Glasgow Life - Host City

On behalf of Glasgow City Council, charity Glasgow Life delivers culture and sport programmes, experiences, and events to make a positive impact on individuals, their communities, and the city.

Our work is designed to enhance mental, physical and economic wellbeing in Glasgow, and aims to promote inclusion, happiness and health.  It spans arts, music, festivals, sports, libraries, and learning and development, and ranges from local, small-scale activities to major events which present Glasgow on an international stage. 

The venues we manage range from key cultural attractions – including Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023 The Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and Gallery of Modern Art – to world-class sports facilities such as the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and Tollcross International Swimming Centre. 

The extensive indoor and outdoor leisure facilities we operate throughout Glasgow are underpinned by a sports and physical activity development team dedicated to promoting sport from grassroots to professional levels and ensuring sport is integral to life in Glasgow.

As European Capital of Sport 2023, Glasgow is the first city to be honoured twice with the title, having originally held it in 2003. The designation recognises Glasgow’s status as a city globally renowned for sport thanks to its remarkable record of hosting major international events. These include the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, 2017 TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships, the inaugural European Championships (in partnership with Berlin) in 2018, the 2019 LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, UEFA EURO 2020, and the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Glasgow’s reign as European Capital of Sport also acknowledges the city’s achievements in building a lasting legacy from major events by using them as a springboard to increase participation in sport.

In 2024 Glasgow looks forward to welcoming the World Athletics Indoor Championships 2024, continuing to inspire local and international audiences alike and further extend the portfolio of international events hosted by the city.

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