Swansea to host 2014 IPC European Athletics Championships
SWANSEA’S growing status as a European city of sport has received a massive boost after landing a major athletics event.
David Phillips, Leader of the Council, has welcomed news that the 2014 International Paralympic Committee Athletics European Championships is to take place in Swansea.
He said: “This is a huge boost for the profile of Swansea in Europe along with the Swans qualifying for the Europa League next season and the Ospreys’ competing in the Heineken Cup.
“The Council will be doing all it can to use the success of the Swans and the athletics championships to raise the profile of Swansea on a European stage and promote even more sports participation right across the city.”
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The Swans’ first season in the Premier League helped boost the local economy by £58m and helped create or protect around 340 jobs in Swansea thanks in part to the Council’s efforts to promote the city to visiting football fans.
The successful bid to host the championships was secured as a joint effort between the council, Swansea University, Welsh Government, Disability Sport Wales and British Athletics.
Hundreds of competitors and thousands of sports fans are expected to descend upon the city for the event.
Mr Phillips added: “Swansea hosted the New Zealand and Mexico Paralympic teams ahead of their participation in the London Paralympics last year and the feedback was very positive. Both teams were impressed by the warm welcome they received here and the support from organisations, volunteers and local communities. I am confident the whole city will be just as welcoming next year.”
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration also welcomed the news promising: “They will boost the local economy by attracting thousands of visitors and will strengthen Swansea’s profile as a city that’s capable of attracting, hosting and staging major sporting events.”