Creating a sporting legacy for the city
Birmingham City University is helping to create a sporting legacy for its home city by partnering with one of its iconic venues following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
We are set to become one of the tenants of the newly transformed Alexander Stadium after the Games conclude. The international standard athletics arena in Perry Barr – where we were formerly based before our move to the city centre – will become home to our sports and exercise operation from August 2022.
The University originally launched its sports and exercise programmes in 2016, with courses such as Sports Nutrition, Physiotherapy and Biomedical Science proving hugely popular with students preparing for careers in sports, fitness, and health and wellbeing industries.
With this move to the new state-of-the-art facility, which is currently undergoing a multimillion pound transformation in preparation for the Games, we can expand our offering with provision to accommodate up to 1,000 students.
Set over three storeys in a newly-redeveloped Western Stand and housing specialist equipment such as environmental chambers and anti-gravity treadmills, the site will provide the perfect setting for a new generation of sports physiotherapists, sports scientists, nutritionists and other sports professionals.
As well as providing the best possible environment for elite sports and exercise teaching and learning, the move will also help ensure that the Alexander Stadium remains the focal point for community, leisure, sport, and health and wellbeing activity in an area of the city in which we have a strong association.
There is a wider programme of regeneration underway in Perry Barr, including the building of new homes on and around the site of the Commonwealth Games Village, public realm and transport and infrastructure improvements.
Birmingham City University’s renewed presence in the area will play a key role in this revitalisation, and will help ensure that the Alexander Stadium remains an important part of the sporting fabric of the city, region and nation for years to come.