What a Commonwealth Games!

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games was a sporting spectacular that will inspire a new generation of athletes and leave a lasting legacy here in the West Midlands and beyond.

I was particularly fortunate to be able to attend both a swimming event and the closing ceremony. The sense of pride and support was tremendous.

I would like to thank Birmingham, the athletes, officials, volunteers, and mayor Andy Street for making it such a success.


The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Equipment Giveaway has now been launched for community-based organisations that seek to promote the physical and mental benefits of leading an active life. Items, which include bikes, martial arts mats, weights, T20 cricket equipment, basketballs, boxing gloves, as well as general equipment, such as cones and bibs, are being made available to local sport and community groups across the West Midlands.

Full details on how to apply can be found on Sport England’s website at: https://www.sportengland.org/funds-and-campaigns/birmingham-2022-commonwealth-games/commonwealth-games-equipment-giveaway

A full catalogue of the equipment for the community giveaway will also be made available on Sport England’s website for groups and clubs to look at and apply for.