Top Clubs Competition
Over the last 18 months, the European Athletics Event & Competition Commission has developed options for staging a U20 DNA Clubs Cup and a potential 2022 host has been identified. This event for small, mixed-gender teams will be the forerunner of future European championships for different age groups that would support and strengthen national club systems by offering aspirational, cost-effective international competition opportunities.
Our current concept is that 16 or 24 federation-nominated (final number tbc), mixed gender teams of approximately 15 athletes representing clubs or sport schools will be selected by European Athletics to take part in the DNA Cup competition, featuring key-events (on a rotational basis), probably in September 2022.
With the long-term aim of integrating grassroots DNA competition into national systems in mind, an important consideration for the selection of teams will be the level of interest from nominating federations, and all their constituent clubs or sport schools, in the promotion and long-term development of DNA.