Welcome to the second edition of your Glasgow newsletter!

May 1, 2019

Make sure you’re prepared for the trip! These newsletters will help you learn about your mentors, team members, trip details and our host event!

Program Checklist:

Below is a checklist to make sure you are up-to-date. Be sure to visit the Living Sport Glasgow Portal where all details can be found. Documents that still need to be submitted should be uploaded to your Dropbox folder that was sent to you via e-mail.

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Passport: A copy of the photo page is needed for our records.

Medical Records/Emergency Contact Forms: Both of these forms are very important and will be kept on file as we travel in case of an emergency.

Newsletter Questions & Answers and Accompanying Photos: Please submit these items if you haven’t already so we can feature you in a future issue!

Travel Insurance: Policies will be sent directly to your email. We will provide confirmation via this section in the newsletter when the policies are sent out.

Flight Information: Group flight information has been sent via e-mail. Tickets will be issued to you via e-mail three (3) weeks prior to our departure. If you have booked your own flight, please upload your travel itinerary to your Dropbox folder. Itineraries should include dates, times, and flight numbers.

Trip Information: You can find the Glasgow itinerary, lodging details, and emergency contact information for Living Sport on the online portal

Social Media: Follow and like Living Sport's social media pages through the buttons below and document your trip using the hashtags #iamlivingsport and #LivingGlasgow2019

ABOUT TOUGH MUDDER:

Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12 mile-long (16–19 km) obstacle courses that test mental as well as physical strength. The obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The main principle of the Tough Mudder revolves around teamwork. The Tough Mudder organization values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation. Participants must commit to helping others complete the course, putting teammates before themselves, and overcoming fears. An average 78% of entrants successfully complete the course.

The first Tough Mudder challenge was held in the United States in 2010. To date, more than 3 million people worldwide have participated in Tough Mudder events, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing athletic activities, that draws between 10,000 and 15,000 participants per event. Tough Mudder currently employs over 150 people worldwide and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

During our work experience with Tough Mudder, our Living Sport team will see firsthand what it takes to pull off this event from the back end. Setting up the course, assisting in building the obstacles and executing event-day logistical responsibilities with 10,000 participants will all be included in our assignment. Are you TOUGH enough?!

Check out the video from Tough Mudder Scotland 2018!


MONEY EXCHANGE

Glasgow's monetary system is based upon the pound sterling (£), which is made up of 100 pence (written as "p"). When traveling you have a few options on how to exchange money.

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Before the Trip:

Many banks in the United States allow customers to purchase common forms of currency, such as British pounds and euros. Be sure to ask a local teller if the bank offers this service and if there is a fee to exchange. Also ask about the exchange rate. Compare the bank exchange rate to global exchange rate charts online. The rates should be comparable. Buying currency ahead of time from a bank usually means you will have to wait a day or two for it to arrive. 

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During the Trip:

ATM: It is not necessary to have the local foreign currency on-hand before you travel. You will get a better exchange rate if you withdraw money from an ATM using a debit card rather than exchanging money at the airport. ATMs are located at airports, hotels, and other convenient locations. Foreign ATMs offer access to cash in the local currency without charging inflated conversational rates. Be sure to call your card-issuing bank before you travel to notify them you are traveling abroad. Some card issuers charge foreign fees, and some do not. Ask the bank representative about any fees that you may encounter if using the card. It is always a good idea to have some cash on you for small purchases when we are traveling.

Credit Card: Visa and MasterCard are widely used across Europe and offer fair exchange rates. Some card readers will accept your card as is, but others may prompt you to enter your PIN — so it's important to know the code for each of your credit cards. Be sure to call your credit card and inform them of your travel and ask about your card's PIN number. Some cards do charge international fees, so you should also confirm if any fees are associated. 

Currency Exchange Booths: While currency exchange booths found at airports and around town are convenient, they tend to charge high rates, sometimes up to 15%. 


MEET YOUR MENTOR:

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chasity brown - Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, Lincoln University & living sport advisory board vice chair

Chasity Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University, a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University and is currently pursuing a DrPH in Public Health from Capella University.

