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Second City set to increase sporting legacy ahead of landmark Games


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Plans for a £500,000 upgrade to a community sports facility in Perry Barr, to further strengthen the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Legacy have been confirmed.


A new Multi-Use Games Area will be developed at Holford Drive Community Sports Hub in the months following the Games through the project – jointly funded by Sport England and the Birmingham City Council capital contribution towards Birmingham 2022.


The proposed addition of floodlights will enable year-round use and dramatically increase the usable times sporting activities can be provided for people in the area.


It is estimated the wider use that will be possible due to the floodlights will at least double the current winter numbers.


A total of £366,685 of National Lottery funding is being contributed by Sport England with the Birmingham City Council element of the Birmingham 2022 capital budget supplying the remaining £150,000.


Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth, said: “Local people are at the heart of our thinking when it comes to what the legacy of Birmingham 2022 will look like, and how it should provide opportunities for communities to get active.


“As an important space within Perry Barr, investment to enhance Holford Drive and create a facility that can be used all year round is fantastic news, and a great example of how the impact of the Games can continue beyond 2022.”


John Crabtree, Chair of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, added: “An important part of the Games Partner legacy plan is an ambition to increase physical activity as well as wellbeing and the investment that is being made at the Holford Drive Community Sports Hub is a great example of the work that’s being done to achieve this aim.


“This is another example of how Birmingham 2022 and its partners are trying to ensure that the Commonwealth Games leaves lasting benefits for the people of the host city.”


Birmingham 2022 is currently continuing discussions with the Holford Drive team on how the Perry Barr facility might be utilised during the Commonwealth Games which start on 28 July and finish on 8 August.


Work on upgrading the facility will begin later in the year.


Written by: David Watkins

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