Glasgow was announced as the 2024 host of The Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) at the closing ceremony of the 2023 conference in Paris last week (Friday 7 July 2023). The event, which will be held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) from July 2-5 2024, is expected to attract 3,000 delegates and contribute nearly £5m to the city’s economy and will mark the first time in 28 years that the meeting will be held in Scotland
The announcement comes as Glasgow holds the title of European Capital of Sport (ECOS) 2023 – and becomes the first city to hold the title twice, 20 years after first achieving the accolade. The city’s second stint as ECOS celebrates two decades of success, development and investment, including the contribution made by coaches and volunteers during a time when Glasgow established its place among the world’s top sporting cities. Over the last 20 years, Glasgow has invested more than £200 million in its world-class sporting venues, including the Emirates Arena, Glasgow BMX Centre and the refurbished Kelvin Hall.
Glasgow has hosted a series of world-class events at outstanding venues during this period, including the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, the first-ever European Championships in 2018 and UEFA EURO 2020 fixtures, and next month will play host to the UCI World Cycling Championships, attracting thousands of top-level athletes and spectators from around the world.
The city now plans to continue to build on the legacy of over 20 years of sustained success in hosting major sporting events by welcoming the world’s leading Sports Scientists to the city for 4 days of learning, collaborating and discussion.