Dublin elected as European Capital of Sport 2010


I had heard about this last week on Twitter. A post has just popped up on the Irish Gymnastics website regarding it. I’m not quite sure what this means for IG but hopefully something good will come of it.

Dublin has been chosen as the European Capital of Sport 2010 by the internationally renowned European Capitals of Sport Association (ACES).


Dublin City Council invites everybody to celebrate the year & share in the collective pride we all feel in our achievements at local, national and international level in terms of sporting participation and success.


This prestigious award for the city is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements as a sporting capital and highlight the tremendous amount of work being carried out by departments, agencies, organisations and dedicated individuals, to enrich the sporting lives of our citizens.


The Award of European Capital of Sport celebrates our achievements in encouraging everyone in Dublin to participate in sport and physical activity.


In 2006, the European Capitals of Sport Association (ACES) invited Dublin City Council to bid for the title of European Capital of Sport 2010. A trans-European judging panel followed up on the bid with a site visit to the city and Dublin City Council was then asked to make a presentation to the ACES Congress in Stuttgart in 2007. After that presentation Dublin was awarded European Capital of Sport 2010.


According to ACES, the rationale for awarding this prestigious title to Dublin City were:-

  •  The huge participation by people in Dublin in all levels of sport – the variety of sports on offer in the city, the high level of volunteerism – from local clubs to stadia management
  • The city’s partnership approach to sport and recreation
  • The importance Dublin City puts on encouraging all sectors of society to get involved in sport and recreation

 Dublin – European Capital of Sport 2010 is awarded to all of us. It’s a testament to the multitude of sport and physical activity opportunities afforded to everybody who works in the city, lives here or comes to visit Dublin. This award is shared by all the sporting bodies and the organisations that are the city’s lifeblood; the business community, tourism bodies, the educational sector and event promoters as well as the professional sport organisations and the many community clubs.


The official handover of the title European Capital of Sport took place today (Thursday 4th Februrary) at 2pm with the Lord Mayor of Milan (2009 recipients) handing over to the Lord Mayor of Dublin. IG was represented by President Ger Rellis who was in attendance for the ceremony.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with events in connection with the award throughout the year…

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