Aspire Engage Children at Commonwealth Announcement
The wait is over, Birmingham has officially been confirmed as the host city of the 2022 XXII Commonwealth Games in a major boost to the region’s international standing.
After a false start earlier this year, the announcement was made this morning at a media launch staged at the Arena Academy Secondary School in Perry Barr.
Aspire were thrilled to be invited to attend the official announcement and were tasked to engage students in a number of Commonwealth sporting events. Following the live announcement and press conference, Aspire team members were joined by up and coming athletes Joe Fraser (gymnastics) and Abazz Shayaam-Smith (athletics) who will be striving to compete in the 2022 event. They led year 7 and 8 students through a circuit of activities including gymnastics, table tennis, badminton, wheelchair basketball, boxing and athletics. Aspire team members were also met by VIP guests including Louise Martin (Commonwealth Games Federation President), Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands) and Ian Metcalf (Chair of Commonwealth Games England).
This will be the first global sports event in the region and will be the first time the Commonwealth Games has been held in England since 2002, when Manchester welcomed athletes from around the world.
The West Midlands has a world class reputation for sport and culture and is perfectly placed to showcase youth and diversity. Sitting at the heart of the UK, and representing the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is well positioned to attract people to the Games and ensure that the benefits of hosting extend right into our city and region.
Aspire Co-founder and Director, Paul Griffiths said “As a proud Brummie, today’s announcement is hugely exciting. It was great for Aspire to be part of such a significant announcement for our region. The 2022 Commonwealth Games are sure to have a significant impact on our region, including sporting engagement and infrastructure. It’s not only a once in a lifetime opportunity for athletes in our city to compete in a home global event, all stakeholders must use the Commonwealth Games to connect with young people and use the legacy to help enhance opportunities to participate in physical activity and sport.”