By James Crook

LEN-Logo-300x170September 6 - British Swimming will host the first European Swimming League (LEN) Congress Conference and Exhibition in Edinburgh this month, which will focus on issues around governance of the sports, the training of elite coaches and bidding for major international events.

The Assembly Rooms and the Roxburghe Hotel will host the event on September 27 and 28 in which around 180 delegates will hear how the European governing body is progressing under its new leadership, whilst British Swimming will present their own plans for major events, including the LEN 2016 European Championships at the Aquatics Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

"We are delighted to be hosting this LEN Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland where the leaders from around Europe will gather to work through the strategic needs of swimming in Europe," said David Sparkes, chief executive of British Swimming.

"We will see our leading coaches starting to plan now their competitive programme for the build up to Rio in 2016 to ensure Europe comes back with more medals in all our sports."

EventScotland chief operating officer Paul Bush added: "Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we are delighted to welcome the LEN Congress Conference to Edinburgh this year.

"Aquatics play an important part in our annual sporting calendar, and we look forward to welcoming delegates ahead of 2014, when Scotland will of course host the 20th Commonwealth Games, with the diving competition taking place at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool."

Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool will host diving events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth GamesEdinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool will host diving events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The Congress will give the Scottish capital an opportunity to show what it has to offer ahead of hosting Commonwealth diving events next year, claimed Richard Lewis, City of Edinburgh Council Culture and Sport Convener

"Hosting the LEN Congress will give us a further opportunity to showcase Edinburgh and, more specifically, the recently refurbished and quite magnificent Assembly Rooms," he said.

"As hosts to the Commonwealth Games diving competitions next year, there is obviously a buzz around aquatics in the city, which I'm sure will feed through into the delegates' discussions and decision-making during their stay."

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