The title of European Capital of Sports recognises a city's commitment to sport as a social function and a means of improving the quality of life and wellbeing of its citizens.The European Capital of Sports Award is an ethical commitment to sport, reflecting the link between the physical wellbeing of individuals and the general improvement of society.
We are proud that Wales’s capital city was awarded the accolade of Capital for Sport in 2014. Cardiff has a fine reputation as a World Class capital for sport built on Cardiff’s history of hosting a variety of major events, its great facilities and grass root sport.
World Class Venue
Cardiff is a great place to watch and play sport – for residents and visitors alike. With stadiums like the 74,000 seat Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium) and the SWALEC Cricket Stadium right in the centre of the city. It makes for a great atmosphere for players and audiences adding to the experience of events like the Ashes, Rugby World Cup and FA Cup finals, for a worldwide audience of millions.
In the run up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics 18 countries chose Wales for their Pre-Games Training Camps, with seven teams based in Cardiff. They did so not just because of the great facilities, but because of the welcome and all-round efficiency of the support they received. As Raylene Bates of New Zealand’s Olympic Athletic team said, “the facilities here are second to none and the people are so helpful and welcoming”.
Even before the opening ceremony Cardiff hosted the first competitive event of the 2012 games with football being held in the city.
The Football Association of Wales have submitted an official bid to stage Euro 2020 group matches at the Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium). The Swalec Stadium also played host to the first game of the 2015 Ashes Series.
Sport for Everyone
Cardiff is the home to four professional sports clubs, Cardiff City FC, Cardiff Blues, Glamorgan Cricket and the Cardiff Devils.
The city also offers opportunities for all to participate in a variety of sporting activities. Where else can you play football, squash, rugby, golf, badminton or cricket, take part in white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, ice skating, boxing, fencing, athletics, hockey, bowls, basketball, trampoling, go swimming or horse riding, learn to ski and snowboard, all within a space of a few miles? – and there’s lots more we’ve left out.
There are over 70 Disability Sports Clubs and sessions running in Cardiff with over 1700 disabled people taking part in weekly coached sessions.