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The Commonwealth Games are a unique, world class, multi-sport event that is held once every four years.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in venues all across Birmingham and the West Midlands, from 28 July until 8 August 2022.

Here we will be providing you with all the information from volunteer opportunities, tickets and athletes competing as soon as it's available!

Birmingham 2022

At B2022 there will be three types of volunteer roles:

  • Generalist
  • Sport Specialist (SSV)
  • Young volunteers
  • Honorary Steward Volunteering Opportunities

The application portal for Generalist, SSV roles and Honorary Steward Volunteering Opportunities opened on 1 June 2021. The shortlisting process will take place over the Summer and Volunteer Selection Centres are planned to run from September to December 2021. Volunteer offers will be made by B2022 in January 2022.

The recruitment process and timeline will differ for Young Volunteers, and further information will be circulated in due course.  

The application process for SSVs and Honorary Steward Volunteering Opportunities is the same as that for members of the general public, with the key difference of an allocation of a code which are detailed in the 'More about the Sport Specialist Volunteer (SSV) Roles and Honorary Steward Volunteering Opportunities below.

 

At B2022 there will be three categories of SSV roles:

  • SSV - Sport Competition Management
  • SSV - Results, Timing and Scoring
  • SSV - Sports Presentation

Sport Competition Management and Results, Timing & Scoring roles:

Competition critical roles, and therefore the volunteer will need to have role specific skills, knowledge or experience from a previous major event within Weightlifting or Para Powerlifting. A major event is considered a national championships or above.

Sports Presentation roles:

The Sport Specific Volunteer roles are ceremonial and take place on the field of play with both the athletes and dignitaries, therefore the volunteer will need to be able to follow process and procedure and be culturally sensitive.  Experience from a previous event within the Weightlifting or Para Powerlifting would be beneficial but not vital.

B2022 would like to identify those people who are the Next Generation (aged 18+) of Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting and would like to play an integral role in the presentation of medals to their sporting idols.  They would also like to identify those people who are synonymous with Weightlifting or Para Powerlifting - but for whatever reason may not be competing on the elite stage - who would relish an opportunity to appear "on stage" during the Medal Ceremonies at Birmingham 2022.

 Core Competencies for SSVs

Competency 

  Description 

Experience 

Previous experience of volunteering for Weightlifting or Para Powerlifting in a similar role at previous events, as deemed sufficient by the relevant IF/NGB 

Integrity 

Ability to conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner at all times during B2022, both during and outside competition 

Communication 

Ability to interact competently in English with other Volunteers, Athletes, Team Officials, Technical Officials, B2022 staff and other stakeholders 

Teamwork 

Ability to work collaboratively with other Volunteers, Technical Officials in a team environment, and accept instructions.

Physical Fitness 

Suitable physical fitness relative to the specific role to be filled at B2022 

Composure 

Ability to remain calm under pressure and respond quickly and appropriately to changing circumstances 

SSV Applications

The process for SSV recruitment is as follows:

All volunteers must apply to be a volunteer by completing the B2022 online application form which is open from 1st June 2021 for a period of 4-6 weeks. We therefore ask if you are interested and match the criteria to apply early.

The volunteer application form will be accessed via a portal on the Birmingham 2022 website

Candidates will be prompted to enter the code for Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting during the online application process.

        • SPT-WLF – Sport Competition Management
        • RTS-WLF – Result, Timing & Scoring
        • SPP-WLF – Sport Presentation

The code will need to be entered in the exact format as above, so please enter the code in capitals on page four of the volunteer application form. Each volunteer can enter one code only on their application form.

Once the applications close, suitable candidates will be shortlisted and invited by to attend the Volunteer Selection Centre (between September and December 2021)

Formal offers to successful candidates will be issued via the B2022 Volunteer Management system from January 2022.

Please note: all applicants must go through the whole application process. This is to ensure that the system remains fair and consistent, whilst ensuring that all applicants are suitable for the roles they may be offered. 

All volunteers, including SSVs must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age by 1st January 2022
  • Be available to volunteer for the full duration of the Commonwealth Games period, including pre-Games Training period – 22nd July 2022 to 8th August 2022 (A volunteer will not be required to be on shift on every day of the Games period)- and committed to complete a minimum of 8* volunteer shifts
  • Able to speak and read English or BSL
  • Eligible to volunteer in the UK
  • Agree to and pass relevant security and background check
  • Accept the role and venue offered
  • Complete and attend all required training and readiness events prior to the Games.

Please note that B2022 will not provide financial, or other, support for travel to the West Midlands or any accommodation before or during Games time.

All B2022 volunteers (including SSVs) will benefit from the following:

  • The opportunity to be part of the team delivering an International Sport Event
  • Comprehensive training for each role
  • Free transport within the West Midlands when on shift
  • Meals and refreshments provided when on shift
  • Unique Games Uniform. All volunteers will be subject to the terms and conditions of uniform wear throughout the entire Games period.
  • Reward and Recognition programme
 

All volunteers must apply to be a volunteer by completing the B2022 online application form which is open from 1st June 2021 for a period of 4-6 weeks. We therefore ask if you are interested and match the criteria to apply early.

Once the applications close, suitable candidates will be shortlisted and invited by to attend the Volunteer Selection Centre (between September and December 2021)

Formal offers to successful candidates will be issued via the B2022 Volunteer Management system from January 2022.

The volunteer application form for all roles can be accessed via a portal on the Birmingham 2022 website

Would you like to volunteer as an Honorary Steward and in exchange, gain a Level 2 Certificate in Spectator Experience as well as the hands-on experience of being a steward.

