BIRMINGHAM 2022 GAMES: A lasting legacy for the West Midlands
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games organisers and its partners have released a Legacy Plan, outlining their aim to deliver a lasting, positive impact on jobs, skills, education, culture, physical activity and investment across the West Midlands and beyond.
Across nine legacy programmes, the plan sets out a bold vision for how the Commonwealth Games can transform the region and unite communities across the West Midlands, the country, and the Commonwealth with a message of hope and recovery following the pandemic.
It outlines how the Games’ £778 million public investment into the West Midlands is benefiting people in the region, will continue to do so after the Games, and can provide a legacy blueprint for future host cities.
The plan is delivered in partnership between the Birmingham 2022 organising committee, the Government, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Commonwealth Games Federation, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, West Midlands Growth Company and Commonwealth Games England.
The legacy plan is united by Birmingham 2022’s vision to be the Games for Everyone. Its objectives will be delivered against the Games’ five missions: to bring people together, improve health and wellbeing, help the region grow and succeed, be a catalyst for change, and put us on the global stage. The plan includes:
- State-of-the-art legacy facilities at the Alexander Stadium and Sandwell Aquatics Centre for community use after the Games;
- 1,400 homes in the first phase of the Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme, with hundreds more in future phases;
- 35,000 jobs and opportunities available, with the first Commonwealth Jobs and Skills Academy offering a blueprint for reaching disadvantaged groups;
- 200,000 hours of volunteer training for 12,500+ people, with a framework for developing skills and employability that could be replicated by future Games;
- “Commonwealth Active Communities”, a £4 million Sport England fund to harness the power of the Games to support inactive people to become more active;
- A six-month Cultural Festival reaching 2.5 million people and prioritising underrepresented communities, offering a blueprint to support the long term growth of the region’s arts and culture sector;
- A £6 million Commonwealth Games Community Fund from Birmingham City Council to help communities build pride, respect and cohesion by celebrating the Games their way;
- An ambition to directly engage with one million children and young people through a learning programme, with tailored classroom resources on the Gamesand the Commonwealth;
- A £23.9 million programme to highlight the wealth of opportunities available in the West Midlands and the UK around the world, enhancing our profile as a destination for tourism, trade and investment and supporting post-pandemic recovery;
- The first Commonwealth Games to incorporate, measure and evidence thesocial value impacts and benefits of hosting the Games, offering a model to future host cities.
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