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Search is on for 25 Game Changers to join the sports team at Birmingham 2022

Published on Friday, 30 April 2021

The organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have announced the search is on for 25 Game Changers. These new recruits have the opportunity to change their lives by embarking on a new career in sport where their first task is to help deliver the biggest sports programme in the history of the Games.

9 of the 25 roles are for Assistant Sport Competition Managers. No relevant experience or qualifications are needed but a passion for sport is an essential requirement, as the successful applicants will be working behind the scenes of the Games and supporting the sports competition managers that Birmingham 2022 has recently recruited.

The new recruits will help to plan and deliver each competition in accordance with the rules and regulations of the international federations for the sports, as well as helping to ensure that the athletes, team officials and technical officials have the facilities and services they need at both the official venues and official training venues for each sport and Para sport.

There are six further vacancies in the sports team and they include coordinators, who will support the technical officials and sport volunteers, a sport publications coordinator, to help ensure all the athletes and technical officials have all the information they require, and a sport entries coordinator, who will keep track of how many athletes are due to take part in the Games.

Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022, Matt Kidson, said: “These roles could be a real game changer for 25 young people, as this is a truly unique opportunity to start a career in sport by working on the largest multi-sport event to be staged in the UK for a decade.

“We’re looking for candidates that can demonstrate an absolute passion for sport and that are keen to learn the ropes from our experienced and dedicated team.

“We have a fantastic and varied programme of sport to deliver and so this is an amazing opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how a major sport event is organised and to kickstart your career in sport in spectacular style.”

The 25 new recruits will be joining a team that is tasked with delivering a sports programme that includes 19 sports and eight Para sports – the biggest para sport programme in Commonwealth Games history.

The sports team was recently expanded when three of Birmingham 2022’s 27 apprentices joined as sports team assistants. One of those apprentices, Para athlete Nicole Swingler, spoke about her experience so far:

“It has been an incredible few months since joining Birmingham 2022 and I have already learnt so much in such a short space of time. The team at Birmingham 2022 is really supportive and has given me such a warm welcome.

“I still can’t believe that I am now helping to organise the Commonwealth Games and this role has given my confidence and career a huge boost. It’s also fascinating to see behind the scenes of such a major event and to begin to understand how events like the Commonwealth Games are organised.”
“If you love sport and you are currently looking for a job, I would urge you to take a look at these roles because it really is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something special.”

The new recruits will join more than 300 people already employed by Birmingham 2022 to deliver the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games which will be staged next summer from 28 July to 8 August.

More information about the jobs, including the simple application process and the minimal qualifications needed, can be found at https://birmingham2022.gigroup.com/divisions/operations/ The closing date for applying for these roles is 13 May.

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