The search for local areas and facilities to host pre-games training camps is underway. Some of the 71 nations and territories taking part in the Games are looking to set up training camps to train and acclimatise ahead of the event – the biggest ever to be held in the West Midlands region!
Reasons to host athletes
One of the big draws in hosting teams can be an economic boost for the local area, but this is only one of many benefits to hosting. Birmingham 2022 can also raise the profile of the venues and facilities, build or strengthen relationships with Commonwealth nations and offer opportunities’ to avoid repetition to inspire young people from local clubs or the community, who may have a chance to watch training sessions or take part in events.
John Crabtree, Chair of Birmingham 2022, said:
“We have frequently said that the whole region and even the whole country will benefit from Birmingham 2022 and pre-Games training camps are a really great example of how that’s possible.”
“We are expecting 6,500 athletes and officials to come to Birmingham and the region to compete in the Games and many of those teams, especially from the larger Commonwealth nations, will be looking to arrive early, acclimatise and fine-tune their preparations, before moving into the official Games time accommodation.”
Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, said:
“This is a great opportunity for communities right across the country to play their part in Birmingham 2022. From fostering relationships with other Commonwealth nations to building the profile of local venues and facilities, there are significant benefits from hosting pre-Games training camps. I would encourage anywhere with the right facilities to express their interest.”
Birmingham is ready, again
Birmingham itself has successfully staged pre-games training camps in the past, with USA Track and Field and the Jamaican Athletics Association previously choosing the Alexander Stadium and the University of Birmingham respectively, as locations for their training camps, prior to both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the London 2017 World Athletics Championships.