As Birmingham marks one year to go until the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we’re committing to maximising the impact of the Games at a grassroots level.
The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games will get under way on 28 July 2022, and the organising committee has five core mission pillars it’s hoping to achieve – one of them being the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing.
As an organisation we’re supporting the development of facilities for the event and regional legacy plans designed to help get people active.
The Games present a huge opportunity to take steps towards making activity more accessible to all, and for our executive director of property, Charles Johnston, it’s important we live up to our strategy promise.
“With only a year to go until the Games begin, we have started working to fulfil the pledge in our Uniting the Movement strategy to leave a lasting Commonwealth Games legacy,” he said.
“The investment we are making into both the West Midlands and the wider country is a commitment to tackle inequality, bring communities together and provide young people with positive experiences of sport and physical activity.”
In order to help make activity more accessible to all and to work on the big issues highlighted in our Uniting the Movement strategy, we’ll be investing nearly £30 million - a combination of National Lottery and government funding - to help remove the barriers faced by communities that traditionally find it harder to be active.
Part of that investment will see £3m going to the Commonwealth Active Communities programme in the Black Country, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull, which will support people to move more on a daily basis, where they live.