the 2018 European Championships to learn more about the ongoing preparations for the inaugural multisport event.

GERMAN PRESIDENT STEINMEIER ANNOUNCED AS BERLIN 2018 PATRON
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was confirmed as the patron of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships.

November

CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON GLASGOW BMX CENTRE
Construction work got underway on a new £3.7 million Olympic standard BMX track being built in Glasgow ahead of the 2018 European Championships.

SCOTTISH ICT SPECIALIST NVT GROUP JOINS ROSTER OF GLASGOW 2018 SPONSORS
Leading Scottish ICT specialist, NVT Group, was announced as the Official Networks and Network Integration Services Supporter of Glasgow 2018.

PEOPLE FROM ACROSS SCOTLAND ANSWER CALL TO VOLUNTEER
The Glasgow 2018 volunteer centre was officially opened, as recruitment of more than 3,000 volunteers gathered pace after almost 10,000 people put themselves forward to become the welcoming face of the new multi-sport event.

AGGREKO TO POWER THE GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Scotland-based Aggreko was announced as Official Temporary Power Supporter for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

December

GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS INVESTS £750,000 IN SCOTLAND’S CULTURAL BRILLIANCE
The 34 individual artists and organisations awarded their share of £750,000 were announced, as the first faces of an inclusive and innovative programme of dance, film, music, visual art, theatre and literature taking place in Scotland next year as part of Festival 2018.