City lands Olympic convention
3000 delegates to bring £5m boost
MORE than 3000 delegates will visit Glasgow for a pre-London Olympic Games sports conference – b o o s t i n g t h e c i t y ’s coffers by £5 million.
The International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport will be held over eight days at the SECC.
The venue has been confirmed as the location for the conference, which takes place in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leading sports experts and academics from across the g l o b e w i l l a r r ive in Glasgow in July 2012.
Tourism bosses say the conference will boost the c i t y ’s c r e d e n t i a l s f o r hosting major sporting events ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Steven Purcell, chairm a n o f G l a s g ow C i ty Marketing Bureau and leader of Glasgow City Co u n c i l , s a i d : “ Th i s i s another fantastic win for Glasgow and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to land this prestigious conference for the city.
“Glasgow’s outstanding conference credentials and proud sporting heritage make it the ideal location for this preOlympic conference.”
K n ow n a s t h e P r e - Olympic Convention, the conference will attract sportsmen and women and academics and students with an interest in sports science. The theme of the event will be: “Sport… inspiring a learning legacy.”
The bid to host the conference was presented by Brunel 2012 Consortium and had representatives from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and five universities, including Strathclyde University and Brunel University in London.
Professor Celia B r a c ke n r i d g e , c h a i r - wo m a n o f t h e c o n f e r - ence’s local organising c o m m i tt e e , s a i d : “ We look forward to working closely with our partners over the next four years.”