Commonwealth Games 2022

The Commonwealth Games is coming to Birmingham in 2022 and we are 'Getting Games Ready.'

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We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the community brand 'United by Birmingham 2022' for our Community Activity and Wellbeing programmes by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

'United by Birmingham 2022' brings together ambitious and innovative not-for-profit projects under a new community programme. The role of the new community programme is to empower people through the Games by celebrating the projects like ours that are having a positive impact on the communities that they serve.

Plastic Challenge 22

We are working on our own initiatives and in partnership with Professor Rashid Gatrad to broaden the impact the ‘World against single use plastics’ initiative has made and clean up a minimum of 22 miles of canal.

We will now develop our programme of events starting in mid-2020, with at least two large events each year leading up to the games, cleaning 22 miles of canal by the opening ceremony.

Activity & Wellbeing programme

We are already developing an activity programme that reaches out to communities enabling them to benefit from the green and blue space. Our ‘Let's’ programme, launching in mid-2020, will provide free activities and taster sessions including:

  • Let's Fish
  • Let's Perform
  • Let's Run
  • Let's Walk
  • Let's Cycle
  • Let's Paddle 


Whilst we already work with volunteers and communities across the West Midlands to improve the canal network, we will develop this to help us prepare our network of canals specifically for the games.

Our vision

With over 1.5 million people expected to visit the Commonwealth Games, our region's flat and green towpaths are ideally placed to provide safe, traffic-free walking and cycling routes in and around the city.

We are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of millions of people. Our canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated and deprived communities in the West Midlands, providing accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most.

The Games offer us a fantastic opportunity to create a legacy of improved wellbeing with canals playing an integral part in people’s everyday lives.

How to get involved

Commonwealth Games opportunities

If you would like to find out more about the Commonwealth Games please visit their website.

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Last date edited: 5 August 2021