Chris Boardman, Sport England chair – speaking directly to the camera in the Impact Fitness gym, and then over a montage of community groups getting active in ways such as walking, cycling, tennis wrestling, boxing and judo:
“The Games is a wonderful, fun, social event that brings us all together. Which also makes it a platform on which we can build a true legacy.
“And that’s why Sport England has invested £35 million to do just that.
“So I’m in Birmingham today to see what all of that actually means – how Sport England’s investment is impacting local people and what legacy should really mean.
“As our strategy, Uniting the Movement, is all about giving more people the opportunity to get active regardless of their ability, background or bank balance, a huge part of our Commonwealth Games investment is focused on local community organisations – because they know what’s right for them and the people that they serve.”
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England chief executive – speaking directly to camera on a community basketball court:
"With the legacy from the Birmingham Games, it’s very clear for us that there may be lots of ways to try and achieve it, but the ambition is to enable people locally, regionally and indeed, ultimately, nationally to have more activity in their lives – to feel the benefits of that for their physical and mental health and wellbeing, their sense of community, and perhaps most of all, to have ensured that those who previously felt more excluded and less engaged by sport, have had the chance to do so, because of the programmes we run."
Naseem Akhtar, Saheli hub founder – speaking directly to the camera outside the Saheli Hub:
"Originally, we had an idea and a vision to challenge the stereotype of women, ethnic minority women, especially Asian women in sport and physical activity.
"And I feel that Sport England really bought into that and helped us on our journey from day one."
Chris Boardman, Sport England chair – speaking over a montage of users of the Impact Fitness Academy taking part in wrestling, judo and boxing, as well as a presentation of a Sport England plaque at the facility:
"This is the Impact Fitness Academy. A community organisation in the heart of Birmingham’s inner city.
"It offers a mix of sports like judo, wrestling and boxing, and uses them as a way to engage disadvantaged children, young people, women and families.
"The academy received £10,000 from Sport England’s Commonwealth Games Places and Spaces Fund.
"A funding boost that helped them buy more equipment, such as more wrestling mats, and make renovations to the gym to make it safe and inclusive."
Coach Haniyah, Impact Fitness – speaking directly to camera in the Impact Fitness gym:
"We ordered new mats, larger ones. We also ordered a boxing ring and some other things to help the children really get more into the environment of the sport."
Coach Farid, head coach at Impact Fitness – speaking directly to camera in the Impact Fitness gym:
"We’re able to now run full-time grassroots programmes and develop the kids from grassroots all the way up to competitive level."
Chris Boardman, Sport England chair – speaking over a montage of users of the Impact Fitness Academy taking part in wrestling, judo and boxing:
"They’ve created a sports facility accessible to all communities in the community, offering a space for everyone to be active and healthy – and their work is transforming lives."
Coach Haniyah – speaking directly to camera in the Impact Fitness gym:
"I think you see a big confidence change. They start to become excited to show up and it’s just nice to see them run into the class, get straight on the mats and start practicing their moves."
Yusuf, 15, Impact Fitness member – speaking directly to camera in the Impact Fitness gym:
"Coming here gives me a chance to release all of my energy. If I’ve had a bad day or if something bad has happened, it gives me a chance to put my energy into a positive way."
Ava, 9, Impact Fitness member – speaking directly to camera in the Impact Fitness gym:
"I like just coming and fighting [in a safe environment], to just express my emotions and my feelings and my passion."
Chris Boardman, Sport England chair – speaking directly to camera in the Impact Fitness Academy:
"Sport England’s mission is to get more people active, and by investing in people and places like this, we can ensure that the legacy of the Commonwealth Games 2022 is one to be proud of."