The knowledge and skills could be brought back into your club/community setting or could be used by the applicant to take on paid work as a steward.

In addition to the qualification successful applicants will receive enhanced training, uniform and food, drink, and free public transport around West Midlands for all shifts.

PLEASE NOTE: overnight accommodation is not provided. Please consider this if you are not based in the West Midlands.

Eligibility

To be eligible to become a volunteer, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old by 1 January 2022.
  • You must be available to volunteer for the full duration of the Games (28 July – 8 August 2022) period and commit to complete a minimum of eight volunteer shifts.
  • You must be able to speak and read English or communicate using British Sign Language (BSL).
  • You must be eligible to volunteer in the UK.
  • You must agree to and pass relevant security risk assessment checks.
  • You will be required to accept the volunteer role and venue you are offered.
  • You must complete and attend all required training.

Applications

Volunteer applications are open now. The link can be found here: https://www.birmingham2022.com/get-involved/volunteering/.

When applying as an Honorary Steward be sure to enter the application code: EVS-HST to ensure the applications are sent through specifically to the honorary steward section.

Ticket Timeline

 
SEPTEMBER 2021

Main Ballot

The Main Ballot, which will take place 8–30 September 2021, is open to everyone. The majority of tickets will be available in this Main Ballot, though there will be limits on the number of tickets in each session that you can apply for and be allocated.

 
OCTOBER 2021

Main Ballot Results

After the closing date, the ballot will be run. If you are successful in securing tickets, you will be notified by email and payment will be taken in full within 72 hours of the email notification. Please ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the total cost of your ticket request and your payment card hasn’t expired.

For more info visit the Birmingham 2022 website

Home Nations

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has been selected as the venue for Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Home Nations

As the National Governing Body for Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting, we are dedicated to supporting our Home Nations and their role in growing the profile of our sport. By delivering events, initiatives and programmes, these organisations make an invaluable contribution to the weightlifting community.

For more info visit the Birmingham 2022 website here

The England Committee is a formal sub-committee of British Weight Lifting and has been established to ensure an integrated approach to the development and growth of the sport in England across all levels and age groups. 

The England Weightlifting Training Squad is made up of 30 top performing athletes who are either on a trajectory to win medals, finish in the top 6 at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games or have the potential to medal at future Commonwealth Games in 2026.

Classic Commonwealth Moments

 2018: Muskett triumphs for England     

 2018: Sugden wins Silver by 0.2 points after switching sports    

 2018: Davies wins maiden Commonwealth Games medal           

 2018: Smith overcomes back injury to seal Silver             

 2018: Newson seals Para Powerlifting major medal treble          

 2018: Jawad secures Bronze after Crohn’s comeback    

 2018: Boxall bounces back to win Bronze by 1kg              

 2018: Oliver wins Silver for England      

 2018: Bronze for Campbell on first appearance

To view more Classic England Weight Lifting Commonwealth moments from throughout history click here

Weightlifting Wales is responsible for all aspects of the sport in Wales; from grassroots development through to elite level competitions. The organisation delivers a variety of programmes and initiatives that have seen the sport grow significantly, including organising the European and Commonwealth Championships in Cardiff, as well as the famous Silver Dragon International Tournaments and World Cup.

Over the years, Weightlifting Wales has won over 50 Commonwealth medals since first appearing in the Commonwealth Games in 1954. One of these medals was won by current Welsh Head Coach Ray Williams, who won the gold medal in the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

Classic Commonwealth Moments

  1960’s: Wonderful Weng Wins Gold for Wales

  1980’s: The Brilliant John Burns              

  2002: Morgan Makes History with Sixth Consecutive Medal       

  2002: Breeze wins Snatch Gold on her debut

  2006: Breeze becomes Commonwealth Champion  

  2010: Breeze Seals Silver on First Swansong      

  2014: Bronze for Breeze after retirement comeback     

  2018: Evans Strikes Gold for Wales               

  2018: Hughes wins Bronze on Commonwealth debut

To find out more about Weightlifting Wales click here.

Weightlifting Scotland is the National Governing Body for the sport of weightlifting in Scotland. The organisation is dedicated to all things weightlifting and continues to support an established network of athletes, coaches, officials, clubs and supporters throughout Scotland. The NGB also delivers a variety of events, competitions and programmes which have been an invaluable in driving the growth of the sport across the country.

Classic Commonwealth Moments

1960’s: Super Caira ‘Scotland’s Wonder Boy’       

1970’s: The Riveting Charlie Revolta       

 2010: Silver for Scotland’s Kirkbride

 2014: Yule Finishes Fourth on Home Soil

To find out more about Weightlifting Scotland click here

Northern Ireland Weightlifting exists to promote the sport of Olympic Weight Lifting and Para-Powerlifting in Northern Ireland. The organisation aims to promote the use of weights as a means to improve physical health and sporting excellence by developing the teaching of weightlifting and weight training.

Classic Commonwealth Moment

  2018: McQuade secures Northern Ireland’s all-time best result

To find out more about Northern Ireland Weightlifting click here.

Jersey Weightlifting is the official governing body of the sport of Weightlifting in Jersey. As a formal sub-committee of British Weightlifting they have been established to oversee the fair and equitable growth and development of the sport in Jersey on behalf of BWL across all levels and age groups, as well as ensuring good governance and practice of all BWL members.

Classic Commonwealth Moment

1960’s: Highflyer Heuze hits all-time high for Jersey with fourth

For the latest updates on Jersey Weightlifting please click here

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