Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The University of Birmingham is an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, having signed the most comprehensive university partnership agreement in the history of the Games.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games logo and the University of Birmingham crest and word marque

The partnership builds on the University’s strong track record in sport science research, offering the UK’s first Sport Science degree course in 1946. The University already has strong links with the Commonwealth Games, with six students and 18 alumni taking part in the Gold Coast edition of the Games in 2018.

Ian Reid

Ian Reid

Chief Executive of Birmingham 2022

“We are absolutely thrilled that the University of Birmingham has decided to take their involvement with the Games to the next level. By becoming an Official Partner, the University of Birmingham has truly underlined their considerable support for the Games.”

The University of Birmingham’s campus will welcome athletes and spectators

During the Games, which will be held from 28 July to 8 August 2022, the hockey and squash competitions will take place at the University’s world-class sporting facilities. The University will also be the main campus village hosting athletes.

Hockey match taking place on the University of Birmingham's Metchley Lane synthetic pitches, with 'Old Joe' clocktower in the background.Two squash matches taking place in the University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness Centre.
Professor Sir David Eastwood

Professor Sir David Eastwood

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham

“Our place as both a civic university and as a global institution makes us well placed to partner with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and we are looking forward to playing our part in this success story for our region. As a university we have a long and proud history of sporting success with staff, students and alumni competing at an international level and I wish the very best of luck to the Commonwealth Games hopefuls in our community.”

The opportunities of the Birmingham 2022 Games

Working closely in partnership with Birmingham 2022 will provide many and varied opportunities for the University to play its part in delivering a successful Games for the city and region, these include:

  • Showcasing the University’s impressive teaching and research capabilities. The Games is expected to have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion, and to welcome more than one million spectators, and competitors from 72 nations and territories.
  • Volunteering opportunities for staff and students where they can gain valuable experience of working at a major sports event.
  • The University of Birmingham being the Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay - International Leg as the ceremonial baton travels through Commonwealth nations and territories in the build up to the Games, providing opportunities to promote the city and University across the globe.

The Commonwealth Games 2022 and the University of Birmingham (Video transcript)