Chasity began her career in the Health and Wellness field serving as a Health and Wellness Director at various YMCA’s for over six years. Ms. Brown then took a more focused route and served as a Director of Wellness for a local retirement community, where her role was to develop employee wellness programs designed to meet biometric standards for over 350 employees.

Chasity currently teaches at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in the Health Science department, serves as the internship coordinator, and works with several of the sports teams on campus to improve their strength and conditioning.

In her spare time you can find her teaching fitness classes at the local gym, serving as a volunteer coach for the Girls on the Run program, or working with youth ministry at her church that is titled Girls in Fellowship Together While Sharing and Serving, their most recent project was serving in Haiti.

What made you want to get into the sports industry? I have participated in sports most of my life, whether it be participating on a sports team or helping run a youth basketball program. Sports have been an instrumental part of my upbringing.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? Tough question to answer. I love many sports. My favorite sports to watch on television are basketball and football but my favorite sport to watch in person is baseball. I am a San Francisco 49ers fan and a Philadelphia 76ers and Phillies fan.

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What job would you like to have in 5 years? I would like to continue teaching at a University.  


What is your dream job? My dream job is to teach at the college level; fortunately I was able to secure that position.  

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our Glasgow 2019 team? While I have experience working in sport I will also bring the experience of teaching and working with college students on a daily basis.  

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? Working with the men’s basketball team as their conditioning coach. I have also run several 5K events which has been rewarding.

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I hope to gain knowledge on how to better prepare and educate my students on international sport. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? Haiti has forever changed my life.

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What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? I am a runner, I love to run! I also have a new interest in crafting. 

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What college/university did you attend? Major? Where do you reside now? I attended East Stroudsburg University where I earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Sport Management.  I am currently pursuing a DrPH in Public Health from Capella University.  I currently reside in Coatesville, PA.


Let’s get to know the GLASGOW 2019 team!

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TIPHANY POWELL

What made you want to get into the sports industry? It was an accident! While at Georgia State, we got free parking in the Turner Field Blue lot and they would shuttle us the mile or so to camps… so I found myself living around the Braves schedule. One day I decided to go up to the ticket window to buy tickets to the game that night, got to talking and that weekend I was in the box office on game day staff.  I didn’t grow up in a sports house at all. When I was in marching band in high school was probably the first time I ever saw a football game. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? Baseball, football, hockey and soccer. I’m an Atlanta girl through and through – Braves, Falcons, Atlanta United, Georgia Tech. My only non-Atlanta team is for Premier League in which I pull for Tottenham. 

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What job would you like to have in 5 years? A sports job in Atlanta! 

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? I’m currently working part time for two Greenville teams. The Swamp Rabbits hockey team and the Drive baseball team. My dream job is one full time job, that’s for sure! Preferably in Atlanta, but I would like to keep my options open and see where life takes me.  

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? I’m extremely southern and polite – even my dog doesn’t understand just the word “no”, she’s only ever heard “no ma’am” 

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? I was voted employee of the month in September during my first season at the Braves. I have always appreciated the Braves for how much they value each and every one of the game day staff. 

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? A network of people and connections I wouldn’t have been able to make any other way. I also am looking forward to finally using my passport and getting taken out of my comfort zone. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? I’ve never left the US and have hardly even left the south, but Savannah, GA is probably my favorite city. 

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? My family is Scottish – I grew up manning the Clan tents at the Highland games and even used to Highland dance when I was little. 

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? I attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. I majored in Hospitality Administration, taking every large venue or sports class offered. I’m currently living in the Greenville, SC area but looking to move back to Atlanta soon. 


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James Lettieri

What made you want to get into the sports industry? While Growing up, sports were a huge outlet in my life. Sports provided me with many life opportunities. Not only was I able to grow as a person but I was able to see the lasting impact that sports had on my life. I fell in love with playing lacrosse and football. Since then my love for sports has grown exponentially and I can’t think of a better profession than sports itself. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? My favorite sport is football. The teams that I root for are the LA Chargers, NY Yankees and NJ Devils. I am also a diehard North Carolina Tar Heel fan in college basketball. 

