Welcome to the first edition of Get Set, Birmingham City Council’s bi-monthly Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games newsletter for our residents.
In this issue you will see a tremendous amount of progress has been made to get the city Games-ready and the legacy benefits that are being created as a result of the Games. There is also information about how you can join in and participate in the run up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
With less than two years to go before we host the biggest sporting and cultural event ever held in the city, this newsletter highlights the work we are doing at Birmingham City Council with our Games Partners in planning and delivering a fantastic celebration of sport and culture in an unforgettable summer in 2022.
We truly can’t wait for the Games to begin and the legacy that this global event will deliver for Birmingham and its citizens.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader Birmingham City Council
Are you Games ready?
Over one million tickets will be issued for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games!
Tickets are currently not available yet and will not go on sale until 2021. We will keep you updated on all things tickets related as soon as the information is available.
More than 10,000 volunteers will be required to organise, run and manage the Games. The volunteer application process will also formally open in 2021.
Click here to register your interest with Birmingham 2022
New Games venues
In July, Smithfield, the former wholesale markets site in the city centre, was announced as the chosen location for two bespoke temporary arenas to stage the 3×3 basketball and beach volleyball competitions.
Post-Games, Birmingham Smithfield will be transformed into a new cultural and leisure destination at the heart of the city, as well as a new residential neighbourhood.
During the summer of 2022, Smithfield will also be a fan zone, making it a focal point of Games-related festivities.
Deputy Leader Cllr Brigid Jones and CWG Programme Director Craig Cooper were on hand to officially announce the venue alongside various Games partners.
Click here to find out more about the Games venues
Alexander Stadium update
The £72 million upgrade of the Alexander Stadium remains on schedule and further major construction work will take place over the next three months.
The foundations of the brand-new West Stand will be laid along with the installation of a steel frame and metal decking.
The stadium revamp, which will make the venue the largest dedicated athletics facility in the UK, is due for completion in April 2022.
The city council and stadium contractors are holding a bi-monthly community meeting to ensure local people are informed and engaged.
Click here for the latest news on the Alexander Stadium
17 community projects receive funding
As part of the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium, almost £15,000 of grant funding has been awarded to community projects operating across the city.
Launched in July, the You Matter communities initiative provides small grants, volunteer time and the use of excess materials from the construction process to local community-based projects. Each one of the schemes will each receive a grant of up to £1,000 to support their work within local communities.
Some of the winning projects include, nature-based projects that engage people who are social excluded in improving the environment, sporting projects that increase access for marginalised groups and mental-health community activities that address some of the negative impacts of COVID 19.
The second round of You Matter communities applications will be open in 2021.
Click here for more information
Welcome back Maldives
72 nations and territories will now compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as the Maldives were re-admitted as a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
The South Asian island missed the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games due to withdrawal from the Commonwealth in 2016.
Welcome back Maldives, we can’t wait to be your proud host city in 2022.
Training venues search
The organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are searching for official training venues to host international athletes during the Games.
Birmingham 2022 is inviting the best sporting facilities in the West Midlands to apply to become Games Time Training Venues for 10 of the 19 sports on the Birmingham 2022 programme to provide essential facilities for thousands of athletes from 18 July to 10 August 2022.
Do you know a venue that would be interested?
Click here to find out more
Games Village update
In August the organisers of Birmingham 2022 announced athletes and officials will be housed in three ‘campus’ villages at The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick and The NEC Hotel Campus.
The decision to move away from the single site athletes’ village in the Perry Barr area of the city was made by the Games Partnership with just under two years to go, after reviewing the impact of the global health pandemic.
The Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme, with new housing and transport infrastructure, will still be delivered. The council-led residential scheme has been accelerated due to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and has been made possible with additional investment from central government.
1,400 much-needed homes will be housed on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus in the north west of the city. To prepare the homes for occupation when complete, the city council, in collaboration with the principal contractor, have launched a competition to name the six new streets.
Click here to find out more and download the entry form
The closing date is Friday 16 October.
The six winning street names will be announced later this year.
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