Birmingham has been confirmed as the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and we were delighted to have played our part in kicking off the countdown in style. Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at Arena Academy last month. She was joined at the school by the leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street to make the historical announcement during a very special school assembly. Our students then put on an amazing showcase display of their sporting talents for the VIP audience. This was a great privilege for the school and its students and marks the beginning of an exciting opportunity for the young people of The West Midlands to take an active role in making the Games as successful here as they were in Manchester in 2002 and Glasgow in 2014.
Birmingham city council are now set to secure the land it needs for the proposed athletes’ village in Perry Barr, also home to the Alexander Stadium, which will be expanded to host the athletics events and ceremonies. Arena Academy will be at the heart of these new developments.
They are also keen to put on the biggest and best cultural programme the Commonwealth Games have ever seen as part of its long-term plan to showcase the area’s diversity, industrial heritage and young population.
CORE will soon be announcing some exciting new arts and sports partnerships for all its schools and will be running a series of Commonwealth countdown events leading up to the opening of the Games which are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022.