A wide range of sports equipment used by teams and athletes across all of the venues during the Commonwealth Games will be gifted to local sport and community groups in the West Midlands.

In a join-up between Sport England, the Birmingham 2022 organisers and the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), over 16,000 sports items - including bikes, martial arts mats, weights, T20 cricket equipment, basketballs, boxing gloves and weights, as well as general equipment, such as cones and bibs - will all be made available.

The community giveaway will support the shared goal to create a lasting community impact in the West Midlands, by supporting people to be active beyond the Games.

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Not-for-profit community-based organisations, such as local voluntary groups, schools, sports clubs, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprises that deliver community-based projects, that seek to tackle inactivity and promote the physical and mental benefits of leading an active life, are all eligible to apply.

The equipment giveaway was open to communities in Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire.

Applications were open from 15th August until 19th September, with the process designed to be as inclusive as possible to reflect the diversity of the West Midlands. Guidance for the application process was available in 15 languages and video applications were accepted too.

A full catalogue of the equipment for the community giveaway was available on the Sport England website for groups and clubs to look at and apply for. 

To find out more, please visit: www.sportengland.org/equipmentgiveaway

Commonwealth Games Minister Nigel Huddleston said:

"It's fantastic to think the equipment used to set personal bests and Commonwealth Games records will soon be used in community centres and schools across the West Midlands. I would encourage all eligible organisations to apply - you could  inspire your community to fall in love with a new sport."

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England said:

"It is a wonderful part of the Commonwealth Games’ legacy that kit and equipment that has been part of iconic moments - like England women’s historic first hockey gold - can now go to local groups to support them in their ambition to benefit from playing sport and being active."