Glasgow Life is a charity which delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council. In doing so we aim to make a positive impact on individuals, the communities in which they live and the city as a whole. We deliver a range of services including arts, music, sports, events and festivals, libraries, community development and learning programmes. In addition, we manage cultural icons such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and sports facilities such as the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
Glasgow Sport operates one of the most extensive leisure operations in the UK with 32 leisure facilities and a significant outdoor leisure estate. Its dedicated Sports Development and Physical Activity Team promote sport from grassroots level through to elite athletes. Glasgow is in the world’s top five leading Sports Events host cities – and the number one for a city of its size – and was recently named the world’s leading festival and events destination.
The city has hosted the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, the 2017 TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships, the inaugural Glasgow 2018 European Championships in partnership with Berlin, the 2019 LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, and many other national, European and World Championship events.
Like other host cities across the world, the majority of Glasgow’s 2020 events were postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In 2021, Glasgow looks forward to welcoming the postponed UEFA EURO 2020 as the city seeks to rebuild and reinstate its major events portfolio, and returning to hosting events which inspire local and international audiences alike.