Organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are searching for volunteer community representatives to join the event’s Legacy and Benefits (LAB) Committee – a cross-partner group set up to ensure that Birmingham and the West Midlands takes full advantage of its moment in the national and international spotlight during the summer of 2022.
Successful candidates will be part of a group tasked with establishing a legacy strategy and overseeing the delivery of a comprehensive programme of benefits for the city and region, covering key topics like civic pride, culture, tourism, trade and investment, jobs and skills, education, sustainability and physical activity and wellbeing.
John Crabtree OBE, Chair of Birmingham 2022, who also chairs the LAB Committee said: “Over the next few years the work of the Legacy and Benefits Committee is going to be crucial and we’re looking for dynamic volunteers to join us to help improve the region. We need individuals who are innovative, commercially astute and can match our dedication to delivering the most sustainable, inclusive, and accessible Commonwealth Games to date.”
He added: “All of the partners that are involved with the Commonwealth Games, including Birmingham 2022, Birmingham City Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, are committed to delivering a strong legacy for the region and this committee will play an important role in ensuring this comes to fruition, as we absolutely must make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that hosting an event of this magnitude provides.”
The physical legacy of Birmingham 2022 is already obvious as the Games is proving to be a catalyst for transformation in the city and the region, with a brand new aquatics centre being built in Sandwell, the creation of the Athletes’ Village in Perry Barr and the redevelopment of Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
Hosting the Games is also accelerating the development of infrastructure and public transport improvements that will benefit the city and wider region for many years to come.
The mission for Birmingham 2022, which all Games partners are signed up to, also includes ensuring that this major multi-sport and cultural event will bring people together, improve health and wellbeing, help the region to grow and succeed and put Birmingham and the region on the global map, so the committee will play a vital role in ensuring that all elements of this mission are accomplished.
The closing date for applications is the 18 November and to apply candidates just need to send a CV and covering letter outlining why they would be a good candidate for the role, their relevant knowledge and experience, and demonstrating their genuine passion and aspiration for the region.
Successful candidates will be required to attend approximately five meetings per year and to read and comment on committee business in between meetings.