Preet Kaur Gill MP has welcomed the news that King Edwards School Edgbaston and the University of Birmingham, both located in Edgbaston constituency, will be used as two of the Games Time Training Venues for the Commonwealth Games.
The University of Birmingham has already been announced as one of the three athlete villages, as well as hosting hockey and squash events. Now, it has also been selected as a Games Time Training Venue for athletics, para-athletics, swimming, using the athletics track, throwing fields and 50m pool.
King Edwards School Edgbaston will also be a Games Time Training Venue for athletics and para-athletics as well as rhythmic gymnastics, using their athletics track, throwing fields and sports hall.
Preet Kaur Gill, MP for Edgbaston in Birmingham said, “This is fantastic news for the constituency and residents in Edgbaston. Our constituency has some world-class facilities and to see them receiving global recognition is brilliant.
“I am also looking forward to seeing the impact and influence this could have on the students at both institutions. Having athletes of this calibre training at both venues will be a source of real inspiration and I hope to see some of our local pupils go on and utilise this experience, to maybe one day, be competing themselves at a future Commonwealth Games.”
Ms Gill wrote to both institutions congratulating them on their success and efforts to provide the space for athletes to train and opportunities for their students to learn.
Edgbaston constituency will also host part of the Birmingham marathon route which was recently announced alongside Edgbaston Cricket Ground which will host women’s T20 cricket come Games time.