Sandwell Council officially handed the keys to the Sandwell Aquatics Centre over to Birmingham 2022 this week, ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Richard Jones presented the keys to Joanna Rolfe, Venue General Manager on behalf of Birmingham 2022.
Built on time and within budget this amazing facility will help put Sandwell on the map during the Commonwealth Games, it will also become an outstanding new leisure centre for the community.
The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is the only brand-new, purpose-built facility for Birmingham 2022. It will be one of the busiest at the Games with 11 days of swimming, Para-swimming and diving from Friday 29 July until Monday 8 August.
With more than 60 medal events in total set to be held at the facility, it will be the stage for more medal moments than any other Birmingham 2022 venue. It will be a fantastic facility during the Games but will also be one of the greatest legacies of Birmingham 2022 with local people and young, talented swimmers and divers benefiting from having a world-class facility on their doorstep.
This facility will enable Sandwell to continue its work to increase children and young people’s physical activity. Sandwell already has the most active kids in the region and fourth highest in the whole country. This has been achieved by working in partnership with community groups like the Albion Foundation, and also through our extensive free swimming programme.
The facility will be handed back to the council for public use from 2023 following a 10 month legacy construction phase after the Games are over, to establish more local leisure facilities for residents. This will make this one of the best community leisure facilities in the United Kingdom. Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, said:
“This is a day to celebrate Sandwell. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our construction partners, who worked diligently throughout the project and a global pandemic to complete this venue on time and on budget.
“The world’s eyes will be on Sandwell so I can’t wait to welcome talented athletes from across the Commonwealth and see what they can achieve in this fantastic new facility.
“The legacy the Games will leave us is not simply this state-of-the-art facility for local residents, but also hopefully the inspiration not just for the next generation of athletes, but perhaps all of us to be more physically active.”