In the Netherlands and abroad, Rotterdam Topsport is known as a facilitator and organiser of top-level sporting events. In addition to always guiding the events, Rotterdam Topsport has occasionally acted as initiator and organiser. Rotterdam has also on numerous occasions acted as host city for a range of national and international championships and events. In addition to organising, guiding and supporting new top-level sporting events, Rotterdam Topsport also provides logistic and financial support.
Every year the city aims to attract one or two EC’s or WC’s, but for the following two years we have already added a third to the agenda. Rotterdam is exceptionally happy with such a packed agenda, with events that yield benefits for both the city and her residents. These positive benefits resonate through the results of the (economic) impact research done after each major event. Who visited? How much was spent? The city uses these results to learn, grow, and become better with each event.
Engaging events do not stand alone. In the months leading up to the “main event” the city gets a taste of what is to come through various side-events. This way, everyone is abuzz when the next event hits the city. Posters, flags, even massive billboards brighten up the streets and bring attention to the event: city dressing is key. Elite sports inspire the city to get up and be active. With different activities in each neighborhood the local residents are inspired to exercise. Recreational sports teams flourish, as do the professional ones; special attention is paid to young talents with great potential. Rotterdam is a very young city, and the sports on offer highlight that. Next to more conventional sports such as football, basketball, and hockey increasing attention is being paid to urban sports like skateboarding and BMX. These spectacular sports can always count on much attention from the public. Behind the scenes the city is already planning for urban sport’s inevitable rise.