In 2022, the Birmingham Commonwealth Games will crown an amazing year of celebration for our country. In the year of Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch, the Games will be a gala of sporting achievement, helping to shine a light on all that is great about the UK as we welcome our friends across the Commonwealth to Birmingham. As well as the Games and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in this year of recovery, we will also come together to celebrate Festival UK1 2022, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festivals and the centenary of the BBC, all highlighting the UK’s fantastic culture, creativity and shared heritage.
These are historic times and – alongside the array of wonderful events taking place in 2022 – the Games can help to develop and implement strategies for levelling up, inclusive growth and sustainable success across the city, region, and nation. £778 million of public investment will be at the heart of the region’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Games has the power to bring people together, improve health and wellbeing, act as a catalyst for change, help the region to grow and succeed, and put us on the global stage. These are the five pillars of our mission. In delivering legacy we are committed to ensuring that hidden voices are heard, and that advancing equality will help to deliver a bright, common future for all. This vision will be delivered through collaborative interventions and an inclusive approach.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is ‘the Games for Everyone’. Our starting point is our diversity, home to people from more than 180 countries, Birmingham is a Commonwealth and global city.
The Games give us an opportunity to create a movement to promote personal achievement and our core values of equality, diversity, and inclusion. National Governing Bodies of sport, athletes from Team England, and athletes from each of the UK’s home nations will be central in delivering a successful and inclusive Games that will make our whole nation proud and help to unite us in celebration. The cultural, community, and education programmes across the Games all have a major part to play in helping to raise awareness of the history of the modern Commonwealth. The legacy programme has a clear ambition to ensure the diversity of the Commonwealth is celebrated. It is an opportunity to highlight the values and aspirations that unite the Commonwealth, including a commitment to equality and respect for the protection and promotion of human rights.