SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday 23 December 2016


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European Championships Management would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Festive Season and a Happy New Year.

It has been an exciting year for the European Championships as we all work towards the inaugural edition of the multi-sport event in Glasgow and Berlin in August 2018.

Across two of Europe’s leading sporting and cultural cities, we will bring together the existing European Championships of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, and introduce a new golf team championship onto the European stage.

There have been number of milestones this year for the European Championships. Here are some of the highlights:

Unifying & vibrant brand unveiled

Ross Murdoch Brand Launch

Ross Murdoch at Brand Launch Event - SSE Arena, Glasgow

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The unifying and vibrant European Championships brand was launched by the participating sports in February this year.

The dynamic Mark of a Champion is the star-like logo representing the vision at the heart of the multi-sport championships brand – to create a must-attend, must-watch experience that elevates the status of European Champions.

The inspiring shapes and colours of the logo - created in partnership by the sports, Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin and broadcast partner the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - come together to represent the defining moments that create champions.

Great Britain swimmer Ross Murdoch helped launch the brand at an event in Glasgow. He spoke of his “golden moment” when he won Commonwealth Games gold in the pool in 2014 in Glasgow and said he couldn’t wait for the prospect of another chance to be a champion as part of a multi-sport event in front of a home crowd.

Europe’s free-to-air broadcasters on-board

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In April, it was announced that all of Europe’s major free-to-air broadcasters will televise the inaugural European Championships in 2018.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which holds the broadcast rights on all platforms, confirmed coverage across the top five markets, BBC in the United Kingdom, ARD/ZDF in Germany, France Televisions in France, RAI in Italy and TVE in Spain.

To date, over 35 EBU members have now signed up to show the first edition, with the broadcasters in all five major markets promising to show the action “on their main channels.”

Other EBU members already signed up include VRT (Belgium), HRT (Croatia), DT (Denmark), YLE (Finland), RTE (Ireland), NOS (Netherlands), NRK (Norway), TVP (Poland), SRG SSR (Switzerland), and SVT and TV4 (Sweden).

The level of coverage for the inaugural European Championships is also enhanced by a deal with Eurosport.

The 2018 European Championships will be watched by a potential television audience of 1.03 billion, with many more opportunities to access content across digital and radio platforms. There will be a projected 250 hours of host broadcaster coverage, and an anticipated 2,700 hours of television coverage.

European Federations begin host selection process for 2022

The European Sports Federation members of the European Championships Board in September announced the start of the host venue selection process for the summer 2022 edition of the multi-sport event.

The first step in the bidding process for 2022 was the distribution of the official Bid Information Document to interested parties, with a preliminary questionnaire to be submitted by the end of 2016. The participating European Sports Federations will announce the 2022 hosts in November 2017.

European Championships Board meetings

Board Meeting Berlin

13th June 2016 - European Championships 2018 Board Meeting, Berlin

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The 2018 European Championships Board met three times this year, in Glasgow in February, Berlin in June and Rome in October. The next Board meeting will be Geneva in February 2017.

The European Championships is collectively run by the participating European Sports Federations and all decisions are made by the European Championships Board, which is jointly chaired by European Athletics and LEN.  Each Federation is independently responsible for their own sport within the concept and all decisions to participate are taken in full compliance with the decision-making processes and governance rules of each Federation.

The Federations have brought together their existing senior European Championships in order to protect and enhance their rich history and heritage, which dates back to 1893 in the case of rowing, 1926 for swimming and 1934 for athletics.

European Championships website relaunched

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Want to find out more about the multi-sport European Championships? Go to the website we relaunched in September at www.europeanchampionships.com and follow us on Twitter @Euro_Champs.  #TheMoment is Coming!

Berlin Christmas ticket offer

Berlin Stadium

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Following the successful launch of ticket sales for the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships in August, the Berlin organising committee made sure Christmas came a little early with a great ticket and hotel offer on sale until the end of the year. The offer, aimed at the athletics community, as well as fans of city trips, has the following included:

  • 2 nights in a twin room
  • in a 3- to 5-star hotel
  • including breakfast
  • + 1 ticket (category 3) for two consecutive evening sessions each (day of arrival + following day)
  • for a price starting at €119 per person

The offer is available only until 31 December 2016.

Around 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin through 7-12 August when the European Athletics Championships is held in 2018 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, with the championship road races and race walking events taking place in the city.

To take advantage of this great offer, click here (information in German).

Glasgow/Berlin 2018

In the summer of 2018 Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.

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Tickets

Tickets for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships will go on sale in summer 2017. You can register here for ticket updates. Berlin 2018 European Championships are already on sale.

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