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Celebrating Communities

Celebrate the Commonwealth Games

There’s still time for residents and community groups to apply for money from a £2million fund to help people in all 69 of the city’s wards feel involved with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Celebrating Communities Small Grants Funding Scheme has been assembled by Birmingham City Council to maximise the benefit and legacy of being the Proud Host City for the Games.

The deadline for round one applications is 1 June 2021.

The scheme will allocate funding across the city’s wards using a formula that takes into account local deprivation data and the size of the ward.

Celebrate the Commonwealth Games your way and apply today to receive a grant for anything between £100 to £10,000.


Join the Commonwealth Collective

Commonwealth Collective

Applications to volunteer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games open on 1 June 2021.

Birmingham 2022 are looking for more than 13,000 spirited, dedicated and dynamic volunteers to be the heartbeat of the Commonwealth Games, a community of passionate people coming together to help deliver the biggest sporting and cultural event Birmingham has ever seen.

As part of the Commonwealth Collective, you’ll be the public face of Birmingham 2022, the heart and soul of the Games experience for athletes, officials, spectators, and a global audience of more than one billion.

Your time and dedication will be rewarded with a unique chance to learn new skills, meet new people, and make memories to last a lifetime.

The volunteers will say the first hello and final goodbye, with roles as diverse as the people we’re looking for. Birmingham 2022 need drivers, first aiders, meet & greeters, venue preppers, kit carriers, courtside assistants, and everything in between to help keep the Games running smoothly, right across the region. 

Whether you’ve got specific skills and years of experience or have never volunteered before, there is an opportunity for everyone. Training will be provided and prepare you for this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Find out more on volunteering 

14 community projects receive funding boost 

You Matter Communities

The winners for the second round of the You Matter Communities Community Fund have been announced.

The lead contractor for Birmingham City Council at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has finalised 14 community projects that will each receive a grant of up to £1,000 to support their work within local communities.

Launched last year, the You Matter Communities initiative provides support to local communities through volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process.

The initiative is focused on supporting community organisations, in particular those facing disproportionate challenges, to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The latest round of successful applicants takes the overall number of organisations to benefit through the Community Fund to 32, with almost £28,000 awarded.

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Cricket T20

Cricket has become the first sport to announce the qualifying teams for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

England, Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and a country from the West Indies will be competing in the women’s T20 competition.

The eighth and final place will be determined by a play-off scheduled to take place later this year.

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Official Games merchandise available now! 

City of Birmingham

Birmingham 2022’s official merchandise is now on sale.

Hoodies, t-shirts, water bottles and pin badges are just some of the items available for men, women and children in the online store.

There is also the chance to buy Perry, the official mascot, merchandise.

Shop now

Alexander Stadium steel structure complete

Alexander Stadium Redevelopment

The Alexander Stadium Redevelopment is continuing at a pace, with the steel structure for the new West Stand completed in March.  

The installation work on the athletics track is taking shape, with ground preparation works now finished.

The Alexander Stadium will host the Commonwealth Games athletics competition, as well as the event’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Watch latest drone video

Hi Perry! 


Birmingham 2022’s official mascot has been unveiled.

Perry, a bull adorned with a patchwork of multi-coloured hexagons, is inspired by the design of 10-year-old Emma Lou, the winner of a national design competition that took place over the summer of 2020.

The competition tasked children aged 5-15 with creating a mascot that reflects the identity, heritage and culture of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Learn more about Perry

22 Voices 

22 Voices

Birmingham grime artist Jaykae is the latest guest on the 22 Voices podcast series, from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Jaykae reveals he took Ed Sheeran for a curry on Birmingham’s Alum Rock Road after collaborating with him on the number one single “Take Me Back To London”.

Previous episodes of 22 Voices include world heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson and sprint legend Mark Lewis-Francis.

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New mountain biking trail 

Cannock Chase Forest

A new mountain biking trail has been built at Cannock Chase Forest as part of the preparations for hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mountain biking events.  

Birmingham City Council and other partners have part-funded the works for this moderate level mountain bike trail at the popular Forestry England-run visitor destination, along with a new concept bike play trail aimed at the under 11s.

The moderate level trail, which will be enhanced to competition-level for the Games next year, is there to be enjoyed by the wider community and is located to help protect the ecologically sensitive areas of Cannock Chase.  

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