Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:27 by Miss Evie Harrison
June has been quite the month for commonwealth games announcements and latest news. We've grouped these and a few other Birmingham related stories in this month's blog. Have a read through of this month's news:
Government have announced £778m investment into city and region to deliver Commonwealth Games. The public funding, which includes contingency, will be split approximately 75% / 25% between investment from central government (£594 million) and Birmingham City Council and a number of its key partners (£184 million), click here for the full article.
In addition to the announcement of funding Alexander Stadium has released plans for the redevelopment of the space, check it out here.The changes to the 40-year-old stadium, which currently hosts the British Championships and Diamond League events annually, will include an increase in permanent seating capacity from 12,700 to 18,000, allowing up to 40,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating. Make sure you've had your say on the new designs, with a public consultation period finishing on Friday 12th July 2019. Aside from the athletics focus with 2022 this month also brought news that three sports are being added to the line up womens cricket, beach volleyball & para table tennis now in the mix.
With more of a Birmingham focus the city has just been awarded 300k for a Childhood obesity trailblazer programme, for more on this head here. In further funding news the West Midlands region awarded £1.9m by Department of Transport, this includes a multitude of improvements to train stations across the west midlands. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of where received what. The Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner wants to commission a Community-based communication service to strategically reach key communities and stakeholder audiences regarding the work being done through the Commission on gangs and violence, raising awareness on initiatives and milestones, for more explore here.
On a personal note this is my last blog post as Insight officer for Sport Birmingham, I hope in my time in the role I've been able to support a range of stakeholders through the Insight page whether this be through the Birmingham Profiles or making you aware of the latest stories across the city. Thank you!