Table tennis equipment used by teams and athletes during the Commonwealth Games will be gifted to local sport and community groups in the West Midlands.

In a join-up between Sport England, the Birmingham 2022 organisers and the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), more than 16,000 items from across all sports will be made available.

They include nets, balls, scoreboards and sundry other items used during the table tennis and para table tennis competition at the NEC.

The community giveaway will support the shared goal to create a lasting community impact in the West Midlands, by supporting people to be active beyond the Games.

Not-for-profit community-based organisations, such as local voluntary groups, schools, sports clubs, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprises that deliver community-based projects, that seek to tackle inactivity and promote the physical and mental benefits of leading an active life, are all eligible to apply.

The equipment giveaway is open to communities in Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire. Applications are open from today (August 15) September 19, with the process designed to be as inclusive as possible to reflect the diversity of the West Midlands. Guidance for the application process is available in 15 languages and video applications are accepted too.

A full catalogue of the equipment for the community giveaway is available on the Sport England website for groups and clubs to look at and apply for.

The catalogue is also attached below, along with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document and application guidance document.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England said: “The Birmingham Games were one to remember – but it’s now vital that sport and activity in our communities does not stop. 

“It is a wonderful part of the Games’ immediate legacy that kit and equipment that has been part of iconic moments can now go to local groups to support them in their ambition to benefit from playing sport and being active. 

“This was always a key goal: to build a legacy in the community of new opportunities previously not open or easily available to those that want it the most.”

If you are a West Midlands organisation which wants to find out more and apply for equipment, please click the button below.