Europe's top synchronised swimmers set to make a splash at Scotstoun Sports Campus
Scotstoun Sports Campus in the west end of Glasgow is set to play host to Europe’s top synchronised swimmers next summer as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event that brings together some of the continent’s leading sports.
To be staged every four years, the European Championships will combine the existing European Championships of Athletics, Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with a new Golf team championships. The first edition will be held in 2018 in a unique sporting partnership between Host Cities Glasgow and Berlin.
This partnership will create a new event on the world stage elevating the status of European Champions and attracting a potential television audience of up to 1.03 billion across the continent, with a wider audience via digital platforms. Attendances across Glasgow 2018 are expected to be in the region of 250,000.
As part of the finalised Glasgow 2018 sports programme (2-12 August 2018) synchronised swimming will now take place at Scotstoun Sports Campus in Glasgow, allowing the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh to focus on delivering a world-class diving competition. The move means both diving and synchronised swimming will benefit from enhanced broadcast coverage.
The temporary pool will be located within the main leisure centre and have an estimated capacity for 800 spectators. It will be 25x20mx3m in dimension and take 330,000 gallons of water (2,640,000 pints) to fill ahead of competition.
The synchronised swimming competition will take place at Scotstoun between Friday 3and Tuesday 7August. Scotstoun has a proud track record of hosting major sporting events having been home to international athletics meetings, the IRB Rugby Sevens, the Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Badminton Championships and the table tennis and squash competitions of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is also home to the Glasgow Warriors professional rugby side.
However, the Glasgow 2018 European Championships will be the first time Scotstoun has hosted an international synchronised swimming competition further enhancing Glasgow’s reputation as a world leading sports city. Glasgow was named number 5 in the world at the 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sport Cities Awards.
Glasgow 2018 Championships Director, Colin Hartley, said: “Excitement is building ahead of the inaugural European Championships and there is no doubt that the synchronised swimming competition is one of the highlights of the sports programme. It will be an incredible showcase of athletic power and artistry.
“Scotstoun Sports Campus has been home to some fantastic international sporting events over the years but this will be a real first for the venue and for the city. It really will be something seeing Europe’s top swimmers in action in what will be a creative use of this world-class facility.”
The news has been welcomed by the ASA, the National Governing Body that leads on synchronised swimming. ASA England Programmes Synchronised Swimming lead, Karen Thorpe, said: “Synchro is a fantastic sport to watch. There is always so much energy, and with some of the best teams in the world placed in Europe and due to be competing at Glasgow 2018, the atmosphere is going to be incredible.
“It is great that the competition will be located at the Scotstoun Sports Campus as it will allow even more people to enjoy the sport live, as well as watching on TV. This will be the first time an aquatics event is held at the Campus and we are all excited about competing in a multi-sport event and showcasing the best European Synchro talent.”
The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will build on Glasgow and Scotland’s reputation for hosting world-class sporting and cultural events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.
As part of the inaugural European Championships in 2018 around 3,000 athletes will visit Scotland for six events (Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon) while a further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the European Athletics Championships.