Commonwealth Games 2022
The Commonwealth Games is scheduled to take place in Birmingham in July 2022. As the city's strategic Sports Partnership, Sport Birmingham will fully support and engage with the Games and we are looking forward to contributing significantly to the benefits it can provide to the City and the wider region.
With strong transport links, youth, diversity and vibrancy, Birmingham is the perfect host and has an excellent record of delivering large international sporting events. Birmingham has recently hosted the All England Open Badminton Championships, Aegon Classic Tennis Championships, Rugby World Cup fixtures, IAAF World Indoor Championships, Gymnastic World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy fixtures and will also host ICC World Cup fixtures in 2019 at Edgbaston.
In addition to excellent hosting experiences and world class sporting venues, Birmingham is also one of the youngest cities in Europe and the most ethnically and culturally diverse major regional city in the UK. The Birmingham population is made up of over 150 different nationalities and with 314,000 (6%) of residents in the West Midlands born in a Commonwealth country. In addition, Birmingham has the highest proportion of under 15 year olds of any major city in Europe and highest proportion of under 20 year olds of any major city in the UK, many of whom are part of 700+ community and sports organisations in the city.
Sport Birmingham aims to use the excitement of the Commonwealth Games and the power of sport and physical activity to bolster interest and participation across the city. We will collaborate with Birmingham City Council and the Organising Committee as well as many other local and regional partners to help the Games connect with the people and the communities of the City; in particular, we will look to focus on:
- Youth Talent and engagement – in the community and schools
- Inclusion – disability sport and activity, including other underrepresented groups
- Workforce – volunteering and skills development
- Community Games – festivals and roadshows
- Team Leadership
- Overall Company Direction and Performance
- Organisational Culture
- Board Support and Development