Coventry invited to host International Children’s Games in 2022

Coventry City Council cabinet members are due to meet next week to consider the invitation to host the International Children’s Games in 2022.

Coventry has been invited to host the 2022 International Children’s Games (ICG).

Coventry City Council cabinet members are due to meet next week to consider the invitation, and if accepted, the week-long event will take place in Coventry from 17 to 22 August 2020.

Coventry previously hosted the ICG in 2005, where around 1,250 athletes and swimmers took part in five major sporting events, attracting visitors from 33 countries, 53 cities and four continents.

Coventrians have now been participating in the event for more than 20 years.

The 2022 Games will feature eight sports for competitors aged between 12-15, including basketball, swimming, tennis, table tennis, athletics, six-a-side football, three-on-three basketball and climbing.

As a special addition, a three-kilometre Fun Run will also be held, open to all ages and abilities, aimed at increasing participation in sport and engagement with the event across the city.

The formal invitation to the city to host the games has come from Torsten Rasch, the President of the ICG Committee.

If approved, the cabinet will consider supporting for the cost of hosting the games, up to a maximum of £1 million, funded from corporate reserves with the expectation of reducing the total cost for Coventry City Council through sponsorship and fundraising.

Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, deputy leader at Coventry City Council, noted how the Games would follow directly from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and as such be a brilliant opportunity to cement the city’s reputation as a host of major international sporting competitions.

“If we are to host this fantastic event, it will attract 100 participating cities from around the world and is expected to bring around 2,000 people to Coventry”, he said.

“As well as the benefits to the economy, the event will provide a sporting legacy, which ultimately is excellent news for everyone in Coventry.

“Knowing the ICG is coming will be a springboard for the sport and physical activity sector and galvanise its recovery.”

In a statement, Coventry City Council said that it hoped the ICG will be part of the city’s sporting legacy, following Coventry’s year as European City of Sport in 2019.

Councillor Kamran Caan, cabinet member for public health and sport, said: “Hosting the event would be another great opportunity to inspire local young people to participate in sport and physical activity.  

“During Coventry’s year of sport, we saw over 170,000 people get active.  We have also invested in excess of £100m into sporting facilities so I am confident that we can provide a fantastic experience for competitors and spectators alike.

“This event came to us in 2005 and I’d be delighted to host it in our city once again. It will be a great way to encourage even more people not just to take part in sport and physical activity, but to volunteer, coach and be facilitators of sport too.