Search begins for Hometown Heroes


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In Summary

General | 14th October 2020
Birmingham 2022 is asking you to nominate those who deserve to be recognised for making a difference to their communities by dedicating their lives to grassroots sport.

In Detail

Stars of West Midlands community sport

Nominees could be an inspiring coach, dedicated volunteer, courageous player or diehard supporter, or anyone who’s had a real impact on their sport club, team or facility. They can be anyone who lives and works in the West Midlands and can be connected to any sport, not just those included in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games programme.

Nominations are open now and the best will be chosen to feature on billboard adverts across the region in 2021, as the countdown to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games begins.

Hometown Heroes aims to celebrate and represent the rich diversity of the West Midlands by recognising people who go above and beyond to encourage participation in sport and exercise in the region.

Birmingham 2022 has selected its first Hometown Hero to kick off the campaign.

Ricardo D’Alva is a coach at City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club in Nechells, where he coaches beginners and elite players aged from 8 to 18. You can read his inspiring story here.

Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022, said: “The West Midlands has sport running through its veins, whether that’s elite competition or grassroots participation, and it’s really important to celebrate both. That’s why I am so excited by this campaign, which will champion the people who inspire people to take part in sport across the region.

“By making these Hometown Heroes the stars of an upcoming Birmingham 2022 advertising campaign, we are saying clearly that we are the Games for Everyone, and a celebration of sport at every level. I can’t wait to see some of the characters that are put forward for this special recognition.”

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