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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from 28 July until the 8 August 2022 and will be part of an incredible summer of sport. Birmingham 2022 is the biggest event the West Midlands has ever staged and the Games will have 19 sports with 8 para sports integrated into the programme. 

Walsall Council has lots of free activities planned to celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay and free taster sessions in Commonwealth Games sports. 

Tri-It free sports activities

During Monday 1st and Friday 12th August our Leisure Centres will be offering free activities, inspired by the Commonwealth Games.  These activities are funded by B2022 Games Small Grants Fund. 

Free Under 8 swimming at Darlaston and Walsall Gala Swimming and Fitness Centres

Includes public swimming in the teaching pool, toddler splash, fun sessions, and family swims. Child supervision policy applies.  No need to book, just turn up. 

Free family badminton at Oak Park Active Living centre

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 5pm.  Wednesdays 8am to 12pm. Fridays 5pm to 10pm. No need to book just turn up. 

Free family table tennis at Oak Park Active Living Centre

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 5pm.  Wednesdays 8am to 12pm.  Fridays 5pm to 10pm.  No need to book, just turn up. 

Free family squash courts at Oak Park Active Living Centre

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 9am and 5pm. No need to book, just turn up.

Free Indoor Virtual Cycling at Bloxwich Active Living Centre

Experience a Les Mills Virtual cycling class in the new fully immersive studio. No need to book just turn up. please see our timetable

Free Just Play Basketball at Bloxwich Active Living Centre 

Fun, recreational session. Mondays 6pm to 8pm and Fridays 4pm to 6pm. No need to book, just turn up. 

Free Back to Netball at Bloxwich Active Living Centre 

Led by England Netball Activator.  Sessions are Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm. No booking required.   

Tri-it parks activity days

During the first week of the Commonwealth Games, Reedswood Park and Willenhall Memorial Park will be offering free activities for families. 

At Reedswood Park, on Thursday 4th August from 1:30pm, families can come and try free activities from Football and Archery to Bowls, Kabadi and Cricket.

At Willenhall Memorial park on Friday 5th August from 1:30pm, come and try free activities that include Cricket, Wheelchair Basketball and Judo. 

There is no need to book, just turn up. All activities are free of charge. 

HAF free Birmingham 2022 tickets

Walsall Leisure have been selected as a deliverer for this summer's Walsall Holiday and Food programme.

Eligible young people have a fantastic opportunity to attend Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games!

  • Cricket 29th July
  • Boxing 1st August
  • Hockey 2nd August
  • Athletics and Para Athletics 3rd August
  • Netball 4th August
  • Badminton 5th August

There are free tickets available for young people aged 11 to 16 year old, who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. Transport to and from the event will be provided from Bloxwich Active Living Centre.

For more information and to register your child please visit the HAF website

Queen's Baton Relay

On Saturday 23rd July the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay came to Walsall.

Walsall Gala Swimming and Fitness Centre held an afternoon of free aquatics activities, followed by an Artistic Swimming Display by Walsall Artistic Swimming Club.  The display ended with the arrival of the Queens Baton, carried by Batonbearer, Matthew Watkins, who handed the Baton over to Robyn Swatman, Great Britain's Senior and Junior Artistic Team member to use in the final display by the team. 

A Community Festival was held in Walsall Arboretum, involving many local community groups and sports clubs.  Many Commonwealth Games sports were showcased including gymnastics, athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, and cycling. There were also football, running clubs, Aikido, table tennis, tai chi, nordic walking, bowls and canoeing on the lake.  Leisure Services brought along gym equipment and provided live classes for people to take part in. 

The highlight of the festival was the arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay, which was carried by 12 baton bearers for the length of the park.  The atmosphere was amazing and the public turned out in their thousands to cheer on the Batonbearers.  The final Batonbearer was Paralympian swimmer, Tully Kearney, MBE who carried the Baton onto Centre Green for the final celebration event. 

The Walsall Batonbearers were

  • Matthew Watkins
  • Robyn Swatman
  • Michael Elwell
  • Idowu Ajala
  • Thomas Hynes-Oughton
  • Dominic Smith
  • Lewis Slater 
  • Alfie Carter
  • Faye Blount
  • Briar Hickenbottom-Marriott
  • Aeryn Hill 
  • Lisa Mutizwa
  • Denzel Magume
  • Tully Kearney MBE