Ambitions laid out to promote Global Britain by hosting world’s biggest sporting events

Published 4 October 2018

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UK Sport and its partners has outlined strategic plans to reinforce the country’s status as a world-leading host of major sporting events by releasing a list of potential hosting targets over the next two decades.

The events under consideration not only reflect the ambitions of the sector, but the desire to continue to position the UK on the world stage as a welcoming, active and global nation.

With England and Scotland already confirmed as hosts of the Euro 2020 Football Championships, and the English FA currently conducting feasibility work into the possibility of bidding to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, the next decade could start and finish with the UK hosting the two biggest events in the world’s most popular sport.

Fresh from British cyclists winning all three of the sport’s Grand Tours, consideration will also be given to hosting the starts of all three events in the next decade, in a sport which embodies the UK’s transformation into a globally successful sporting nation.

In addition to these and other mega event hosting opportunities, UK Sport’s programme of National Lottery funded events will seek to attract between 40-60 World and European events across Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports across the country by 2025.

The aspirational list will continue to be discussed and refined by sports, cities and UK Sport. These multi-tiered partnerships are fundamental to the UK’s success as a place to host incredible international sporting events. The programme of events has the potential to generate almost £2 billion of economic impact and could attract over 15 million spectators.

Events already secured include the 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup, 2019 Netball World Cup, 2019 Solheim Cup, Euro 2020 Football Championships, 2021 Rugby League World Cup, 2022 Commonwealth Games, and 2022 World Gymnastics Championships. There is also a live bid to host the 2021 UEFA Women’s Championships.

As the government’s specialist major events agency at the UK level, UK Sport shared the sector’s future hosting aspirations this week at the Event Partners workshop at Lord’s.

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The UK has consistently shown that we are a world-leading host of major sporting events. They enhance the country's reputation internationally, increase the profile of sport at home and bring a significant boost to the economy. UK Sport’s targets demonstrate our continued ambition to bring the best global sport events to the country and remain a trusted partner of the sporting world.”

Dame Katherine Grainger, UK Sport Chair, said: “With passionate spectators, a fantastic portfolio of international sporting venues and the drive to keep improving and innovating, the UK offers the complete package.

“We want to maintain our standing as a world leader in this area and our ambitious event strategy will help us do just that over the coming decades.”

International event hosting opportunities

This is a live and dynamic list of secured events and future hosting opportunities. The list covers significant itinerant international events (rather than annual international events based in the UK) and which have been discussed with UK Sport as events that are of interest to host.

All event hosting opportunities identified here remain subject to further discussions between partners, potentially including detailed feasibility work. It is therefore possible, and indeed likely, that some of the events on this list will not progress to bid stage.

Future hosting strategies are constantly being reviewed by partners in the UK, and as a result some sports/disciplines/events that might be expected to appear on this list may be missing as they complete those reviews.

For a full list of UK Sports major events target list, click HERE

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  • Sport England
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