Rotterdam is due to stage the first-ever European Para Championships ©European Para Championships

Parties interested in staging a future edition of the European Para Championships (EPC) have been invited to participate in the event’s observer programme.

Rotterdam in The Netherlands is due to host this year’s inaugural EPC from August 8 to 20.

During the event, delegations considering bidding to host the tournament in 2027 and beyond have been given the opportunity to meet on August 12 and 13 in the Dutch city.

It is hoped that the observer programme will provide officials with a deeper understanding of the event as they are set to be given the chance to speak to the organisers and go on guided tours.

"We expect that, by attending, potential future hosts will be able to visualise the huge impact the European Para Championships could have on a city and region - as is the case in Rotterdam," said EPC founder Eric Kersten.

"We are in Rotterdam, the truly spectacular city, for the first edition.

"We hope attendees will have an amazing experience at Rotterdam Ahoy and the city centre courts where we aim to bring parasports to the people.

Para archery is among the sports that is set to form part of the European Para Championships ©European Para Championships
Para archery is among the sports that is set to form part of the European Para Championships ©European Para Championships

"We will also be showcasing the sporting, cultural, and media venues in action.

"As a team we are excited to welcome all interested parties to show this brand new concept."

Presentations from the organisers on their approach, structure, key challenges and successes in putting on the multi-sport event is set to form part of the observer programme.

Senior representatives from the City of Rotterdam and EPC are also expected to give talks along with the European Paralympic Committee.

Several tours are due to be on offer including a visit to the Main Media Centre and Schouwburgplein with the city centre courts and finals of wheelchair tennis and boccia.

Parties have been given until July 17 to express their invest in attending the observer programme.

Para cycling, Para archery, Para badminton, wheelchair tennis, boccia, goalball, wheelchair basketball, Para judo, Para shooting and Para taekwondo are set to feature at this year’s EPC.