“Aston University backs Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Our city already has much of the infrastructure in place, with world-class facilities like Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa – the club we proudly partner with – ready to host the Rugby 7s.

“Hosting the games isn’t just about facilities, it’s about filling them with people from across the world who are passionate about sport. Thousands of people from across the Commonwealth and beyond have made Birmingham and the wider region their home, and many of them, myself included, love sport. We want to bring the world to Birmingham in 2022 and we believe we will host a spectacular and memorable Games.”