Birmingham Announces Bid to host the 2024 Euro Games
Posted: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 17:21
Today sees the announcement that Pride Sports, as part of the Pride House Birmingham 2022 legacy programme are bidding to bring the European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) EuroGames to Birmingham in the summer of 2024.
EuroGames is Europe's largest annual LGBTQI+ inclusive sports event. Birmingham 2024 will see an estimated 5,500 participants joining together across the city to compete in 23 different sports. The programme aims to be the most diverse yet and will include parasport as well as opportunities for all gender identities to compete.
Pride House Birmingham, is an LGBTIQ+ community welcome space for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, one of the world's largest multi sports events coming to Birmingham in July next year. Pride House Birmingham is being developed and delivered by a local team, which includes local LGBTIQ+ community leaders Piero Zizzi and Neil Basterfield.
Lou Englefield, Director of Pride Sports leading the bid says "we have worked together with Birmingham City Council, UK sport's national governing bodies and local LGBTIQ+ sports clubs to bring together what we believe is an extremely strong bid. We want, not only to host a fantastic, well organised event, as a celebration of LGBTIQ+ sporting enjoyment and excellence, but also to build the participation in sport and physical activity of LGBTIQ+ people in the West Midlands"
Birmingham will compete against Vienna for the rights to host the event and the winning bid will be announced by December 31 2021.
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EGLSF: Founded in 1989, The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) aims include combatting against discrimination in sport on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics and to stimulate integration in sport and emancipation of LGBTIQ+ athletes. The federation has a membership of over 120 European LGBTIQ+ sports clubs and organisations representing the interests of more than 22,000 people.
EuroGames: EGLSF licenses and governs the organisation of EuroGames, the annual European LGBTQI+ sport championships. The first ever Games took place in The Hague in 1992, and the most recent in Copenhagen in August 2021 with 2,000 athletes taking part.
Pride Sports: Formed in 2006, Pride Sports works across England and Wales to improve access to sport and physical activity for LGBTIQ+ people. The organisation has significant event management experience, having delivered Manchester's largest community sports festival, Wythenshawe Games, for nine years; growing participation from 9,000 in 2012 to more than 20,000 participants in 2019.
Pride House Birmingham 2022: Pride House Birmingham is an initiative aiming to create a safe space and welcoming, inclusive environment for LGBTIQ+ spectators, athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham in 2022. Programming will include community sport and physical activity, cultural events, conferencing, education and engagement with local schools, as well as a variety of parties and other events celebrating the Games and Birmingham's diverse LGBTIQ+ community.