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09 Jul 2024

Legacy Celebration at Alexander Stadium: A Triumph for Inclusive School Sports

We are delighted to share the remarkable success of the Legacy Celebration, hosted by Sport Birmingham at the iconic Alexander Stadium. Thanks to Birmingham City Council for providing use of the stadium as part of their commitment to create a legacy around the Commonwealth Games for young people.

This event marked a historic moment for Birmingham, bringing together 21 schools to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities. This was the first time Birmingham School Games held an inclusive school sports festival at such a prestigious venue, and the day was filled with enthusiasm, energy, and the spirit of inclusion.

The primary objective of the Legacy Celebration was to break down the barriers that schools and children face in accessing sports both within and outside the school environment. By providing a diverse range of sports, many children had the opportunity to try activities they had never experienced before. This initiative aimed to inspire a lifelong love for physical activity and promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Play Innovation for their generous sponsorship of our event. Play Innovation is renowned for being one of the most exciting global providers of outdoor play, sports equipment, and award-winning Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA). Their dedication to creating innovative sport and play areas for children and adults of all ages and abilities is truly commendable and they have agreed to provide some special prices for any schools interested in their educational activity target games.

We were honoured to have Tom Mitchell, current Team GB Captain, Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist, join us for the day. Tom shared his inspiring journey as part of the Path to Paris initiative, the official youth engagement programme from Team GB and Paralympics GB.

The Legacy Celebration has provided a platform to enhance our city-wide offerings to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and strengthened our relationships with partners, schools, and communities. We are committed to improving our understanding and opportunities for people with SEN. As Mike Chamberlain, CEO of Sport Birmingham, states, “Together, we are creating a legacy of inclusivity and active living for all children in Birmingham.” This resonates well with our charity’s mission of improving lives through the power of sport and physical activity.

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