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Community Games wheel barrow race                                          

Community Games’ is part of the West Midlands’ Legacy Trust programme that aims to leave a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Community Games programme is a very exciting concept which has the potential to ‘touch’ the lives of West Midlands people providing many of them with their own personal “Olympic moment”.  The Community Games programme is about encouraging and enabling communities across the West Midlands to stage their own community events, drawing on the inspiration of Dr William Penny Brookes’ Wenlock Olympian Games (which started in 1850 and were themselves an inspiration for the Modern Olympic Games).  The vision for the Community Games programme is to create a region-wide street-level celebration of sporting and cultural abilities, run by communities for communities.

Project Management

Community Games tug of warVAGA is responsible for project managing the delivery of the support programme for the Community Games.  We are working in partnership with the six sub regional Country Sports Partnerships, Street-Games and Coussins Associates to build up capacity and inspire local communities to stage their own Community Games. VAGA has designed the tactical plan and is working with all of the partners to have in place a coherent support package that reaches all local communities in the West Midlands by 2012.  A route to market has been devised which identifies the key players at the different levels whose involvement is critical for the Community Games programme to succeed and be sustained. 

Support Programme

Support is being given to build capacity in communities to deliver activities through:

  • One-2-one support and group facilitation of the lead officers
  • Community Games arenaRecruiting local advocates and advisers to raise interest and proactively engage community leaders 
  • Free access to training on how to organise successful events
  • Building a network of mentors 
  • On-line access to the Community Games web site including a toolkit with ideas and tips 
  • Promotion and marketing templates and resources
  • A regular newsletter with information and news on what’s happening elsewhere
  • A helpline if organisations get stuck or want to know who best to contact in their area.

For further details and to register an interest visit the community games web site:

Meeting Calendar

Community Games face painting

Lead Officers:

25 October - 1.30pm at Manor House, Moat Lane, Birmingham
24 November – full day (venue to be confirmed)
15 December – lunch followed by meeting (venue to be confirmed)


Project Management Group:

6 September 2010 – 2.00pm at ACE 
1 December 2010 – 2.00pm at ACE
2 March 2011 – 2.00pm at ACE
1 June 2011 – 2.00pm at ACE
7 Sept 2011 – 10.00am at ACE
7 Dec 2011 – 2.00pm at ACE