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The Eric Liddell 100

1924 – Eric Liddell at the Paris Olympics.

The Eric Liddell 100

A legend. A legacy. A lifetime of inspiration.

To secure, cherish and celebrate the legacy of Eric Liddell for future generations across the world.

About The Eric Liddell 100

The Eric Liddell 100 is a programme of events and activities to recognise and celebrate the life, sporting and community service achievements of one of Scotland’s iconic figures. It is being planned around 2024, the centenary of Eric Liddell’s historic success at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.

We are delighted that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, has agreed to be the Patron of The Eric Liddell 100.

The initiative is being led by The Eric Liddell Community, registered care charity, with the input and support of a wide range of partners.

About Eric Liddell 

Eric Liddell was a Scottish sprinter, rugby player, and Christian missionary. Although he was born in Tianjin, North China, Eric had strong links to Scotland and Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, represented Scotland in Rugby and Athletics, lived and taught in Edinburgh.

At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Liddell refused to run in the heats for his favoured 100 metres because they were held on a Sunday. Instead he competed in the 400 metres held on a weekday, a race that he won. He returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher. Aside from two furloughs in Scotland, he remained in China until his death in a Japanese civilian internment camp in 1945.

Liddell’s Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.

The story of Eric Liddell is important not only because of his sporting success but also his values and the good he brought to those he met. The story of his remarkable life and work continues to inspire people today.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal visiting The Eric Liddell Community
Eric Liddell being carried through the streets after winning a gold medal - July 1924, Paris, France
1924 – Eric Liddell in his gold medal winning 400m final at the Paris Olympics
1922 – Eric Liddell’s first appearance as a Rugby International (for Scotland)
Eric Liddell and team mates at Stamford Bridge 1924

Our Vision

To create a global community that celebrates Eric Liddell’s inspirational legacy, values and integrity.

Our Mission

To bring his achievements to life for everyone, and inspire new generations to make a positive impact on their community, their society and their world.

Our Values

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Enthusiasm, dedication, optimism, self-belief

A Heart representing the Eric Liddell Community Compassion value


Humility, selflessness, respect, care, community-minded

Hands shaking representing the Eric Liddell Community integrity value


Discretion, loyalty, self-sacrifice, principled

Our Aims

  • To celebrate Eric Liddell globally, for his exceptional life, values and achievements.
  • To acknowledge how his outlook shapes how we help people live full lives.
  • To show a new generation how these aims can help them live their best lives.
  • To build on existing international links and strengthen relationships around the world.
  • To develop new sporting, business, cultural and educational relationships linked to Eric Liddell’s legacy.
Eric Liddell Smiling at the Paris Olympics


  • Educational: Development of physical and online resources to support learning in schools, universities, and adult learning.
  • Sporting and Physical Activity: Promoting the legacy of Eric Liddell’s sporting success through participation, engagement, fun and competition across multiple disciplines.
  • Cultural: The creation of an Eric Liddell Exhibition and other cultural celebrations in keeping with his legacy.

Get Involved

There are many ways that you can support our work, including:

Helping to deliver the plans

We will be working closely with schools, sporting and cultural organisations to develop and implement this initiative. If you or your team could help bring this global initiative to life, we would love to hear from you.

Raising awareness & promoting our work

One of our key aims is to raise awareness of Eric Liddell, his achievements and values. If you can help by sharing information about The Eric Liddell 100 through your networks, media connections and social media platforms, this would be greatly appreciated.

Making connections

We are collaborative by nature and cannot realise our vision alone. If you can introduce us to prospective partners, supporters or funders who would be interested in this pioneering initiative, please do put us in touch.

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Can you or your organisation help to fund our plans? We are developing opportunities for sponsorship and we would love to hear from you if you can offer any support.

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