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Birmingham 2022 - Commonwealth Games

This year we are delivering a bumper number of programmes which will use the inspiration of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to engage and inspire even more children in sport.


Commonwealth Connections - A joint project from the British Council and the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It will see 60 schools twinned in the West Midlands with 60 oversea schools across 10 Commonwealth countries. Delivered in partnership with Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) and Youth Sport Trust (YST), our role is to provide five Athlete Mentors who competed in previous Commonwealth Games and design sports resources to support schools. The Athlete Mentors will share their experiences to help young people develop leadership skills, and design and deliver sports clubs and festivals that link to the country they are twinned exploring Commonwealth Games sports.

Birmingham Connect - In partnership with Team England and local delivery partners, we are engaging 20 schools, 500 families, and 1,600 young people aged 12 to 14 across Birmingham to develop a sense of belonging through fun, new sport, and cultural activities. We believe this will drive significant positive change on the longer-term integration of schools and communities across the city – resulting in a legacy of learning, participation, connection, and pride.

School Games - Sport England has invested £2m into the School Games legacy project as the centrepiece of its Commonwealth Games legacy investment. We are co-leading this piece of work with funding through the existing England-wide School Games network that includes 450 School Games Organisers (SGOs) and 41 Active Partnerships, including London Youth Games (LYG). SGOs and Active Partnerships will work together locally to bring to life the vision and mission of Birmingham 2022 by running a series of inspiring, engaging and accessible sport and physical activity opportunities and events for school aged children and young people. The project has a clear focus on using the inspiration and profile of Birmingham 2022 to tackle inequalities and to give young people a positive experience of sport and physical activity.

We know the powerful potential that big sporting events like the Commonwealth Games have in building a lasting positive impact on young people. Our research has previously shown that among young people who watched 2020’s Olympic and Paralympic Games:
  • Four in five (82%) agreed it made them feel happy
  • 71% agreed that it made them feel inspired to work hard at whatever they do
  • 28% agree it had made them want to try a new sport, with a similar number (26%) saying that seeing new sports was their favourite thing about watching the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Youth Sport Trust YouGov survey found that 47% of young people aged 10 to 18 agree athletes are important role models who can inspire them and their generation.