Commonwealth Queen’s Baton Relay Birmingham – Monday 2 June 2014
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) comes to Birmingham on Monday 2 June during its two week journey across England, drumming up support for Team England and celebrating sport as it goes. The Baton will visit Birmingham on its journey across England, marking the countdown to the Commonwealth Games which start in Glasgow on 23 July.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is the traditional curtain-raiser to the 20th Commonwealth Games. By the time it arrives in England the Baton will have visited 68 nations and territories. The Baton contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth that will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Games.
Its visit to England is the last international leg of the relay before the Baton enters Scotland. Each English city or local authority area that hosts a day with the baton are organising a series of events – many of which will be open to the public – to celebrate sport and rouse support for the team.
The Queen’s Baton Relay starts off its Birmingham leg at Victoria Square before it visits 3 of the Active Parks that participated in the 2013 Active Park’s programme – Sunset Park, Holders Lane Fields and Ward End Park. Active Parks will provide free physical activities in 50 Birmingham parks in 2014 as part of the award winning ‘Be Active’ scheme. The Relay gives us the chance to inspire more local people to take part in Active Parks and try new sports, as well as a great opportunity for Birmingham to show its support for Team England. After the Baton visits the Active Parks, it will go back to the City Centre where there will be gymnastic displays and badminton outside the new Library of Birmingham.
At each event, there will be a small number of Batonbearers – specially chosen for their contribution to sport in the local community. Birmingham will celebrate “Team England” with a full day of activity that will see the baton carried through Squares and Parks by some of our local heroes. The Baton bearers are:
Adam Ruckwood – GB Swimmer & Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
Pritesh Pattni – Sports & Community volunteer for over 25 years
Jess Edwards – Active parks Lead Volunteer
Mimi Cesar – GB Rhythmic Gymnast
Laura Samuel – GB Triple Jumper
Commonwealth Games England are calling on the English public to greet the Baton with messages of support to Team England via @weRengland or the Commonwealth Games England Facebook page OfficialWeAreEngland, and feel motivated to get moving and perhaps try a new sport.
At each of the parks children from local schools will be taking part in sports (see below for the activities in each park) and members of the general public are also welcome to take part in some activities and cheer the baton along its way.
Victoria Square – 7.00am – 9.00am
Table Tennis and badminton activities. Baton arrives at 8.30am.
Active Parks ‘Sunset Park’– 10.30am to 11.30am
Pritesh Pattni and Adam Ruckwood to bring the Baton into the park.
Capoeira and dance fitness – Display Circus skills workshop Badminton Chi
Active Parks ‘Holders Lane Fields’ – 12.45pm to 1.45pm
Laura Samuel to bring the baton in the park for welcome.
Hockey on Redgra – Jane Sixsmith/Rachel Walker to support session
Zumba/Pilates Rounders AthleFI Aerial Silks
Active Parks ‘Ward End Park’ – 2.15pm to 3.15pm
Mimi Cesar and Jess Edwards to bring the baton in the park.
Table Tennis Netball in MUGA Cycling – Sustrans Tennis in MUGA Multiskills
Centenary Square – 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Sporstfest event incorporating, Athletics, Badminton, Bowls, Boxing, BMX, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Netball, Squash, Table Tennis & Wrestling.
Speeches from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Sir Andrew Foster from Commonwealth Games England will take place outside the Library of Birmingham at 6.00pm with the baton arriving at 6.15pm. Midlands Today will provide the weather forecast live from the Library terrace over-looking the event.
Information for schools bringing children to the Queen’s Baton Relay
- Please arrive before the Baton does – 15-30 minutes before so activities are happening when the Baton arrives
- Children should wear PE kit if they are participating in the activity
- Please ensure the children have a drink with them
- The BBC are filming the day so you will need to have permissions in place
Your contacts for the day are:
Erica Martin Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org 07980643940
Leanne Youngson email@example.com 07814394149
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any additional information.