Birmingham 2022 announces world-class training venues

Nov 19, 2021 | News

We are pleased to announce that Wyndley Leisure Centre has been selected as one of the official training venues for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

This is a significant achievement for Wyndley to be part of the legacy of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The leisure centre will be hosting the hockey, triathlon and para triathlon athletes and teams’ on the new Federation International Hockey standard pitch and improved athletics track.

The leisure centre will play a crucial role in the athletes and teams’ final preparation for the Games, as hockey’s triple Olympic and triple Commonwealth Games medallist, Laura Unsworth, explains: “Those last few days before a major tournament begins are vital to a team’s preparations, so it is fantastic news that for Birmingham 2022 the hockey teams will have access to a brand-new pitch for training.”

Wyndley Leisure Centre is owned by Birmingham City Council and operated by Birmingham Community Leisure Trust. The local authority’s, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Councillor Paulette Hamilton said: “It’s great to see facilities in our community are able to play a part in preparing athletes for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – the event is about much more than the main competition venues, and this shows how the benefits of being the Proud Host City are extending beyond the sporting action next summer.

“The investment at some of these training venues, such as Wyndley Leisure Centre in Sutton Coldfield, will leave a meaningful legacy for the residents and local sporting clubs that use them. It is providing a platform for people to lead more active and healthy lives, whilst also giving emerging talent the facilities and infrastructure to be the next generation of elite athletes.”

 

The improvements being made at Wyndley Leisure Centre will have a long-lasting benefit for our local community groups, schools and local hockey players too. Our local groups will be able to practice and play on excellent international standard pitches.

Construction work continues at the leisure centre, with the following improvement works to be delivered on the pitches and the track:

  • An upgrade of the existing full-size hockey pitch up to a Federation International Hockey standard
  • Improvements to the adjacent pitch up to 4G standard
  • New fencing around the pitches that will enable safe and secure operation all year round
  • Enhanced floodlighting to the pitches
  • Repairs and improvements to the running track

We are currently on track to meet the expected completion date of late December 2021 for the pitches.  We recognise that there has been some disruption whilst the improvement works are undertaken and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your continued understanding and patience during this time.

We will continue to provide regular progress updates on this webpage so please check back to find out how the improvement works are taking shape. Should you have any questions or require any further information in the meantime, please contact us here.