More than 16,000 items of equipment used by athletes at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be donated to local community groups.
It includes balls used during the hockey competition where England won gold in women’s competition and in the hugely popular 3×3 basketball competitions.
Bicycles, boxing gloves, cricket equipment, martial arts mats and weights used at the games that ended last Monday will also be part of the offering.
Launched in partnership between the Birmingham 2022 Organizing Committee, the grassroots sport funding body Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the initiative aims to ensure the event has a lasting impact through support achieve people in the area to stay active.
Applications will be accepted from Monday to September 19th and will be welcomed by community based projects across Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
To ensure the process is as comprehensive as possible, a guide to the application process is available in 15 languages and video applications are also accepted.
A full catalog of available equipment is published on the Sport England website.
Other high-performance equipment, such as the flooring used in netball and 3×3 basketball competitions, is given to the respective national sports federations for them to reuse for the benefit of the community.
Sport Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “It’s fantastic to think that the equipment that set personal bests and records at the Commonwealth Games will soon be used in community centers and schools across the West Midlands.
“I encourage all eligible organizations to apply – you could take home a piece of Commonwealth Games history and inspire your community to fall in love with a new sport.”
Amrick Singh Ubhi, of the Nishkam Civic Association and Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority Faith Strategic Partnership, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for the super-diverse communities that are undertaking phenomenal grassroots activities to move forward and be part of the legacy of will be Birmingham 2022.
“Tell us about the life-changing difference you are making and how the equipment will help you fulfill your ambition, your mission and your desire to serve communities. We have tried to remove as many barriers as possible to make it easier for everyone to apply.
“It’s been an honor to work on this, with the goal of making this equipment available to as many groups as possible – to help continue to provide services, or to leverage their trusted position in communities to help with the delivery.” of projects to combat inactivity and promote the physical and mental benefits of an active life.”
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