British Ice Skating is thrilled to announce that Sheffield has been provisionally selected to host the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2026.
The major international competition, that was last held in the UK in 2012, will be back on British soil thanks to a successful bid from BIS supported by UK Sport and Sheffield City Council. The competition will be one of the final events to take place before the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympic Games.
Michelle Draper, CEO of British Ice Skating, said: “The very best skaters from across Europe will once again be on an ice rink in the UK. This is a wonderful opportunity for our sport, members and fans across the country. It’s an honour to not only be able to host such a prestigious event, but in an Olympic season when the eyes of the world will be on winter sports it is even more special.
“The physical and mental health benefits that come with taking part in our wonderful sport are enormous. Hosting the European Championships means we will be able to showcase ice skating on home soil, encouraging more people to head to their local rink to try it out.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support shown by UK Sport and Sheffield City Council who both shared our vision in bringing the competition back to the UK. The countdown starts now!”
Esther Britten, Head of Major Events at UK Sport, said: “Bringing the ISU European Figure Skating Championships to Sheffield in 2026 offers an exciting opportunity to showcase Britain’s capability to host major sport events. Thanks to the ongoing support of The National Lottery, we can continue funding the delivery of high-class competition across the country, attracting a broader and more diverse fanbase to Olympic and Paralympic sport.
“The proximity of the European Championships to the Olympic Games in Milan-Cortina provides a perfect platform for British skaters to perform on home ice before they set their sights on Italy. We’ll now turn our attention to supporting British Ice Skating and Sheffield City Council to put on an event which the city, Yorkshire, and the entire nation can be proud of.”
The competition will take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield, from January 12-18, 2026.