Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games aim to unite the Commonwealth family through a festival of sport and culture. Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’, the event is renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.
There has never been a more important time to galvanise and drive the positive impact of sport on society. Using the values, the games are trying to inspire and motivate young people to create a long-lasting legacy.
To help schools embed the spirit of the friendly games associated with the Commonwealth Games, virtual challenges have been created for young people to take part in, inspired by the three values. Each month, there will be a spotlight on one of the challenges based around the values:
- Humanity: 14 March-14 April (the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s purpose and potential is inspired by athletes and citizen)
- Equality: 25 April-27 May (the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s sports and Games are a level-playing field, bringing people together as equals)
- Destiny: 07 June-08 July (together, the Commonwealth Sports Movement can create a more peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous future)
Each theme includes three challenges which are examples of how it is possible to use a high-profile event to engage children and young people. These challenges will help develop physical literacy skills, strength, or aerobic capacity, whilst aiming to inspire children and young people to be more active.
Along with the posters featuring some fun challenges, they also include insight and videos in ensuring positive experiences, delivering high-quality virtual competitions and top tips to using high profile sports events to inspire. Alongside the posters, there is a personal challenge sheet for young people to keep track of their scores and a template assembly to launch the challenges in your schools.
As the Commonwealth Games encourages and celebrates participation, we want to see schools get involved by sharing their activities on social media. The schools with the highest levels of engagement with the Youth Sport Trust national virtual competition social media posts will be entered into a monthly draw. Prizes each month will include:
- 2 x Athlete Mentor visits
- 3 x cuddly Perry mascots
In July, the two schools with the highest level of social media engagement throughout the competition will have the opportunity to join the B2022 School Games Legacy Celebration event in Birmingham on Wednesday 03 August and spectate sporting events in the evening.
Use #B2022SGVirtualComp and tag the Youth Sport Trust social channels in your posts to be in with a chance to win.
See below to download the relevant resources.