What job would you like to have in 5 years? The job that I would like to have in 5 years would be a sales manager for any NFL team.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? My dream job is to be a collegiate or professional sports coach. My next job I hope to have is in sales. 

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? A unique trait that I bring to the Living Sport team is a diverse and professional background in coaching youth and competing at a collegiate level. 

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? To be determined!!

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? My hope is to gain a deeper understanding as to what goes into a sporting event like a Tough Mudder and what it takes to be part of a successful sports organization. I also look to gain lasting professional connections that will lead to lasting success with the completion of this internship. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? My favorite country that I have visited was Mexico; specifically Cancun. 

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? Hobby - working out, reading and Netflix. Fun Fact - I have a twin who is 6’2” and I have been to 7 NFL stadiums. I hope to visit all 32. 

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What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? I attended Albright College in Reading, PA. I was a double major in Business Marketing and Management and I currently live in Fanwood, NJ.


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Madeleine Gauthier

What made you want to get into the sports industry? I have such a passion for sports as I grew up playing tennis and basketball. I love the values and lessons that sport brings to oneself. I want to be a part of that excitement that a sport event brings to everyone. 

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? My favorite sport is tennis.

What job would you like to have in 5 years? I would love to work for a professional sport organization in operations or accounting. 

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? My dream job is to work for Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) or Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and run professional tennis tournaments. My next job is interning at The First Tee in Saint Augustine, Florida in Network Relations. 

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? I am very motivated and driven to accomplish goals. Being a student athlete, it has taught me to have to work for what I want to achieve. 

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What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? I have worked for organizations such as Orlando City Soccer and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I hope to gain a network and a group of people/friends that will be in my circle for the rest of my career. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? My favorite country is the Maldives. 

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? Fun fact about me is that I lived in Brazil and Dubai, UAE. I LOVE to travel!! 

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What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? I attended Saint Leo University and recently graduated on April 27. My major is Sport Business and minor in Sport Hospitality and Accounting. I currently reside in Tampa, Florida. 


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Justin Johnson

What made you want to get into the sports industry? I aspire to get into the sports industry because I want to turn my passion for sports and health & wellness into a career that provides both instruction and motivation to athletes and non-athletes.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? Football/Baltimore Ravens

What job would you like to have in 5 years? I would like to be a sports medicine physician assistant and working in sport marketing and promotions.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? My dream job would be to a sports medicine physician assistant and a performance coach for team sports or individuals. 

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? The ability to carry my own weight, as well as respecting the team processes and a willingness to assist a team member with their tasks/duties when necessary. I’m reliable, responsible, and have excellent communication skills.  I have the ability to demonstrate commitment to ensuring the team succeeds with all tasks, duties, and projects.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? NCCA Division II Lincoln University football game captain 2017-2018 and Central PA Football Player of the Year 2017. 

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What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I’m hoping to enhance my sport industry knowledge, network and work together with new people, and meet industry professionals.

Favorite city or country you have visited? I love New York City because it’s full of life, diversity and has a stunning skyline.

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? My hobbies are fitness, community service, going to movies and listening music. I love to cook and tell jokes.

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? Lincoln University of Pennsylvania | Health Science | Etters, PA  


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TIM KERR

What made you want to get into the sports industry? I have always been an avid sports fan, and always want to be around sports. I enjoy planning things and working behind the scenes to make things happen.  

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? Favorite sport: baseball | Favorite teams: Mets, Isles, Saints, BSU Broncos and Vols

What job would you like to have in 5 years? I would like a job working with the Olympics in some type of capacity, hopefully for the LA 2028 Planning Committee.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? My dream job would be to be part of a group to bring the Olympics to New York City. Hopefully my next job is an internship with the Big East Conference.

What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? I am constantly trying to explore. I cannot sit still very well and am always wanting to go out and see new things, especially in foreign places.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? Getting a chance to work at the 2018 CFP National Championship Game!

