A showstopper on and off the track!
06/09/2017 (18:13 00)
A showstopper on and off the track!

Spectators at the Stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq will be treated to no less than three days of performances from Europe’s top athletes. But that’s not all! Indeed, they’ll also get the chance to witness a host of entertainment, before and during the competition. Presentation.

Youngsters have the place of honour
One week before the European Team Championships, the children from the Lille metropolis will be able to try their hand at athletics thanks to Kid Stadium and Urban Athlé. From 14 to 16 June, on the track at the Stadium, these two devices will play host to some 5,000 children and adolescents from the surrounding schools, colleges and social structures. Each day, a team of fifteen to twenty people will be dedicated to coaching them. What better way to discover the top Olympic sport! On 17 June, from 10:00am to 19:00pm, a Défi Sprint (Sprint Challenge) will also be proposed in the V2 shopping centre in Villeneuve-d’Ascq. A great opportunity to test your peak speed.

An Olympic opening
Though the European Team Championships will kick off mid-afternoon on Friday 23 June, the opening ceremony at 20:15pm will herald the official start of the competition organised by the European Athletics Association (EAA). 2,024 children will participate, both on the field and in the flag procession, in a nod to Olympic Day and Paris’ bid for the Olympic Games 2024. This emotional highlight is sure to be etched on the memories of the participants. From there, it will be over to the official speeches by Sven Arne Hansen, President of the EAA, André Giraud, President of the French Athletics Federation, and Damien Castelain, President of the European Metropolis of Lille. Just after that, it will be time for the popular 10km Friday Run, a race that starts and finishes inside the stadium. A great opportunity to hit the track where a number of champions will be competing throughout the weekend. Some dancing surprises are also in store over the course of the afternoon, with a performance by the Umitomi dance troop from northern France, famed for its showstopping routines.

Athlix makes a comeback
After over a year’s absence, the French Athletics Federation’s mascot hits the track once more. The very familiar look will be same, albeit in a new slimline version. Indeed, Athlix has switched from an inflatable model to a cuddly toy format, meaning he can put on demonstrations at several athletics events. Full of energy and good humour, he’s sure to put on a show on the track to the great delight of spectators.