Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a visit to the newly refurbished Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games to see some of the young Birchfield Harriers in action.
Sport England have pledged an extra £6.5 million to all the sports bodies across England, to contribute to the legacy following the Commonwealth Games. This funding is to increase opportunities and participation through innovation of grass roots athletics in Birmingham and across the country; tackling inequalities and engaging disadvantaged communities where participation levels remain below the national average.
The Prime Minister said:
“This summer I want communities up and down the country to get excited about the Commonwealth Games by getting active. We want to see a real legacy".
The updated facility will host the athletics during the Games in August. The first major event taking place at this newly finished stadium is the Diamond League 21 May, where we will see world class athletes including Dina Asher-Smith, Keely Hodgkinson and international stars, such as the ever-popular Italian high jump record holder and Tokyo Gold Medallist, Gianmarco Tamberi.