University of Wolverhampton to host national team at Commonwealth Games

Members of Team Wales will be based at the Walsall campus in 2022

The University of Wolverhampton will host members of Team Wales when the Commonwealth Games heads to Birmingham in 2022, it has been announced.

Coaches and support staff will occupy around 50 halls of residence rooms at the Walsall campus, while athletes will have use of the university’s sports facilities in the build-up to the event.

“Sport is a key priority for the university,” said University of Wolverhampton vice-chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer.

“We are continuing to invest in cutting-edge new technology to develop our offer for elite sports teams and further expand the learning experience for our students.”

Jaz Joyce, a member of Team Wales’ women’s rugby 7s

It is planned that the partnership between the university and Team Wales will also feature guest lectures from national coaches, performance directors, physiotherapists, doctors and psychologists; Q&A sessions; and visits by students to the national team’s sports facilities.

Chief Executive Officer of Team Wales, Chris Jenkins, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to have this partnership supporting our athletes and staff going into Birmingham 2022, and also working with the students of the university, giving hands-on experience of a major games.”

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