WSA member Pride Sports Cymru successful in EuroGames 2027 bid

WSA member Pride Sports Cymru successful in EuroGames 2027 bid

The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) would like to congratulate member organisation Pride Sports Cymru for their successful bid to host the EuroGames in 2027.

The result comes after a tightly contested vote at the EGLSF (European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation) Annual General Assembly in Antwerp at the beginning of March.

EuroGames is a European, multi-sport event governed by the EGLSF. It is the largest Europe-wide multi-sport event for LGBTQ+ athletes and allies in Europe and aims to accommodate athletes of a range of abilities and experience.

The first EuroGames was held in The Hague in 1992, and the event in Cardiff in 2027 will be the 24th edition and the first to be held in the UK.

Pride Sports Director, Lou Englefield, commented:

“We’re delighted to be bringing a EuroGames to Wales. It is a huge privilege for Pride Sports Cymru.

“Hosting a EuroGames is an opportunity to showcase Cardiff as a world class sporting city, and to highlight Wales’ commitment to becoming the most LGBTQ+ friendly nation in Europe.”

Joining Lou on the team for Cardiff 2027 are Charlotte Galloway, Chair of Cardiff Dragons FC, and Jess Williams, Head of Service and Partner Development at Sport Wales.

“A EuroGames in Wales will be transformative for LGBTQ+ people in sport, and indeed the whole community,” added Jess. “The legacy the games will create, and opportunity for positive change, is enormous. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful capital city.”

Cardiff EuroGames 2027 will bring a programme of 27 sports, including touch rugby, volleyball and tennis, along with more than 5,000 athletes to the city.

Pride Sports Cymru is working with many of Cardiff’s LGBTQ+ sports groups as well as Welsh Governing Bodies of sport to realise their plans for the event.

Alongside the competition schedule, a EuroGames also includes opening and closing ceremonies, a cultural programme and a Games village planned for the heart of the city.

With upwards of 10,000 athletes, visitors and volunteers attending the event and existing facilities being used for the sports competitions, a EuroGames is also set to generate millions for the local economy.

The team are working on a robust legacy plan for the Games, which will see a growth in sport and physical activity amongst LGBTQ+ people in Wales, and the growth of community organised sports in Cardiff.

WSA CEO, Andrew Howard, added:

“The WSA would like to congratulate member organisation Pride Sports Cymru and is excited to have a EuroGames come to Cardiff in 2027.

“The event will undoubtedly prove a celebration and awe-inspiring showcase of inclusive sport, in a first for Cardiff and the UK.”

Find full detail on the Pride Sports Cymru website, here.

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