The days are counting down to the start of the 22nd Commonwealth Games which will be hosted by Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August. We are thrilled that Cannock Chase District will be playing a part in this international sporting event when we host the men’s and women’s mountain biking event on 3 August.
The cream of the Commonwealth countries’ mountain bikers will descend on Birches Valley in Cannock Chase Forest, managed by Forestry England, to compete for medals over a world class course. In this country the sport is in good health: at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Great Britain's Tom Pidcock won Gold, and Evie Richards was seventh in the women's event before going onto to become the women's cross country champion at the 2021 Mountain Bike World Championships.
Cannock Chase Forest is already well known as a centre for mountain biking with two established waymarked trails called `Follow the Dog` and the `Monkey Trail`, as well as being the location of the Cannock Chase Cycle Centre.
Cannock Chase is the northernmost venue for the Games and as such is `represented` on the Games official logo as the top of a triangular configuration that plots the locations of all the Games’ venues.
The attention the Games will bring to the District, especially from international television audiences where mountain biking is one of the most popular spectacles, will be significant and especially the legacy created. Cannock Chase Council, Forestry England and Staffordshire County Council, as the organising partners, are busy working with the team at Birmingham 2022 to make the preparations and to deliver a successful event.
We will include below information of particular relevance to our District as it is published. For further information on the Commonwealth Games visit www.birmingham2022.com
There are still some tickets available. Prices start at just £8 for under 16s and £15 for adults. To set up a ticket account to apply for tickets go to Ticket Account. Here are details of the Full Competition Schedule. Please note that tickets can only be purchased from https://www.birmingham2022.com/
- Becoming a Batonbearer
2,022 volunteer Batonbearers are being recruited to carry the Games' Baton as part of the prestigious Queen's Baton Relay. Batonbearers need to be nominated and must be aged 12 or above as on 2 June 2022. Full details and how to noiminate someone to be a Batonbearer can be found at https://www.birmingham2022.com/queens-baton-relay/batonbearer-nominations/
- Volunteers sought for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Both cermoines are being held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and 2,000 volunteers are being recruited to take part. This will particularly appeal to those with an interest in music and dance. More details at https://www.birmingham2022.com/news/blog/the-search-begins-to-find-volunteers-to-take-part-in-the-birmingham-2022-commonwealth-games-opening-and-closing-ceremonies/
- Forestry England Blue Trail video
Forestry England has produced a video on its new mountain bike trail aimed at intermediate level users called the Blue Trail. This will form part of the Commonwealth Games course. Cannock Chase Council is financially supporting the new trail which will be a legacy project from the Games.
Legacy Project approved
Information about volunteering
Last Updated: 13/01/2022