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Ben Kane, Martin Green, Melzy J and Amerah Saleh record episode one of the Be Bold, Be Birmingham Podcast

Welcome to the Commonwealth

The official Be Bold, Be Birmingham Podcast is available to download now.

Hosted by bold Brummie Melzy J, the podcast series tells the stories from the people who make our city the beating heart of the UK.

With amazing guests on a wide-range of topics, the Be Bold, Be Birmingham Podcast is one of the hottest podcasts to download in the city!

From chatting all things Birmingham 2022 to discovering the origins of the Birmingham Balti – this podcast is a must listen.

The Be Bold, Be Birmingham Podcast is available to download through Apple Podcasts and Spotify. You can also watch the podcast on YouTube.

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Games training venues confirmed

Peter Westbrook; Cllr Paulette Hamilton; Laura Unsworth, Matt Kidson

The official training venues for Birmingham 2022 has been revealed.

Wyndley Leisure Centre has been announced as the training venue for triathlon, Para Triathlon and Hockey.

Moseley Cricket Ground is another local facility that has been selected, and this will be the official training venue for the eight women’s Cricket T20 teams participating at the Games. 

The three Commonwealth Games campus villages (University of Birmingham, University of Warwick and the NEC) will also be training venues.

The final training venue is King Edward’s School in Birmingham, which will welcome Birmingham 2022’s rhythmic gymnasts, as well as some of the Athletics and Para Athletics competitors.

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Alexander Stadium gets thumbs up from Colin Jackson

Colin Jackson at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment

Athletics legend Colin Jackson has paid tribute to the “phenomenal” job Birmingham City Council is doing on the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment.

Jackson, one of Great Britain’s most decorated athletes, was taken on a tour of the impressive venue, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the athletics events at Birmingham 2022.

“I think hats off to Birmingham City Council,” said Colin, a two-time Commonwealth gold medallist.

“They are doing a phenomenal job of the refit and rebuild of the Alexander Stadium.”

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Perry gets into the Christmas spirit! 

Perry rides the carousel at the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Perry, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot, was the star attraction on the opening day of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market.

The energetic young bull also switched on the Christmas lights with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Muhammad Afzal.

Perry, sporting his new Santa hat, was very much in the Christmas spirit, as he mingled with the crowds in Victoria Square, giving high-fives and posing for selfies, before enjoying a ride on the carousel!

More pictures of Perry

Marathon & Triathlon routes unveiled

Team England athletes Hayley Carruthers & Hannah England unveil the marathon route in St Paul's Square

The latest and final venue for Birmingham 2022 has been confirmed.

Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre has been revealed as the official finish area for the Marathon which will be held on Saturday 30 July 2022.

The square will be a welcome sight for the finishers in all four races that will be held on the first Saturday of the Games, with the men’s marathon, women’s marathon and the men’s and women’s T53/T54 events all taking place on the same course which will start at Smithfield, another Birmingham city centre Games venue.

As well as unveiling the full 42.2km/26.2 mile route for the Marathon, Birmingham 2022, the organisers of the Games unveiled the Triathlon and Para Triathlon events which will be held in and around Sutton Park.

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B2022 education packs for schools 

Year One pupils at West Heath Primary School using the new Queen's Baton Relay learning resources for KS1

Birmingham 2022 has launched free online learning resources for primary schools, themed around the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Earlier this month, pupils from West Heath Primary School in Birmingham – along with Games mascot, Perry – tried out the new Queen’s Baton Relay education packs.

Designed to provide learning opportunities both in the classroom and for at-home learning, the resources have been created for Reception, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. They aim to develop children's understanding of the Queen’s Baton Relay, covering the history of the tradition, the Baton design, and the Baton Relay route as it travels to Birmingham.

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Last chance to apply for Celebrating Communities 

Celebrating Communities Small Grants Funding Scheme

There's still time to unveil your community’s beating heart with a brand-new £2million council fund created to help people celebrate 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.

Ideas are being welcomed from all 69 of the city’s wards to ensure everyone feels involved with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – regardless of whether they have a competition or cultural event in their neighbourhood or not.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2021. 

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