The West Midlands will host one of the largest international sporting and cultural events in 2022. This will be an opportunity not only for showcasing elite athletes from around the world, but also placing Birmingham and the region on the international stage. The ambitious event is seen as an opportunity to leave a legacy of an enriched economy, improved regional infrastructure, celebration of cultural diversity, and improved health and wellbeing in the region.
The briefing provided up to date information on plans and programmes leading up to the Games that encourages local people to be increasingly engaged with the Games through volunteering, training and job opportunities, cultural and sports activities. Four presenters shared the plans and initiatives as part of their involvement in the lead up to and legacy from the Games:
- Cat Orchard, Head of Community Partnerships – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham City Council – presentation can be found here.
- Bethan Stimpson, Delivery Lead on Community Engagement , Commonwealth Games – presentation can be found here.
- Adam Rigarlsford, Regional Partnership Lead, Sport England – presentation can be found here.
- Sue Brueton, Funding Manager, The National Lottery Community Fund – presentation can be found here.
Information was provided on the investment in infrastructure and sporting venues that will be left as a legacy for the region, as well as specific funding programmes being delivered by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Birmingham City Council and Sport England that will target priority areas in the region to ensure that health and wellbeing is improved, access to skills development and job opportunities and experience a range of sporting activities. A specific Commwealth Games legacy charity has been set up that will continue to provide ongoing resources and support beyond the Games.
A recording of the Briefing can be found here.