The Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) has chosen Glasgow as the location of its first conference to be held in Scotland.
The event, which will be held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) from July 7-10 2021, is expected to attract 3,000 delegates and contribute nearly £5m to the city’s economy.
The conference will follow on from a number of major sporting events programmed to take place in the city in the coming years, including the inaugural European Championships that will be co-hosted with Berlin in 2018, the European Indoor Athletics Championships in 2019 and the UEFA Euro 2020 football championships.
Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, commented: “Glasgow is recognised as one of the world’s top five sporting cities and we’re preparing to host a number of major sporting events over the next few years. It is fitting that ECSS, the leading association of sports scientists in Europe, has chosen Glasgow for its first ever visit to Scotland. We’re delighted to welcome the conference to Glasgow, which will reinforce our credentials as a world class sporting city and continue to build on our legacy of major sporting events.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and member of the city’s award-winning Conference Ambassador Programme, led Glasgow’s ECSS bid alongside the university’s School of Science and Sport.
The bid was supported by VisitScotland’s National Conference Bid Fund and secured through close collaboration between the university, Glasgow Convention Bureau, the SEC, VisitScotland and VisitBritain.
Commenting on the win, Neil Brownlee, head of business events at VisitScotland, said: “The decision by the ECSS to hold its annual congress in Glasgow is a reflection of both Scotland and the city’s academic credentials and our world-class conferencing facilities. Scotland has a strong reputation in the key sectors of sport science and medicine, and the SEC will provide an ideal environment for academics and industry professionals to share knowledge with international delegates.
“We are delighted to support the ECSS annual congress through VisitScotland’s National Conference Bid Fund. The benefits of conferences such as ECSS extend well beyond delegate spend, reinforcing Scotland’s expertise in key industries as well as leaving a lasting legacy on the city.”