NEWS that Birmingham has been awarded the 2022 Commonweath Games have been welcomed across the political spectrum in Redditch.
It means thousands of athletes and spectators will be descending on the West Midlands and organisers have already stated they want the entire region, not just Birmingham, to benefit.
Local MP Rachel Maclean said she would do all she can to make sure Redditch benefits from the Games.
“I am absolutely delighted our neighbours in Birmingham have been awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Hosting this global sporting event will not only inspire more people to take up sport, but will boost the economy of the entire West Midlands.
“Redditch has great transport links with Birmingham and so this puts our town in a great position to reap the benefits the Games will bring.
“I will do all I can to make sure Redditch is involved in the Games as much as possible.”
The Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Councillor Bill Hartnett, said: “This is great news for Birmingham the wider region including Redditch, to have the Games on our doorstep is fantastic.
“I have supported Birmingham City Council from when they first considered bidding for the Games.
“To have won them is a fantastic achievement, particularly as they did all the work in such a short space of time after Durban pulled out.
“I can see many opportunities for Redditch both in terms of hospitality and for inspiring people to take up sport, and maybe a nation will choose Redditch as its training camp – who knows?”
The 2018 Games will be held on the Gold Coast of Australia and Gold Coast 2018 chairman, Peter Beattie AC said: “The Games in Glasgow in 2014 set the benchmark very high and I am confident that Gold Coast 2018 will be another outstanding Games.
“We are very keen to transfer as much of our knowledge as possible to enable the new host city to develop a robust Games business plan so they can literally hit the ground running when we hand over the flag at the GC2018 closing ceremony.”