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Small Heath Summer fete @Ark Victoria Academy

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Ark Victoria Academy, Talbot Way, Small Heath, Birmingham, UK

In partnership with Ark Victoria Academy, B2022 Community Engagement Team supported the engagement of the Small Heath community in accessing Commonwealth and connecting with the Games through our Community Roadshow and Birmingham Festival 2022 activity.

Ark Victoria Academy supports students and families of Small Heath and the local community, bringing everything from sport and physical activity to well-being and culture elements to support students’ life journey and education, promoting positive ways to be active, achieve and inspire.

The event was planned as part of the school curriculum, celebrating the diaspora of Commonwealth communities which reside in the area and providing them the opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of one another’s cultures and connection to the Commonwealth.

We showcased several sports alongside community partners Active Wellbeing society, cultural performances and fun activities for students and families to experience and enjoy. The school opened its gate to the local community which saw 2000+ people participate.

Small Heath has historical lower levels of engagement in sport and high health inequalities. The academy shared their desire to engage more of their students and families in sporting activity and bolster the event by using the Games themed event as a Catalyst for Change in the area, particularly in breaking down barriers to sport and accessible pathways to sport.

We were joined by Hometown Hero Salma Bi, who provided Cricket activations and shared her story of overcoming and perseverance through sport.

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Legacy Development Goals

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SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communitie

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SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

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SDG 4 - Quality Education

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SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals




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