Birmingham and the West Midlands is a region of makers, of kind hearts and never-quitters.
The Games gives us a chance to surprise, to show our rich array of cultures, faiths, and history. It will give individuals, communities, and businesses a chance to flourish. The Games will help us to recharge, rise, grow, and succeed, leaving a long lasting legacy and advancing our ambition for a fair and thriving region for all.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is ‘the Games for Everyone’.
By advancing equity on the field of play, we are inspired and challenged to mirror these firsts in our legacy work. We aim to deliver several Games’ firsts:
- The first carbon-neutral Games
- The first time a social value requirement has been embedded in every tender for goods and services
- The largest Business and Tourism programme of any Games
- The first comprehensive and most ambitious community engagement programme
- The first Games to fully integrate volunteers from all delivery partners into a united volunteering programme
The Games has the power to bring people together, improve health and wellbeing, act as a catalyst for change, help the region to grow, and put us on the global stage. These are the five pillars of our mission. This vision will be delivered through collaborative interventions and an inclusive approach.
The region already has a strategy to create a healthier, happier, better connected, and more prosperous West Midlands. And like the sporting achievements on the field of play, the Games will inject pace and purpose, bringing partners together around those ambitions. These Games will help to shape the recovery and renewal of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK as we look to build back better. Ours is a unique Commonwealth Games story and is where the legacy of Birmingham 2022 must begin.
When the curtain rises on the opening ceremony of the Games in July 2022 Birmingham, the West Midlands, and the whole UK will be at the centre of the international spotlight. The Games will be the largest multi-sport competition to be held in England in 10 years with a global broadcast audience of 1 billion, spanning over 11 days of sport. We want to use the Games to send a clear message that Birmingham, the West Midlands and indeed the whole of the UK is open for business.
“If local people can be a part of something big-scale that represents their city, they’re gonna wanna be involved. There’s so many moving parts – yeah it’s a sporting event – but there’s also food, there’s the dance, the theatre, the art. I feel like the community can really get behind it and have fun. Hopefully it’ll reignite their love for sport.”
Kofi Josephs, Team England basketball player from Birmingham
“I hope that Birmingham 2022, doesn’t just achieve a spectacular showcase of our region across the globe, but opens the doors of opportunity to our young, vibrant and humble generation. If we can look back in five years and show how it inspired young people – whether for a career, sport or personal development, it will very much be worth it!”
Kashmire DS Hawker – Organising Committee Apprentice