Briggs calls for complimentary tickets for young people to attend European Championships
Lothians MSP Miles Briggs has called for complimentary tickets to be made available to schools and youth groups so that they can watch August’s European Championship.
This is the inaugural year for the European Championship that will be held across the two host cities Glasgow and Berlin. The new Championship is an amalgamation of several existing championships. Glasgow will hold the swimming, cycling, rowing, triathlon and gymnastics events. There will also be diving in Edinburgh and golf at Gleneagles golf course. The European Athletics Championships will be held in Berlin.
Fifty-two countries will compete at the European Championships in Glasgow, with over 3,000 athletes and 3,000 volunteers taking part.
Miles Briggs said: “This is a significant boost to Glasgow and Scotland’s profile and reputation as a host destination of choice for major sporting events.
“As a Lothian MSP I am personally delighted that the diving competition will take place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool here in Edinburgh.
“This Championship is an excellent opportunity to inspire a new generation of young people in Scotland. I urge Ministers to ensure that as many primary and secondary school pupils as possible are given the opportunity to enjoy the competitions.
“I have asked Ministers to set out their plans to ensure that Scotland’s young people can benefit as much as possible from what is such a major international sporting event taking place on our doorstep. I believe that helping our youngsters to watch the Championship in person will create an active legacy of encouraging more people to participate in sport and exercise.
“Volunteers will play an integral role in the running of running of the European Championship and strategy should be put in place to facilitate the retention of these volunteers in community sports and activities.
“Finally, I would like to wish all the athletes that make up Team GB the very best for a successful Championship.”