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The partnership between the FCN and Spar International enters its second year as the FCN team travel over Lille, France for the European Team Athletics championships


The partnership between the FCN and Spar International enters its second year as the FCN team travel over Lille, France, to support Spar International’s work as the principal sponsor of the European Team Athletics Championships and spread the word about the need for more female coaches at elite level Track and Field in Europe.

From Friday 23rd June – Sunday 25th June, the FCN will be promoting the role?of coaching, interviewing female coaches, delivering workshops?as well as hosting a number of track and field activities for the next generation of young athletes.


“We are very proud to be entering our second year of our partnership with Spar International. ?They have been a huge support in bringing the need for more female coaches to the attention of those who need to hear it! ?The European Team Championships will give us another opportunity to promote the FCN, speak with the female coaches involved and of course promote the fantastic sport of track and field to young children across the City.”

Vicky Huyton – Founder of the FCN


The FCN will be posting on their social media channels throughout the weekend!

A big thank you to Spar International for their continued support of the FCN. ?We are very much looking forward alongside their fantastic team and introducing a whole new generation of children to the sport of track and field!

For more information about SPARK and the work of the FCN at the European Championships, please email us at



About the European Team Championships

In a sport which is normally about individual success, that philosophy is forgotten for three thrilling days when every run, jump or throw is?for the team ? and there is no excitement or?drama like it.

Each position wins a point and every point can mean a difference to being crowned the champions, survival or even relegation.

Divided into four divisions of 12, the Championships has more teams than ever before, with Vaasa in Finland hosting the First League, Tel Aviv in Israel hosting the Second League and Tbilisi?in Georgia?hosting the Third League.

Formerly the European Cup, the European Athletics Team Championships first took place in 2009 and is held every year two years.

And for France, the omens are good, because in the last two editions, the home nation has been crowned champions ? Germany in Braunschweig in 2014 and Russia in Cheboksary in 2015.

Along with the hosts, the nations competing in Lille will be Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and the Netherlands. The participation of Russia is subject to the IAAF?s decision to reintergrate the All-Russia Athletic Federation.

Unlike the old European Cup, the Team Championships is a combined men?s and women?s competition with points related to position, sliding down from 12 for first place to?one for last place.

France has had a consistent record, finishing third in 2015, fourth on four occasions and fifth once, and their sprinter Christophe Lemaitre is one of the superstars of the event.

In Stockholm in 2011, he set the championship record times for the 100m (9.95) and 200m (20.28) and either him or teammate Jimmy Vicaut have won the last four 100m.

Along with Lemaitre, France?s Yoann Kowal (3000m steeplechase, 8:25.50, 2014), Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault, 6.01m, 2009), the men?s 4x400m relay (3:00.47, 2015) and Cindy Billaud (100m hurdles, 12.66, 2014) also hold championship records.

When Lille M?tropole hosts the event between 23-25 June, it will be the first time any of the divisions of the European Athletics Team Championships has been staged in France and while it was 21 years ago that the city staged the European Cup, that day produced an astonishing moment of triple jumping from Britain?s Jonathan Edwards when he cleared a wind-assisted 18.43m.




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