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I hope to gain international working experience, make connections in my field, and explore a whole new country and culture. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? My favorite city is New York City and my favorite country is Australia.

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? I have been to 49 states and four countries.

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? I attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am a Recreation and Sport Management Major. I am from Baldwin, NY.


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DAYNA MERCER

What made you want to get into the sports industry? Sports have always been a passion of mine. As a cheerleader for football and basketball I really grew to love the action and athleticism during the games. I transferred to Saint Joseph’s University as a Marketing major and it was brought to my attention that they were starting a Sports Marketing program. After being at the Phillies stadium in 2008 when they won the World Series, that was when I knew I wanted to be involved in sports for the rest of my life.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports team? I cannot chose between just one sport. I share the favoritism between football and baseball. I love the cold fall nights at the ballpark, but I also love the excitement of football. My favorite teams are the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles. 

What job would you like to have in 5 years? In five years I would love to be working for a sports team on the events side of marketing. Planning events such as draft parties, VIP events and in-game activates would truly display my knowledge and experience I have gained through the years. 

What is your dream job? What is your next job? A dream job for me would be working for Nike or Under Armour in the Sports Marketing department. I would love to be able to travel around the world to different stores and coordinate launches as well as activations.

What is your unique trait that you can bring to our team? I am a very outgoing and personable person. I love to meet new people and build relationships with my peers. 

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? My biggest accomplishment so far would be when I worked for the Philadelphia 76ers and they were one of the worst teams in the NBA. Being able to actually sell tickets for a team that only won 18 games out of 82 was an accomplishment in itself. It was a challenge and I was hung up on more than I actually spoke to someone, but I hit my expectations and made a sale for every period.  

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? I hope to gain knowledge of the way sports are run internationally. I am extremely excited to tour the different venues and experience sports outside of the norm. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? My favorite country I have visited so far would have to be Ireland. It was absolutely beautiful! The people were so welcoming and pleasant. 

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you or hidden talent you may have? A hobby of mine would be that I love to fish and do adventurous things. A few years back I jumped out of a perfectly good plane and the adrenaline rush was something I cannot even describe. 

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What college do/did you attend? What was your major? What city do you reside in currently? I attended Saint Joseph’s University in PA. I was originally a Marketing major, but was then accepted into the Sports Marketing program where I was part of the first graduating class with a Sports Marketing major. I was born and raised in Southern New Jersey and that is where I still currently reside. 


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STEPHEN BROWN

What made you want to get into the sports industry? I grew up heavily involved in playing sports and was exposed to a wide variety including traditional sports (baseball/basketball/soccer), triathlons, sailing, and rugby.

My first introduction to community development through sports and microeconomics came when I was 16 on a trip to China. I had the opportunity to help with rural building projects, assist with teaching English, lead a sports clinic, and collaborated with an Australian cattle farmer to help introduce beef to the diet of rural southern China.

I moved to Sweden when I was 18 to pursue a second international community development opportunity and taught English while also facilitating basketball and soccer clinics/programming.

What is your favorite sport? Favorite sports teams? Favourite sport is baseball. Favourite teams are Boston Red Sox and Ole Miss.

What job would you like to have in 5 years? Within the next 5 years, I would like to hold a full time position working with a NCAA Division I athletic program or a professional franchise.

What is your dream job? What’s your next job? My dream job is to own and operate an indoor/athletic facility that hosts leagues, tournaments, and individual athlete training programs. Currently I am working with the Lexington Legends Operations Department (Single A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals).

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What is a unique trait that you bring to our team? Experience. I have spent the past 5 years working in the sport business industry and gained experience holding management positions with regional nonprofits, recreation companies, indoor athletic facilities, parks and recreation athletic divisions, high school athletics, and campus recreation programming.

What is your biggest sport business accomplishment so far? Networking and advancing in the sport business industry without a college degree. 

What do you hope to gain through the International Sport Business Program? Experience, networking opportunities, and the catalyst that will create the opportunity to continue working in the sport business industry at the next level. 

