The organisation expects thousands of participants, as in 2016. In this year’s edition the iconic Museum Square will be the main location for the event. The USWA hosts several National and European Championships of urban sports, ranging from the Dutch Championships Boulder to the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup.
Urban top athletes get a fitting urban stage to showcase their skills. For fans, it's a unique opportunity to see the best national and international athletes in action. And for the many amateur participants it is a unique opportunity to show their skills to a larger audience. Access to the fans is free with the exception of the Dutch Championships Boulder and the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup.
Large number of Urban Sports disciplines
BMX, Inline skating, breakdance, free running and skateboarding are the most important disciplines with most participants. The Dutch Championships Boulder is integrated into the USWA, as it was in 2016. New this year is the addition of the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup, where twelve men and twelve women's teams compete for the European title of the 3x3 basketball in a purpose build temporary 3x3 stadium on the Museum Square.
The Urban Sports Week Amsterdam is an initiative of the city of Amsterdam, Topsport Amsterdam, TIG Sports and various urban sports communities in the capital. Those communities are represented in the organisation by three ambassadors. These are Daniel Wedemeijer - (Amsterdam / BMX), Sven Boekhorst (Den Bosch / Inline Skating) and Marco Gerris (Amsterdam / Dance).
City of Amsterdam opens 'playground'
During the 2016 edition the event was spread over 22 locations in the city. This year, several disciplines will be bundled in five different locations. "By focusing groups of urban sports we make the event even more attractive with more impact for the spectators. In this way, there is a more intense experience for fans and participants, "said Marnix Drysdale, on behalf of organiser TIG Sports.
Eric van der Burg, Alderman Sport of the City of Amsterdam said: "We focus on sports and an active lifestyle in for all inhabitants. Urban sports are becoming more and more popular and by supporting this event we want to encourage more kids to use more parts of the city for sports. We trust this event will encourage even more inhabitants and visitors of our city to get things moving. In the meantime, the city is creating more places where urban sports can be enjoyed. The city is your playground. I look forward to the USWA and the spectacular parts of the USWA in July.”
T-Mobile and Sony Xperia as presenting partners
Earlier this week USWA event organisers announced the continuation partnerships with T-Mobile and Sony Xperia for the 2017 edition.