● A wide range of sports equipment used in the Games to be donated to various local groups
● Sports clubs, charities and community groups in the West Midlands can apply for the equipment
● The gift will build on the momentum of the Games to support the legacy of more active communities
● Applications open from August 15 to September 19
A wide range of sports equipment used by teams and athletes at all venues during the Commonwealth Games will be donated to local sports and community groups in the West Midlands.
As part of a collaboration between Sport England, the organizers of Birmingham 2022 and the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), more than 16,000 sporting goods – including bicycles, martial arts mats, weights, T20 cricket equipment, basketballs, boxing gloves and weights, as well as general equipment, such as cones and bibs, will all be made available.
The Community Giveaway will support the common goal of creating lasting community impact in the West Midlands, helping people to be active beyond the Games.
Not-for-profit community organizations, such as local voluntary groups, schools, sports clubs, community interest corporations (CICs) and social enterprises that carry out community projects, seeking to address inactivity and to promote the physical and mental benefits of leading an active lifestyle, are all eligible to apply.
The equipment giveaway is open to communities in Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. Applications are open from 15e until August 19e September, with the process is designed to be as inclusive as possible to reflect the diversity of the West Midlands. Guidance for the application process is available in 15 languages and video applications are also accepted.
A full catalog of kit for the Community Giveaway will be made available on the Sport England website for groups and clubs to view and apply for.
In addition, some of the Games’ high-performance equipment – such as the temporary high-performance spring flooring that created the 3×3 netball and basketball courts, as well as the boxing ring and high-performance judo mats – is distributed to national sports organizations. This means that, alongside the distinct community gift, these sports bodies will be able to reuse some of their high-performance equipment in the communities that can benefit the most.
Commonwealth Games Minister Nigel Huddleston said:
“It’s fantastic to think that the equipment used to set personal bests and Commonwealth Games records will soon be in use in community centers and schools across the West Midlands. I encourage all eligible organizations to apply – you could take home a piece of Commonwealth Games history with you, and inspire your community to fall in love with a new sport.”
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:
“The Birmingham Games were unforgettable – but it is now vital that the sport and activity in our communities does not stop. It is a wonderful part of the immediate legacy of the Games that the kit and equipment that have been part of iconic moments – such as England’s historic first women’s hockey gold medal – can now be donated to local groups to support them in their ambition to benefit from playing sport and be This has always been a key goal: to create a legacy in the community of new opportunities that were previously not open or easily accessible to those who most want them.”
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“After 11 unforgettable days of sport and celebrations which showcased the best of Birmingham, it is vital that we ensure the benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games are felt by people across the city and across the region at large. This program is one of the simplest, yet direct and effective ways to do that. It will contribute to the legacy of the Games by helping people get and stay active for years to come.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
“This summer’s spectacular Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games must represent a starting point and not a finish line in the renaissance of our region if we are to make the most of this moment of collective celebration. I want to see these Games continue to provide a lasting legacy to the people of the West Midlands for generations to come.
“A quick, exciting and very practical way to make sense of the legacy is what we do with the ‘leftovers of the Games’ – by which I mean the fantastic sports equipment that will now be shared with communities across our region. . It’s great news that this gear is making its way to grassroots sports shelters where it can make a real difference – expanding access and encouraging people to be healthier and more active. “I look forward to seeing lives changed for the better in the weeks, months and years to come.”
Amrick Singh Ubhi, Nishkam Civic Association and Chairman of WMCA Faith Strategic Partnership, said:
“This is an incredible opportunity for super-diverse communities doing phenomenal local business to step forward and be part of the Birmingham 2022 legacy. Tell us about the difference you are making and how Equipment will help you fulfill your ambition, mission and desire to help communities.We have sought to remove as many barriers as possible to make it easier for everyone to apply.
“It has been an honor to work on this, with the goal of providing this equipment to as many groups as possible – to help continue providing services, or to use their position of trust in communities to start providing services. projects to combat inactivity and promote the physical and mental benefits of active living.
If you are a West Midlands organization wishing to find out more and make an equipment request, please visit www.sportengland.org/equipmentgiveaway