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UK Sport have revealed that their Gold Event Series project, which is looking to bring 70 world class sporting championships to Britain, has had a hugely successful first year as it has already reached the halfway mark of its overall target.
The £27 million National Lottery funded initiative was launched last year following the conclusion of the Olympics and Paralympics as part of the strategy to create a long-term legacy from the London 2012 Games as well as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Last month, the London Aquatics Centre was named as the host venue for the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series meaning that it is the 35th event to be secured as part of the Gold Event Series project in what is a six-year initiative.
The Gold Event Series will use seven London 2012 venues and four Glasgow 2014 venues as it looks to provide a major boost to community sport in the UK by continuing to provide inspiration to people through sport.
"Our Gold Event Series is making excellent use of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venues and is bringing inspirational experiences of world class sport to the nation,” said UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl.
"Sports are also committing to using this platform to engage more people in sporting activity.
"Thanks to National Lottery funding, I am delighted we are already halfway towards our target with so many prestigious events secured for the nation to enjoy.
"The UK has a compelling mix of world class facilities, great infrastructure and technical know-how as well as the passionate fans and army of volunteers that made London 2012 so memorable.”
The Gold Event Series is to provide the opportunity for an estimated 2.5 million spectators to experience world class sport while it will generate approximately £287 million of additional revenue for host cities and regions across the UK.
It has an impressive 80 per cent bid success rate and has secured a number of prestigious events.
These include the 2017 World Athletics and IPC Athletics Championships for London’s Olympic Stadium, the 2016 World Track Cycling Championships for London’s Velodrome and the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships for Glasgow’s Hydro Arena.
"London 2012 showed the world that Britain can deliver the biggest major sporting events,” said Minister for Sport Helen Grant.
"The Gold Event Series is capitalising on our enhanced reputation in world sport, targeting 70 major events that would generate £287 million additional expenditure in the UK and, just as importantly, inspire more people to participate in sport.”
The Gold Event Series competitions are scheduled to be hosted in 20 cities while 14 of the potential 70 events have already been staged - with more than half a million spectators having the chance to see live international sport so far.
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