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Could your venue be one of them?

In less than two years, thousands of athletes from all over the world will be arriving in the West Midlands, ready to give the performance of their life.

To help them deliver their best during the competition, they need the right training facilities to fine-tune their last-minute preparations.

That’s why we’ve issued an open call to venues all over the West Midlands to apply to become official training venues before and during the Games in 2022.

We need suitable training venues for 10 of the 19 sports in our programme: athletics, boxing, women’s cricket T20, hockey, netball, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby sevens, swimming and triathlon.

Each sport has specific criteria which venues must meet to be eligible, and they can apply to host one or several sports depending on the facilities they have available.

Kings Heath Cricket Club in Birmingham is applying to be a training venue. Asma Ajaz-Ali coaches women’s cricket at the club and says it’s a great opportunity:

“More and more young girls are playing cricket, and I am sure that seeing their heroes training at their clubs will inspire them to succeed, increase participation and grow the profile of the sport across the region.”

World number five squash player Sarah-Jane Perry from Kenilworth is a member of the Birmingham 2022 Athletes’ Advisory Committee. After winning silver at Gold Coast in 2018, she knows the importance of the right training venue:

“Any elite athlete will tell you that good preparation is the key to success at a major championships. Having the right training facilities during Birmingham 2022 is really important and, being based in the West Midlands already, I know that we have some of the best in the world.

“Having state-of-the-art training facilities gives athletes the confidence that they can perform to the best of their ability and I can’t wait to be competing for gold on home soil in 2022.”

Sports facilities can find out more about the criteria required to become a training venue below. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2020.

Good luck!

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