Favorite city or country you have visited? Vancouver, BC and Jinja, Uganda

What’s a hobby, a fun fact about you, or hidden talent you may have? I once caught a touchdown pass from Chad Pennington.

What college do/did you attend? What was your Major? What city do you reside in currently? I currently live in Lexington, Kentucky.


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WHAT DAY AND TIME IS IT IN GLASGOW?

Date and time notation in the United Kingdom records the date using the day-month-year format (20 May 2019 or 20/05/19). The time can either be written using the 12-hour clock (4:10 pm), or the 24-hour clock notation (16:10), the latter format most common within industries such as rail and bus transport, the police, and the military.

Not sure how to convert time from 12-hour to 24-hour? There is an easy solution: Simply minus two from the hour, and then drop the first number.

For example, 18:30 (24-hour clock) = 18 - 2 = 16, drop the first number and we're left with 6:00. Therefore, 18:30 is 6:30 on a 12-hour clock! It gets slightly more tricky when the 24-hour clock gets to 22:00, because 22 - 2 = 20. But now you simply replace the leading 2 with a 1. Therefore, 22:00 = 10:00. Telling AM vs PM is easy: if the time is greater than or equal to 12, it's PM. Less than 12, it's AM.


GLASGOW BIDS FOR EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SPORT TITLE

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(January 25, 2019) Glasgow will bid to become the European Capital of Sport in 2023. Lord Provost Eva Bolander and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor David McDonald, made the announcement at the city’s Emirates Arena joined by Gian Francesco Lupattelli and John Swanson, President and Vice President of European Capitals & Cities of Sports Federation (ACES Europe).

If successful, Glasgow would be the first city to win the coveted title twice. It would also mark 20 years since it first gained the accolade, back in 2003.

Glasgow earned its earlier European Capital of Sport title by demonstrating its commitment to supporting grassroots level sport as well as its ability to attract major sporting events.

Since then, the city’s sporting reputation has grown exponentially, hosting a series of world-class sporting events at outstanding venues; including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the first ever European Championships in 2018.

This year Glasgow will hold the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships and the European Short Course Swimming Championships. In 2020, the city will host the World Men’s Curling Championships and UEFA European Championship football matches.

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In the last decade Glasgow has invested more than £200m in its sporting venues attracting world-class athletes and international supporters and spectators.

Since 2009, attendances at Glasgow Club sports facilities have increased by more than 50%, meaning more and more adults are taking positive steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

In addition, the number of junior members attending sports clubs across the city has more than quadrupled, demonstrating children are increasingly becoming active in sport at an earlier age.

Sport also adds huge value to the city’s economy contributing approximately £367m and employing around 10,000 people across the sector.

Last year Glasgow retained its title as the fifth best sporting city in the world according to the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities awards. Winning the 2023 European Capital of Sport title would add another jewel to the city’s crown of sporting glory. 

The Lord Provost said: “Glasgow routinely punches above its weight when it comes to its sporting reputation. As one of the world’s top five sports cities, we’ve a consistent track record of using sport to overcome the health and wellbeing challenges we face by involving local communities in major sporting events.

“Our city is excited to be bidding, once again, for the title of European Capital of Sport. If successful, we’d be the first city to hold the title twice. I’m looking forward to the bidding and judging process and wish our 2023 title competitors – Italy’s Genoa and Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rhi – the best of luck.

Gian Francesco Lupattelli, President of ACES Europe, said: “I have fond memories of being in Glasgow during 2002 and 2003 when the City won the award in 2003 and I am delighted that Glasgow has again decided to contest the award again for 2023 on the 20th anniversary of the previous award.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the city again and I wish Glasgow good luck with their bid in what will be a very strong competition with Genoa and Kryvyi Rhi.”

ACES Europe is a non-profit association based in Brussels which annually awards the titles of European Capital, City, Community and Town of Sport. The allocation of these titles is awarded according to the principles of responsibility and ethics, sport bringing together the local community, improvement in quality of life, psycho-physical wellbeing, and complete integration within social classes in the community.

Source: www.glasgowist.com