Harper Macleod LLP is proud to be Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, the inaugural hosting of the continent's newest multi-sport event. As a firm which has Scotland's leading sports law practice, and which carried out a similar role for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was only natural that we would want to get involved.
The role sees us play a big part in the team working behind the scenes to deliver another successful event for Scotland. As part of this effort, Craig Daniels, one of our solicitors – is on full-time secondment to the Glasgow 2018 in-house Legal team.
In a series of blogs leading up to the event, Craig will share his insights about what it's like to be part of a massive event such as this. First up, though, there's the small matter of a milestone moment.
Craig Daniels, far right, and other members of the Glasgow 2018 team with Bonnie the Seal
August was a milestone month for the entire Glasgow 2018 team for many different reasons and the energy across the team has been fantastic as our vision for the inaugural European Championships takes shape.
Firstly, August marked one year to go until Glasgow 2018 officially kicks off on 2 August 2018 with qualifiers for Rowing, Gymnastics and Track Cycling.
The team (albeit a lot smaller back then) has been working on Glasgow 2018 since 2015, following the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. With less than one year to go, massive credit must go to those who have been involved since day one and thereafter for getting us to this point in great shape.
The Glasgow 2018 team is growing week-on-week and at the moment the office comprises teams covering all areas of the Championships including Sports; Venues; Legal; Marketing and PR; Governance; Partnerships and Commercial; Procurement; Safety, Security and Medical; Technology; Broadcast and many others.
The whole team has definitely been energised by the milestone being reached and everyone is focused on delivering an amazing European Championships.
As part of the lead up to the Championships next August, there has been a major programme for bringing on board volunteers to help represent Glasgow to all of our visitors and assist them in finding their way around the city.
The volunteers will play a crucial role in delivering the famous Scottish welcome and hospitality and they will soon have a brand new volunteer centre based in Glasgow city centre that will provide information and training to all those who have volunteered. Make sure you swing by the Merchant City as you can’t fail to miss it - the Look team have delivered a vibrant exterior to the volunteer centre.
Every single aspect of the Championships, from volunteering to every single service to be supplied, is governed by a contract or legal element – and come the time of the Championships there will be hundreds of them. That's where my team comes in, and to be honest nothing you'll experience in a lawyer's normal professional life can prepare you for what's involved in a one-off event such as this. Even Bonnie the Seal needs a lawyer!
Bonnie was another reason why August has been such an important month for Glasgow 2018. Our latest team member is our official mascot and she'll be spreading the news of Glasgow 2018 throughout the city and beyond.
Our marketing and PR teams have been working flat out with Bonnie in the lead up to, and since, her launch to engage with the team and the public. If you haven’t already then you really should check out Bonnie's adventure to date – along with where and when you can meet her - on the new Glasgow 2018 website (https://www.glasgow2018.com/championships/our-mascot) and remember to follow Bonnie on social media at @GLA2018Mascot.
Bonnie was joined at the Scottish Events Campus by one of our Glasgow 2018 Ambassadors, Olympic and Commonwealth champion Max Whitlock. The duo put on a show for the kids (and big kids) in attendance at the launch event, followed by a visit to the Glasgow 2018 office where we heard first hand from Max about his excitement in being involved in the lead up to and competing at Glasgow 2018.
It's great to have Max and Bonnie on board to let everyone outside of the team know more about the work being done in the lead up to Glasgow 2018.
Over the coming months, I'll also do my bit to show what life is like behind the scenes.
Till next time.