Along with its partners, Birmingham 2022 is pleased to release its national Legacy Plan, outlining a series of Games’ firsts that will leave a lasting, positive impact on jobs, skills, education, culture, physical activity and investment across the West Midlands and the UK.
It outlines how the Games’ £778 million public investment into the West Midlands is benefiting people in the region and beyond, 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 national plan includes aims to deliver several firsts never before delivered at a Commonwealth Games:
- The first carbon-neutral Commonwealth Games;
- The first time firms bidding for contracts must include a social value requirement;
- The largest business and tourism programme of any Games to attract international visitors and investment to the region and the UK;
- The first Games to fully integrate volunteers from all delivery partners into a united volunteer programme.
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 map.
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. 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;
- A procurement spend of around £350 million to benefit businesses across the UK
- 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, UK-wide Cultural Festival reaching 2.5 million people and prioritising underrepresented communities, offering and a blueprint to support the long term growth of the 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 classroom resources on the Games offered to children across the UK and the Commonwealth;
- A £23.9 million programme to highlight the wealth of opportunities available in the West Midlands, as well as promoting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland , around the world, enhancing the country’s profile as a destination for tourism, trade and investment and supporting post-pandemic recovery.The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland before arriving in England, with communities across the UK encouraged to take part;
- The first Commonwealth Games to incorporate, measure and evidence the social value impacts and benefits of hosting the Games, offering a model to future host cities.
Commenting on the legacy plan, John Crabtree, Chairman of Birmingham 2022, said: “The Games is a truly unique moment to showcase our great city and region to the world. It will help us to draw all our neighbours together after the most challenging of times, with a sense of unity and purpose. The Games’ partners are embracing this once in a generation occasion with both hands to ensure the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games leads our recovery with a legacy of renewal, growth, hope and inspiration.
“We are determined that the connections, friendships, and opportunities that the Games will provide us with, will continue to flourish and thrive. As individuals, as neighbours, as communities and as a region we must seize the Games moment as our catalyst to a happier, healthier, and more prosperous future.”