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We're working with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to deliver successful lawn bowls and para bowls events at Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park. We aim to maximise the overall benefits of the Games to residents, local businesses and visitors to the District and to promote the ongoing opportunities it can create.

May 2020 update

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A sum of almost £1.8 million has been awarded by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, for a series of infrastructure improvement projects to be put in place ahead of Victoria Park’s role as an official venue for Lawn Bowls and Para Bowls competitions in summer 2022.

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger commented;

“In these unprecedented and extremely worrying times for the District’s businesses the Council’s priority is to assist with the current emergency situation. However, over the coming months we will also be working on a number of ambitious infrastructure schemes with the aim of boosting and securing jobs in our local economy and ensuring that competitors and spectators visiting Royal Leamington Spa in 2022 have transport and facilities which are truly world-class.”

The Leader of Warwick District Council, Councillor Andrew Day added;

“The clock continues to count down the days until athletes and visitors from across the Commonwealth will visit for an exciting fortnight of international competition and community celebrations in 2022.  While this Council’s immediate priority is our response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have not lost sight of securing a lasting legacy from hosting the Commonwealth Games in Royal Leamington Spa by helping to provide more sustainable transport options for the benefit of future generations.”

Nick Abell, the interim chair of the CWLEP, said:

“The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will put Royal Leamington Spa on the global stage with thousands of spectators arriving at the town’s railway station. It is proposed that the allocation from the Local Growth Fund will be used to improve the public realm space and areas around Leamington Spa Railway Station as well as enhance wayfinding for visitors linking the station to Victoria Park and town centre. The funding will also enhance the existing bowling greens and buildings within Victoria Park to provide world-class facilities for players, officials and visitors alike.”

Further details of the infrastructure projects will be announced in the coming months.

What we are trying to do

  1. Deliver a successful Commonwealth Games event
  2. Improve the bowls venue, competition, participation and diversity
  3. Enhance the wider Victoria Park facilities, access and riverside links
  4. Raise awareness of the wellbeing benefits of an active lifestyle
  5. Maximise opportunities for local enterprise, culture, tourism and showcasing WDC’s reputation for events delivery

Current Position

  • Project Board established, chaired by the Project Sponsor (Chris Elliot) and  Project Manager appointed until March 2023 (Christina Boxer)
  • Project Operation Team and sub groups established with lead officers to focus on key elements of the project
  • Meetings held with Birmingham2022 Organising Committee to access venue layout and a greens programme of improvement
  • Initial planning towards a countdown of community events involving sport, leisure and cultural activities
  • Launch of a WDC Sport Ambassador scheme
  • Early contacts made with countries and potential host providers to offer Training Camps within the District.
  • Birmingham 2022 enterprise opportunities and business portal promoted to local business via Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Trade, Business Forums and Business Network International events.
  • Establishment of community stakeholder groups, with first meeting held with the Victoria Park Commonwealth Games Stakeholder Group


  • Improved facilities at Victoria Park for a range of users
  • Links with external stakeholders to deliver a successful event
  • An annual countdown of cultural and leisure events rotated across the District in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2022
  • Improved accessibility of Victoria Park and Leamington town centre
  • Local businesses assisted to win Birmingham2022 contracts
  • Visiting teams attracted for pre-Games Training Camps
  • Increased participation in bowls and other sports
  • Exciting volunteering opportunities being announced in 2020
  • Enhanced green corridor along the rivers Avon and Leam

Further information

For further Birmingham2022 information, latest news and business opportunities, visit

Warwick District Council contact

Christina Boxer
Commonwealth Games Project Manager
Tel. 01926 456238


October 2019 - Venue refresh

We made an announcement last month about a "refresh" to our venue plan, following a routine review, as we are now two years on since the original bid for the Games was put together. The link below will take you to more information but the key changes are that, following a rise in popularity of the sport, netball will now be held at the NEC and due to challenges relating to football fixtures and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, rugby sevens will now take place at the Coventry Stadium, instead of at Villa Park.

October 2019 - Draft Games Strategic Transport Plan

The draft Games Strategic Transport Plan outlines the strategic approach to the planning, provision and management of transport services during the Games. It sets out how existing demand from local people and businesses will be managed and how additional demand during the Games will be accommodated. The plan has been produced by Transport for West Midlands, through collaboration with Birmingham 2022 and Birmingham City Council and they’ve also worked closely with other local authorities and transport partners.