The countdown to Birmingham 2022 continues, and whilst we’re getting ready to welcome some of the world’s top athletes, we’re also shining the spotlight on those that go the extra mile to develop sport, encourage participation and promote physical and mental wellbeing in their community.

Meet the Hometown Heroes – the volunteers, coaches, managers, and grafters who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep grassroots sport alive. They’re the local champions making a real difference in the West Midlands. Read their stories on this page.

Read the full Hometown Heroes poem by Matt Windle