DNA event will give new Scotland vest chance in February

Thursday 14th October 2021

Photo by Bobby Gavin

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Scotland will compete in an exciting European indoor event in Glasgow in February.

European Athletics, Glasgow Life, and EventScotland are teaming up to deliver the Dynamic New Athletics Indoor (DNA) at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 5 February 2022.

The DNA event is a mixed-gender, fast-paced, short and compact team athletics event which takes place over just two hours.

This event will be a showcase for a new format of men and women competing together in athletics with Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland taking on teams from Spain and Turkey.

The six teams will be competing across 10 disciplines as they seek to be crowned the Dynamic New Athletics Indoor Champions 2022.

scottishathletics will confirm in due course a selection policy for a Scotland team of 16 athletes.

‘We’re pleased to support the innovative DNA event coming to Glasgow early next year,’ said Colin Hutchison, chief executive.

‘Exploring additional opportunities for athletes to represent Scotland is an on-going discussion for us both internally and with other partners.

‘The DNA will present that chance to 16 athletes and competing in front of a packed crowd at the Emirates Arena should be both exciting for them and a good learning experience.’

Coverage from AW

‘We’re always looking for opportunities for athletes to represent Scotland’ – Colin Hutchison (photo by Bobby Gavin)

This will be the first-ever indoor version of the previously launched outdoor Dynamic New Athletics event, which was held in Minsk in 2019. More information under can be found at www.dna.run

‘We’re delighted to be hosting the first stand-alone edition of Dynamic New Athletics at Emirates Arena in February next year,’ said Billy Garrett, Glasgow Life’s Director of Sport and Events.

‘Glasgow and its people are fiercely proud of our global reputation for hosting inspiring and innovative events, and this has been built-up over years of experience hosting new and exciting events such as the Dynamic New Athletics.

‘As with other major events hosted in the city, we’re also looking forward to supporting a programme for young people which will run alongside DNA, giving the next generation the chance to get involved and try out new athletics activities.’

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events, said: ‘Scotland is a world-leader in delivering innovative new events and we are delighted to be working with European Athletics to develop Dynamic New Athletics for the next generation of young athletes.

‘Glasgow and Scotland have a proud history in hosting athletics events, including the highly successful European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019.

‘We cannot wait to welcome athletics back to the Emirates Arena in 2022 where the Home Nations will kick off a year of sporting rivalry ahead of Birmingham Commonwealth Games.’



England vs. Scotland vs. Wales vs. Ireland vs. Spain vs. Turkey


6 Teams: Mixed men & women, up to 16 athletes in each team, focus on team tactics and strategy.

2 Hours: Fast-paced sequence of events, only one event at a time.

10 events: Focus on run, jump & throw, traditional & new formats presented in a new way.

Easy scoring: Everything counts, 2 to 12 points for each event – 12 points for 1st place to 2 points for 6th place.

Winner: The last event (the Hunt) will decide the winning team.


Glasgow, Emirates Arena


Saturday 5 February 2022


Tags: Billy Garrett, Colin Hutchison, DNA Athletics, Emirates Arena, European Athletics, Paul Bush

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