Cardiff: The European Capital for Sport 2014
In 2011, at a conference held at the European Parliament in Brussels, Cardiff was awarded the prestigious title of European Capital for Sport 2014. Now in 2014, Cardiff are celebrating their title by displaying the European Capital of Sport 2014 logo on Cardiff Castle.
Cardiff was awarded the title after European sporting experts inspected the city and found that venues such as the Millennium Stadium, SWALEC Stadium and Cardiff International Sports Stadium were state of the art. The city has since gone on to host global and national events such as London 2012 Olympic football matches and the Heineken Cup. Cardiff also held the first test in the 2009 Ashes Series.
Cardiff’s sporting pedigree has continued to grow: the city will hold the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2016 and will be a host port for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018. Furthermore, the city’s football team - Cardiff City FC - are now playing in the English Premier League.
Councillor Ramesh Patel, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture said:
“I am incredibly proud that Cardiff has been awarded European Capital for Sport 2014. As well as further endorsing Cardiff as a major sports destination, the accolade recognises the passion and sporting spirit which unites communities and inspires people across the city”.
Sporting events across Cardiff in 2014
Cardiff was awarded £17,676 towards sporting projects in 2014, and they’re keen to use this to promote their title as the European Capital for Sport. Cardiff will play host to a wide selection of sporting events across 2014 including the Six Nations Rugby - starting tomorrow 1st February 2014 with Wales v Italy - the Heineken and Amilin Cup finals, the UEFA Supercup Final and the Power Boat Championships.
Alongside these major events, Cardiff will also play host to smaller sporting events organised by local sporting teams, centres and communities. One of these is the Cardiff Dragons FC’s European LGBT football tournament - ‘Unity Cup’- in June. The games are designed to promote equality in sport between people regardless of their sexual preferences, and will take place from 12-15 June 2013 on the Pontcanna playing fields. For more information on the event follow @ecs2014cardiff on Twitter.
The city will also play host to the 2014 Cardiff Games, a schools sports programme set up as part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy, which is designed to encourage all children in Cardiff to get involved with sport. Throughout the academic year, schools will enter teams into sporting events which will be held regularly along with competitions, with the results building a Cardiff Games primary and secondary school league table, allowing students to compete for the first ever ‘2014 Cardiff Games Champion’ title.
Are you a student in Cardiff keen on sport? If so we’d love to hear your thoughts on the sporting events taking place in Cardiff 2014. Are you planning on watching a Six Nations match, or are you getting involved with a local community event? Please share your thoughts and plans with us through Facebook, Twitter or Google+. If you’re looking for student accommodation in 2014 please contact us today, we have hundreds of properties available to rent in Roath and Cathays, both in the heart of Cardiff, the European Capital for Sport 2014.