Glasgow has been declared European Capital of Sport 2023


Is the first city that is declared twice as the ECS

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Following the evaluation visits to Glasgow (August) and Genoa (October), ACES Committee decided to assign Glasgow with the recognition of the European Capital of Sport 2023 and Genoa European Capital of Sport 2024.

Glasgow is the first city that is declared twice as the European Capital of Sport in the history of ACES Europe. The first time for the Scottish city was in 2003.

The award recognizes city’s efforts that have been made. Since 2003, more than £200 million has been spent on building and improving sporting facilities across the city. Moreover, 27 local centers give access to 68,498 club members as well as 323,000 citizens participate in free sport divisions.

Benefits of awards

International recognition

Your city will be acknowledged as “Master of Sports” at European level.


Cities that have been awarded, bequeathed a better future in sports to their citizens. For example, in Antwerp, Capital of Sport in 2013, active people increased by 10%.

Media impact

1,5 bn impacts per year through TV, radio, internet, print.

Return of Investment

In Logrono, European City of Sport 2014, 44,5mn euros was the ROI due to the title.

Active networking

Exchange of best practices with other cities and participation in the several congresses.

Improvement of local sport policies

Possibility of getting EU Grants

Every year ACES Europe involves cities in different EU projects and Calls.

Liveliness to your city

During the year, numerous events bring life to your city. For example, in Torino, European capital of sport 2015, 1000 events took place.

European sport awards 2020

European Capital of Sport:

Malaga (ES)

European Cities of Sport:

Odivelas (PT)

Milton Keynes (UK)

Cosenza (IT)

Grottaglie (IT)

Piombino (IT)

Cernusco Sul Naviglio (IT)

Cakovec (HR)

Bijeljina (BOS)

Trnava (SK)

Pazardzhik (BG)

Smallingerland (NL) – Not confirmed

Rovaniemi (FIN) – Not confirmed

Miramas (FR) – Not confirmed

European Towns of Sport

Egna Neumarc (IT)

Chiusi (IT)

Montegrotto T. (IT)

Gozzano (IT)

Kavarna (BG)

Kuressaare (ES)

Encamp (ANDORRA)

Les-Pennes-Mirabeau (FR)

Port-de-Bouc (FR)

European Islands of Sport

Mali Lošinj (HR)

Mykonos (GR)

ACES Europe is a non-profit association based in Brussels which assigns every year since 2001 the recognitions of European Capital, City, Community and Town of Sport. ACES Europe awards the European Capital of Sport title, an initiative that has received the recognition of the European Commission in the White Paper (Art. 50). In addition, ACES Europe is an offcial partner of the European Commission in the European Week of Sport. Both facts suppose the recognition of the work and activity of ACES Europe.


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