European City of Sport 2016



The economic and social value of physical activity and sport in Stoke-on-Trent, and the surrounding area, is immense.

By achieving the prestigious European City of Sport status, we can now galvanise and celebrate these benefits among partners, businesses, communities and local people.

2016 will be a showcase of combined efforts and achievement in sport, both locally and on the world stage. It will be a catalyst to increase participation at every level; to promote an active and healthy lifestyle that is accessible to everyone, and to confirm and enhance the city’s status as a key destination for sport.

Stoke-on-Trent's year as European City of Sport will help to support our aspirations to dominate the space between Birmingham and Manchester and will forever change the city for the better. Not only will designation as European City of Sport bring benefits for the whole city, but there will also be opportunities for our neighbours to engage with, and benefit from, this award.

Watch a video of the launch event held on Thursday 10 September 2015 at the Victoria Hall

Watch a video of the 'On Your Marks' Opening Ceremony on Saturday 30 January 2016 at Northwood Stadium

See the highlights and backstage build-up to the 'On Your Marks' Opening Ceremony

Find out more...

By using the links to the left of this page you can find out more about the award, see the events and activities included in the European City of Sport programme and find information on how you can get involved.

Get in touch...

You can contact the European City of Sport team by emailing or calling 01782 234957.

The European City of Sport Facebook and Twitter pages are also a great way to stay up to date... and don't forget to share your experiences on social media by including #CityOfSport16

Plus sign up to our City of Sport e-newsletter to keep up to date with everything that's going on. Click here to Stay Connected - check the box 'European City of Sport 2016' under the Events section.

Read about the opening ceremony...

A fantastic supplement which appeared in The Sentinel including pictures and a full report can be found at the bottom this page or by clicking on the following links:

On your marks for European City of Sport in Stoke-on-Trent

European City of Sport - A sporting journey to be proud of for Stoke-on-Trent

Upcoming events for Stoke-on-Trent's European City of Sport

You can also download a copy of the European City of Sport launch brochure by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.

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