British Gymnastics announced today that a bid has been submitted for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The event would be staged in Glasgow and held in the new Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) venue that will open in 2013 and host the Gymnastics competition for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The bid has been developed by the British Gymnastics with the support of UK Sport, Event Scotland and the City of Glasgow’s major event teams who are working together on the project. Jane Allen, Chief Executive Officer of British Gymnastics said: “This is an outstanding bid with both sport and government working together to secure this prestigious event for Glasgow. British Gymnastics is proud to be able to present such a high standard bid to the FIG and is confident that it will be received well by the FIG President Bruno Grandi and the FIG Council who will vote on the 2015 Host City in May 2011."
Esther Nicholls, Events Consultant for UK Sport, said: “UK Sport is committed to staging world class sporting events on home soil, using the catalyst of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 to establish the UK as the leading host of major international sporting events. Therefore we are delighted to be backing the bid to host the Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow in 2015, which will, if successful, provide a fantastic opportunity for British athletes to compete at home during the crucial qualification period for the 2016 Olympic Games, but also bring wider benefits to the local economy and for the profile of the sport in the UK.”
The bid team have already begun their campaign for support at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships that are currently taking place in Rotterdam (18-25 October). Today they are hosting a ‘Scottish-themed’ reception for top officials from each of the competing countries along with members of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) to spread the messages of a strong bid.
The partners feel that the impressive new venue and Scotland’s reputation in international events are very strong points for the voters to consider. The venue at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre will be one of the best in Europe and will not only have held the Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics competitions for the 2014 Commonwealth games, it will stage the finals of the netball at the Games and be used for test events ahead of this.
The reputation and experience of Scotland to deliver major events in a firm partnership is renowned across the world and is growing continually as the country attracts international events across a spectrum of sports and delivers them with great success. The location, infrastructure and the knowledge and expertise that exist in Scotland make it a perfect stage for sporting events and a great place to host athletes, officials and spectators.
The 2015 World Championships have been targeted as the show case event for the sport of gymnastics to demonstrate a legacy from the Commonwealth Games 2014 and it would bring the Olympic Games 2016 qualification event to Scotland for the first time. The winning country will be announced on 18- 20 May 2011, following an official presentation to the FIG Council.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said, “We are delighted to be part of the bid team for the World Artistic Gymnastics Competition 2015. Staging the event in Glasgow would build on the excitement and spectacle that will be created through the Commonwealth Games and give spectators the chance to witness top level gymnastics competition on their doorstep once again.
“Scotland has proven it is the perfect stage for international sporting events and with the strong governmental support and funding, this event could be a stand-out attraction in Scotland in 2015.”
The Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games Councillor Archie Graham, said: “It is an exciting time for sport in Glasgow and this is just the latest in a series of bids to bring major sporting events to the city. We have been hosting the Gymnastic Glasgow Grand Prix since 1997, showcasing our ability to successfully deliver high-profile events such as this. Glasgow will of course be the proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and staging the World Championships here in 2015 would allow us to build on the momentum that creates and deliver yet another world-class event.”
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships bid for 2015 is a joint effort between British Gymnastics, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Life, EventScotland and UK Sport to bring this major sporting event to Glasgow, post Commonwealth Games.
“Its significant audience reach and appeal to Glasgow’s key market territories means that there is a strategic fit for this event to come to the city.”