With the year already flying by, it might be a surprise to many that as of today it’s officially 100 days until the opening ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
With it already being an extraordinarily short turnaround for Birmingham and the West Midlands – after the decision to remove hosting responsibilities from Durban, South Africa – Birmingham has only had a four-and-a-half-year cycle to prepare for the sporting event, which will take place within the city and across the West Midlands from 28 July-8 August.
The Commonwealth Games has always been known as the ‘friendly games’ so in what has been, and continues to be, a difficult couple of years for many this is an opportunity to come together as a nation, to celebrate and to cheer on the incredible sporting talent from across the Commonwealth.
However, for us at Sport England, as like other previous major sporting events, it’s an opportunity to use sport and physical activity to transform lives and communities, making it accessible and available for everyone – no matter their background.
A legacy that helps to both develop the sporting talent of the future and to achieve the ambitions and commitment in our 10-year strategy – Uniting the Movement – to tackle inequalities, level up access and use sport and physical activity to help create more resilient, inclusive and connected communities is our driving ambition.
That’s why our £35m legacy investment into the games is so exciting.