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Commonwealth Connections

Commonwealth Connections is a joint project from the British Council and the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, running from Autumn 2021 until July 2022, twinning 60 schools in the West Midlands with 60 Oversea schools Across 10 Commonwealth Countries.

Description

Delivered in partnership with Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) and Youth Sport Trust (YST), the Commonwealth Connections project forms part of the  Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee’s Youth and Education programme aiming to use sport and art to create connections between young people on shared Commonwealth values.

Participating schools from the West Midlands are represented across the following seven local authorities: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton.

They are partnered with schools in ten Commonwealth Countries: Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zambia.

Schools in the programme and supported and mentored by five YST Athletes who competed in previous Commonwealth Games:
  • Tom Davis, Judo
  • Steve Frew, Gymnastics
  • Liz Johnson, Swimming
  • Lesley Owusu, Athletics
  • Jenney Wallwork, Badminton
Our athlete mentors use their experiences and learnings to help young people develop leadership skills as ‘Changemakers’ to design and deliver sports clubs and festivals that link to the country they are twinned with and explore Commonwealth Games sports.  

Your school can get involved with the Commonwealth Games 2022 Schools Resource, designed by the Youth Sport Trust in collaboration with The British Council. The activities are designed for schools, with or without a partner, to celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth’s ongoing work to improve the lives of its citizens.

For further information, please contact:
Jennie Jordan
Development Manager, Innovation Projects
[email protected]
07825 065204


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