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Hosting the Commonwealth Games provides Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region with a fantastic opportunity to showcase its impressive portfolio of sporting venues to the world.

We’ve opened the application process for facilities around the region to submit applications to be considered for games time training venues. Below is a list of frequently asked questions which will help you to decide if your location is eligible.

How do I submit my facility to be considered as a games time training venue?

You can apply for your facility to become to be considered as an official games time training venue by completing an application form specific to the sport your venue is suitable for.

What are the benefits of coming an official games time training venue?

We are looking for the best facilities in the region to become official training venues for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and so they will be part of a prestigious group of facilities across the city and the region.

If selected, some of the best athletes in the world will use these venues, helping to the raise their profile regionally, nationally and internationally, and we hope that both young people who live near training venues and regular users will be inspired by their involvement in the Games.

We are also currently finalising ways in which we will be able to officially recognise and reward the facilities selected to be games time training venues.

How long will venues be required for?

All venues will be required for use for at least three weeks between 18th July 2022 – 10th August 2022 (this is subject to change).

Depending on what is required to get the venue set up, your facility might also be required in advance of these dates.

Do training venues need to be located close to the athletes’ accommodation?

Yes. One of the key criteria is that training venues are located within 30 minutes’ drive of where athletes are staying. In August 2020 we announced that we would be using three campus villages for athlete accommodation, so training venues need to be within 30 minutes’ drive of the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick or the NEC.

Will other people or clubs be able to continue using the venue during this time?

Unfortunately not. Because the competitors will be preparing for a major multi-sport event, we will require exclusive access to the venue during this period, so that they can fine-tune their preparations and we can ensure that all of their needs are catered for.

Can my facility host more than one sport?

Yes. You can apply for your venue to be a training facility for more than one sport, but you’ll need to complete a form for each sport that you’re interested in hosting.

When asked if you have already submitted an application, select ‘yes’ and enter the email address you used on your initial form. This will enable you to skip some questions and avoid repetition.

Is it possible to select more than one option when completing the form?

Yes. Please just hold down the Ctrl key on your computer and select the relevant information.

How long does it take to complete the form?

The application form will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. We need to ensure that we have as much information as possible about your venue. This will help us to make a quicker decision about whether your facility will be suitable.

What are the requirements for a facility to become a games time training venue?

Each sport has specific criteria which your venue needs to meet, in order to be able to apply to become a training venue.  We’d also like to know about the general facilities and existing policies you have in place at the venue. You can provide this information in the second part of the application.

Are training venues required for all of the sports?

No. We currently don’t require games time training venues for all sports but we will need them for: artistic gymnastics, athletics, boxing, cricket, hockey, netball, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby sevens, swimming and triathlon.

If you think your venue is suitable for a sport that is not listed, then you might be able to apply to host a pre-games training camp.

Is more than one training venue required for each sport?

Yes, for some sports we are looking to find more than one training venue.

When do I need to apply by, and when will I find out if we’ve made a successful application?

Venues will be able to submit applications via the website until 5pm on September 30th 2020.

We will then spend a few weeks reviewing applications.  All the venues that are successful at this stage will be notified by email and a site visit will be arranged.

These site visits are expected to take place from October until the end of the year and this will involve a team from Birmingham 2022 coming to view the venue. It will also provide a chance for you and for us to ask more questions.

Venues selected to become a games time training venue will hopefully be notified before the end of May 2021.

What happens if my venue is not selected as a training venue?

If your venue isn’t suitable to become a games time training venue, there are also opportunities to become a pre-games training camp. This is when a certain country or team requires a base before they move into the official accommodation for the Games.

Will you need to use our equipment?

Ideally yes, we will use the existing equipment at your venue, as long as this meets our specific requirements. This decision will be taken on a case by case basis.

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