THE COMMONWEALTH Games are set to bring a major boost to the district’s economy.
Birmingham was today named host city for the games in 2022 which are expected to bring an influx of visitors to Stratford and the surrounding area.
Stratford District Council leader Coun Chris Saint said: “The district council would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to the team behind the Commonwealth Games bid, who have worked so tirelessly to but this bid together and especially with partners across the whole region and we’re proud to have supported the bid.
“We all witnessed the involvement of many communities in the preparation for London 2012 and the legacy that created. It would be great to be able to re-create that here in the West Midlands and with the Coventry City of Culture 2021, showcase the region on the international stage, boosting arts, culture, sport and the local economy across our area as a whole.”
Neighbouring Leamington will host the bowls events at the greens in Victoria Park.
Warwick District Council culture spokesman Coun Michael Coker said: “Birmingham’s successful bid to bring the games to the West Midlands has given us a platform to showcase our district to a worldwide audience.
“We are looking forward to working together with Bowls England, the local tourism industry, businesses and sports organisations to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”
Bowls England chief executive, Tony Allcock was equally pleased.
He added: “The lawn bowls facilities at Victoria Park in Leamington are world-class and it will prove to be a magnificent venue for the Games. In addition, we expect there will be long-term benefits for both players and spectators who utilise the facilities year round.”
Birmingham 2022 will take place from July 27 to August 7, marking 20 years since Manchester 2002, the last time the Games were held in England.