Pekka Laitinen, CEO, Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre

Welcome to Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre – Again!

Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2019. We were the first swimming centre in Finland to meet the international standards for all aquatic sport disciplines when we opened our doors in 1999. The centre is the most popular aquatic sports centre in Finland. In 2016 the total number of visits reached a magical number of 800.000 on yearly basis.

Since our opening we have been lucky to organize several international championships meets in our swimming centre. The first big international competition was the European Championships in year 2000. Our second big meet was the Short Course European Championships in swimming 2006 followed by the European Junior Championships in swimming and diving in 2010 and the first FINA championships, namely the FINA World Junior Championships in synchronised swimming 2014. Now we have the privilege to host the LEN European Junior Championships in Diving and Swimming 2018. We are very pleased to cooperate closely with the Finnish Swimming Association.

All kinds of aquatic fitness activities are very popular in Finland, them being the most popular of all the indoor sports. The clientele of Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre consist of customers of all ages, from infants to grandparents who enjoy themselves in the pleasant water world. Additionally, the centre offers various other services such as exercise for groups, a gym, a sports hall as well as different classes, fitness tests and sports activity fairs.

Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre welcomes you to Finland! We wish all the competitors, coaches, team delegates as well as all the spectators warmly welcome to Mäkelänrinne!

Pekka Laitinen
CEO Urheiluhallit Oy

Pekka P. Paavola, Sport Director, Tampere City

Welcome to Tampere to European Junior Synchro Championships!

City of Tampere welcomes all international participants and guests to European Junior Synchro Championships. The Championships will be held at Tampere Swimming Centre, which was built in 1979. In order to meet current standards, we have done a thorough renovation for the entire Swimming Centre and the renovation was completed in 2015. Our citizens long term aspiration has been fulfilled as an interconnected outdoor pool will be added to the Swimming Centre. The construction will be finalized in the summer of 2018 after which our community can enjoy the summer days not only by swimming in the lakes but also in an outdoor pool as well.

Tampere is an active host and organizer for sports and cultural events. We want to focus especially to youth activities, of which these European Junior Synchro Championships are a good example of. On behalf of City of Tampere, I sincerely hope that all our Championship guests enjoy their stay at Tampere and you will have a positive image of Tampere.

City of Tampere relys on the ability of Finnish Swimming Association and Tampereen Uinnin tuki ry to arrange excellent Championships where we, as hosting City, are pleased to safeguard the smooth completion of this competition.

Welcome to Tampere! Let’s enjoy the European Junior Synchro performances!

Pekka P. Paavola
Director of Sports, City of Tampere