The European Athletics Championships 2016 took place in Amsterdam between 6 and 10 July 2016. The central research question in this study is the following: What is the social impact of the European Athletics Championships Amsterdam 2016 and which factors have contributed to this? The study shows that the European Athletics Championships 2016 was successful in general. The accessibility of the event outside the Olympic Stadium, the integration of the Paralympic components and the performance of Dutch athletes contributed to this success. The competitions were well attended and the city of Amsterdam was put on the map. Many children were reached both through the event itself and the side events and they reacted enthusiastically to the various activities. As regards to the social spin-off programme, it may be concluded that 13 of 21 objectives were realised. It cannot be said with certainty about 5 objectives whether they were achieved or not. Only 3 objectives were not achieved.
Literatuurverwijzing: Berkel, D. van, & Gugten, M. van der (2016). Athletics like never before: evaluation of the European Athletics Championships 2016 social spin-off. Amsterdam: DSP-groep.