The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Sport England are gifting sports equipment used at the Games to community organisations in the West Midlands region.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place this summer and we’re helping to make them a success at the time, but also for many years to come.
To do this, we’re investing £35 million – a combination of government and National Lottery money – in everything from event venues to the spaces and places the people of the West Midlands use to get active.
Below is a breakdown of how the money is being spent, which will be added to as and when each funding amount and plan has been announced.
Local legacy - £4.3m
We’ve invested £3.1m into four Commonwealth Active Communities programmes across the West Midlands, as well as £600,000 in a Small Grants programme for six Active Partnerships in the region.
Further to this, £250,000 will see Gen22 provide volunteering opportunities for those who might not normally volunteer at a major event, and £300,000 is helping Beat the Street activate in specific areas across the West Midlands in the build up to the opening ceremony.
Children and young people - £4.5m
We’re investing a into the School Games to support this year’s National Finals and help them expand to reach new audiences that don’t normally engage with the Games.
We’re also investing £100,000 into the Daily Mile’s programme managers plan for two years, to help schools deliver a daily active mile.
Talent - £5.26m
Our investment will help national governing bodies prepare both their athletes and staff for the games, creating an inclusive environment for athletes that promotes positive mental health and maximises medal potential.
It will also give potential stars of the future the chance to experience a big multi-sport event for the first time and help them prepare for future events where they are participating.
Venue legacy - £14.465m
Our investment has helped in the development of the Sandwell Aquatics Centre and Cannock Chase Forest – both of which will be used as venues during the Games, but also by the community long after the Games have finished.
We’ve also invested in sporting facilities in the city of Birmingham and have set up our Places and Spaces fund that match-funds crowdfunding campaigns to create or improve community spaces and places for sport and physical activity, across the country.
Innovation and digital - £6.5m
We've invested £6.5m into 21 national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, each of which are represented at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The money will see the NGBs receive up to £500,000 to develop innovative, non-traditional or digital ideas to drive participation.