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 shares his insights about what it's like to be part of a massive event such as this. Here, he explains how the Glasgow 2018 team, and its team spirit, is growing to keep up with the pace as their finish line (and the athletes' start line) draws closer. There are parallels with endurance athletes as the team hears the bell for the last lap (endurance athletes with a side interest in commercial contracts, that is!)
Pictures by schoolkids of Glasgow 2018 mascot Bonnie the Seal adorn the Championships' office walls
As I write this blog there are six months to go until the inaugural European Championships open in both Glasgow and Berlin. 160 days to be exact! The Championships are coming into view and all of us at Glasgow 2018 can see the finish line ahead.
It's been an amazing journey so far and, whilst we have always maintained a steady pace with preparations, since New Year we have all moved up a gear and are prepared for the final sprint. The pace of preparation across all departments has increased and, like the athletes that will compete for glory in August, the team all feel like they are in a race. They are displaying great endurance, stamina, resilience and determination to ensure that the athletes, Federations and most importantly, the fans are treated to a world class Championships full of drama and excitement.
As we get closer to August the procurement pipeline becomes busier and busier as we look to engage with first class suppliers who will work with us to deliver the Championships.
The procurement tracker is showing a rapid flow of contracts into and out of the pipeline. Team Legal is currently deep in contracts with suppliers of all types and with a focus across many key areas of Glasgow 2018. With the help of our Procurement Team and each of the department heads and their respective teams we are able to make good ground in negotiations and have recently concluded some more major contracts.
I am sure there will be some more announcements in the coming months regarding new partners and suppliers that Glasgow 2018 is working with. Watch this space!
The more the merrier
It's not just workloads that are scaling up - the Glasgow 2018 team itself is growing significantly with more team members to come. We have such a strong team now that our current office layout is undergoing a bit of a makeover to free up space as we welcome new colleagues.
For me and, no doubt many others in the team, seeing the team grow around us is the most obvious sign that the Championships are getting nearer and that the preparations have moved into a scale up stage as we prepare for delivery of a world class and top level European Championships.
Every single one of the team members is key to what we are doing. Our Championships Director, Colin Hartley, recently announced a series of team events where we will all meet together to share our experiences from Glasgow 2018 and previous international sporting events, to help motivate one another and maintain the great work ethic and team spirit that we've built.
If there is one thing to take away from Glasgow 2018, it's that team spirit is vital to building a successful unit who collaborate and work together so well.
What would my blog be without mention of everyone's favourite seal, Bonnie. Well, she has been hard at work since returning from the Christmas holidays as she's pounding the pavements, high fiving all comers at community events, schools, workplaces and anywhere else that takes her fancy! Bonnie does a great job in spreading the news about Glasgow 2018 and meeting with all the fans both young and old.
She tells me that she was amazed by all of the pictures drawn for her by local school children, which also helped to brighten up the walls of some of our office meeting spaces. Keep an eye out for Bonnie as she will be even busier over the coming months in lead up to August 2018.
Until the next time.