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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Sheffield as full England route revealed
- Queen’s Baton Relay route through England revealed
- Baton will visit Sheffield on Tuesday 12 July 2022
- It will spend 2 days in Yorkshire and the Humber between 12 and 13 July
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Sheffield during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. The Baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions.
On Tuesday 12 July, Sheffield will officially welcome the Baton.
A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community.
During its time in Sheffield, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Sheffield Children's Hospital, the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and will join local schools and community groups to experience a range of sporting activities during a sports festival at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield. The sports festival is being supported by Move More Sheffield partners including Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Sheffield City Trust and the Schools Sports Partnership.
Exact timings will be shared nearer the event date, but the schedule of activity for the Baton’s time in Sheffield includes:
- Early AM: Sheffield Children's Hospital
- Early AM - Mid AM: Baton Relay, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to English Institute of Sport Sheffield
- Mid AM: Sports festival at English Institute of Sport Sheffield
Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is a real honour for Sheffield to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay, joining this 25-day tour around host nation England, following its epic journey across the other 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
“Just as the Games connects and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton Relay is uniting our regions and is a chance for our own local communities to come together and celebrate. We look forward to giving the inspiring Batonbearers a warm Sheffield welcome as they take on the Yorkshire and the Humber leg of this exciting tour and showing them around some of Sheffield’s top sport and wellbeing facilities at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and English Institute of Sport Sheffield.”
Thousands of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through England, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity. Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will carry the Baton each day, and the Relay will reach hundreds of villages, towns and cities during its tour of the country.
One of the confirmed community Batonbearers in Sheffield is Lee Brown from Dinnington (Rotherham), who was nominated by family and friends. In 2016 Lee was diagnosed with and treated for a rare form of cancer – gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Despite his illness, he overcame the challenges he faced, finding purpose and positivity by putting all his energy in to raising awareness and vital funds for GIST Cancer UK. Lee has now raised more than £100,000 for various local charities and is on a mission to keep going, as he continues taking on new challenges and goals.
Lee said: “I was surprised and honoured when I found out I had been nominated, and to be selected for this role is an absolute privilege for me. I can’t wait to represent my local region and share this exciting journey with all the other amazing people that have been chosen as Batonbearers.”
Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen’s Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres). From energetic cities and historic market towns, to rolling countryside and rugged coastline, the Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland.
Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.
Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania. It still has further destinations in the Caribbean, the Americas, and more countries in Europe, including the Home Nations consisting of five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland and five in Wales, where it will finish on Sunday 3 July, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.
The dates of when the Baton visits each region are:
- 4 July – 5 July: South West
- 6 July – 7 July: South East
- 8 July – 9 July: East of England
- 10 July – 11 July: East Midlands
- 12 July – 13 July: Yorkshire and the Humber
- 14 July – 15 July: North East
- 16 July – 17 July: North West
- 18 July – 28 July: West Midlands
Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture & Queen's Baton Relay, said: “Whilst the Baton has been travelling across the Commonwealth, we have worked closely with Local Authorities in England to devise a route that engages with hundreds of communities, passing sport venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"Yet the Queen’s Baton Relay is far more than just a journey. It symbolises connecting people from every corner of the Commonwealth, celebrates Batonbearers who take on challenges, and marks the countdown the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it.
“We hope that communities across the country join the excitement, attend events near them, line the streets to cheer on our incredible Batonbearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”
Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28.”
Throughout May, the Queen’s Baton Relay continues its journey through the Caribbean and the Americas, with visits to St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda and Canada, amongst others.
The Queen’s Baton
The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused art, technology and science. Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the Baton also features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology; 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting.
For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit www.birmingham2022.com/qbr.
The information provided on the route through England is subject to local authority approval and therefore could be subject to change.
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