A public consultation is underway on the development of a new Major International Sports Events Policy.

The main objectives of the consultation, which runs until May 26th, are to seek views and understand people’s attitudes towards major international sports events, and the role of the Government in supporting them.

The public consultation will assist in the development of a policy to underpin a subsequent strategy.

The consultation is in the form of a short survey of 5 multiple choice questions which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete; it can be accessed at the following link: www.gov.ie/majorsportsevents.

The initial part of the survey outlines a definition of major events as follows:

“Major Sports Events can offer many benefits to their hosts but can also come with significant costs. Benefits include; increased tourism and trade, especially at the time of the event, increased profile internationally for the host, sporting participation, volunteering and community gains, and legacy infrastructure to benefit the sport into the future. Costs can include necessary infrastructural improvements, event fees and cost of providing public services.”

“Major Events can also require Government support and input to win bids and to host the events. This can come in the form of financial support, legislation, commercial protections, Information & Communications Technology support, transport and security provisions.”

“National Governing Bodies of sports, Sport Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media as well as Local Authorities and other public sector bodies such as An Garda Síochána and the National Transport Authority all play different roles at different levels of events. Others are also involved, such as international partners or private sector sponsors or organisers.”

The provision of a Major International Sports Events Strategy was laid out as a key task of the Department in the current Programme for Government and this survey is the first step in allowing the multiple stakeholders with an interest in the area to have their say.

Sport for Business will host a Members Round Table discussion to explore some of the areas being covered and hopefully provide some additional context for what will emerge.  This is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 5th at a Dublin City Centre location.

If you would like to join us for this, let us know in the entry form below.

The survey will test the public view on the definition of a major sports event, what we would like to see as a lasting benefit from them and the appetite for putting public money and energy to work on attracting them.

Speaking at the launch of the consultation, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers said:

“Ireland and the government is ambitious about hosting Major International Sports Events in Ireland. These events have the potential to drive participation in sport and contribute to trade, tourism, community pride, community engagement, regional development and economic growth. These events can also drive national pride and affect both how we see ourselves as a nation and how we are viewed internationally.”

“It is the government’s intention to bring a more strategic approach to the bidding for major events, to maximise the benefits and to work towards making Ireland a destination for Major International Sports Events. I look forward to reading the responses from a wide range of the Irish public and I particularly hope to hear from National Governing Bodies of Sport, other major event stakeholders and all those involved with sport in Ireland.”

Over recent years, Ireland has won bids to host Ryder Cup 2027, EURO 2020 and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.  It also engaged in a bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023 and learned lessons from that process.

We have also expressed interest in bidding for EURO 2028 with the UK and are this August will host the pandemic delayed first in a series of five major college football games in the Aviva Stadium known as the Aer Lingus College Football Classics.

The exploration of a bid process was also undertaken for the hosting of the next America’s Cup in sailing but the decision was taken not to proceed there on the basis of uncertainty over whether we would be able to provide the right level of experience in a shortened preparation window.