UKA and Gateshead City Council have been awarded the 2013 European Team Championships by European Athletics.

It will be the first time Gateshead Stadium will host the European Athletics' flagship team event after hosting its predecessor, the SPAR European Cup, in 1989 and 2000. Gateshead beat off strong competition to host the event from Braunschweig (Germany), Bydgoszcz (Poland) and Ostrava (Czech Republic).

"This is a wonderful result for British athletics and I am very proud of the bid we submitted to European Athletics," said UKA chief executive Niels de Vos. "For the next three years there will be a major athletics championship on domestic soil annually showing a real appetite in the UK for athletics from supporters, commercial partners and broadcasters."

The European Team Championships has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2009, introducing a revamp of traditional track and field regulations, men and women competing as one team, promotion and relegation battles among the four leagues, and a European league table.

"With the European Team Championships we are leading the way in adapting and developing our sport so it maintains its appeal in the eyes of the spectators, TV viewers, media and athletes of today and tomorrow," said European Athletics director general Christian Milz. "We have been assured today that UKA and Gateshead will work with us to produce an excellent event."

Gateshead Stadium is currently undergoing a £7.6m redevelopment that will see a new roof for the Tyne and Wear Stand and East Stand.

Posted on 07/06/2011