Minister for Sport Helen Grant and UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl today welcomed a publication outlining how major sporting events can be bid for and staged in the UK.
The Gold Framework , part of the Gold Event Series programme, builds upon the success of A Stage to Inspire, which identified how to provide UK sporting events based on the nation’s experience of delivering the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, said:
“Following the successful 2012 Games, when it comes to hosting and staging major sporting events, the UK’s position is stronger than ever.
“These guidelines provide a clear and definitive platform for our partners to work from, so that they can ensure their bids not only qualify, but are also staged successfully.
“These events are great for our economy and they also provide the UK with a chance to take centre stage and show what wonderful hosts we are.”
This revised and enhanced framework, a joint DCMS and UK Sport approach, sets out how the UK will support these Gold Events, by identifying key partnerships and stakeholders responsible for delivery.
The aim is to provide the most effective package of support available to major sporting events of any host nation around the world.
Sport is worth an estimated £34 billion a year to the UK’s economy and major sporting events play a significant role in delivering continued growth.
More than 70 major international sporting events have been secured by the UK following London 2012 including more than 30 World and European Championships, showcasing Britain’s sporting heroes to millions and generating a substantial economic impact.
It is expected that this year’s Rugby World Cup will bring an additional £1billion (GVA) to the UK economy and the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships a further estimated £100million.
This week, UK Sport launched the National Lottery-funded #EveryRoadtoRio programme of sporting events, which focuses on supporting our athletes as they step up preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With more than 30 world-class sports events taking place the length and breath of the UK, it is predicted that more that £37million will be generated for host cities and regions, while over 900,000 tickets will be available to the British public.
UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl said:
“Bringing world class sporting events to the UK is a key priority for UK Sport, to both inspire the nation and support our athletes’ performance ambitions.
“The Gold Framework will further enhance our efforts to establish the UK as a world leading host of sporting major events, by highlighting the support and opportunities available to national governing bodies as well as host cities and regions.”