• Europe’s Summer of Sport Rolls on through September

    by  • August 11, 2014 • Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Granada, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Seville, Sport

    Be it Badminton, Basketball, Rowing or Rugby, Swimming, Cycling or Motor Racing, the Sports Season continues across Europe

    2014 has undoubtedly been a busy year in the sporting calendar, what with the World Cup in Brazil and Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, not to mention the usual wealth of tennis, golf, athletics, motor racing and cycling taking place both across the UK, Europe and America. And yet, just as you thought the summer of sport might be drawing to a close, there’s still plenty of sporting competition taking place across the globe. If you were thinking of combining a city break with a bit of sporting action, here’s a brief round-up of what’s taking place across Europe for the rest of August and into September.

    Sport

    European Swimming Championships
    Kicking off this Wednesday (13th August) and running all the way through until 24th August, Berlin is this year’s host for the 32nd edition of the LEN European Swimming Championships. Comprising a programme of open-water races, synchronised swimming, diving and the traditional pool-based gala, where Team GB will compete against 44 other countries in the race for European glory, the programme gets underway this week with the open-water 5km and 10km swims taking place at Grünau, as well as in the individual, duet and team synchronised swim performances being held at the Schwimm und Sprunghalle in Europa Sportpark. Next week sees the start of the diving and pool-based competitions, concluding with the excitement of the 4x100m relay medleys.

    Women’s Rugby World Cup
    Of course, all eyes will be on England next year when the 2015 Rugby World Cup comes to town, but France is the current host of the Women’s Rugby World Cup with games taking place at the Stade Jean Bouin, located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, close to the Parc des Princes, as well as at Marcoussis, the official home of the French Rugby Federation, a 40-minute drive southwest of the capital. This Wednesday (13th August) sees all the teams in action – New Zealand take on Wales at 2.45pm (UK time) whilst Ireland play England at 5pm (UK time), both at the Stade Jean Bouin – with the final taking place at 5.45pm (UK time) on Sunday 17th August, once again at the Stade Jean Bouin.

    Vuelta a España
    Scheduled between 23rd August and 14th September, this year’s Vuelta kicks of in the southwest of Spain in Jerez de la Frontera, a town famous for its sherry production and over the duration winds north through the country, taking in Cádiz, Córdoba, Ronda, Pamplona, Logroño, Santander and Oviedo before finishing in the pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. Can Team Sky seek to improve their poor performance in this year’s Tour de France? Teams include Astana, Garmin-Sharp, Lotto Belisol, Cofidis, Movistar and Cannondale.

    World Rowing Championships
    This year taking place in Amsterdam, the 2014 World Rowing Championships descends on the Dutch capital between the 24th and 31st of August. The rowing regatta takes place at the Bosbaan, a manmade rowing course built in the 1930s and the host to many European and World competitions in its almost 80-year history. The opening ceremony kicks off proceedings on Saturday, 23rd August with heats taking place on the Sunday and Monday, followed by the repechages, semi-finals and ultimately the finals to be held from Thursday, 28th August.

    Li-Ning BWF World Badminton Championships
    The Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen is the place to be between the 25th and 31st of August if you have a penchant for the sport of badminton. Comprising singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions, the packed schedule runs over the last week of August, with the finals taking place between 12pm and 5.30pm on Sunday the 31st.

    FIBA Basketball World Cup
    Taking place across six major Spanish cities, the 2014 FIBA World Cup gets underway on Saturday, 30th August and runs until the 14th of September. With 24 countries competing (Great Britain are not amongst them), the heats are played in Granada (group A), Seville (group B), Bilbao (group C) and on the island of Gran Canaria (group D), with Barcelona and Madrid taking over from the last 16 games, quarter finals and semi finals and the grand final taking place in the Spanish capital at 9pm (Spanish time) on Sunday, 14th September.

    Italian Grand Prix
    The Formula One juggernaut comes to Italy in early September with the Italian Grand Prix taking place in Monza, just outside the magnificent city of Milan. Practice laps start on Friday, 5th September, with qualifying on the Saturday and the main event kicking off at 1pm (UK time) on the Sunday. The race itself covers 53 laps of the circuit, the equivalent of almost 5,800km in distance. This is your last opportunity to catch the 2014 season in Europe before it heads off to the Far East (Singapore and Japan), Russia (Sochi), the USA (Austin, TX), South America (Brazil) and Abu Dhabi for the remaining races this year.

    About

    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.