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4 March

OV Gearing Up for the Games

We were very excited to learn that OV James Crabtree (Br 10-17 and King’s Hawford) will be instrumental in the behind-the-scenes preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games James Crabtree

James explained how he secured this terrific position: “After graduating last summer with a first-class degree in Business & International Relations, I was left with the common question: What now?

“Since long before King’s, my heart was always in sport. The 2022 Commonwealth Games landing on my doorstep in Birmingham was therefore the perfect opportunity to take that first career step into the world of sport.

“Six months ago, I started my role as a Venue Operations Coordinator, working within Venue Management at Edgbaston Stadium for the Women’s T20 Cricket. My role is to make sure that on 28th July 2022 all of our functional areas are ready to deliver their operations on venue, and to ensure everyone has an amazing two weeks. While working on a global multi-sport event comes with a lot of pressure and long hours, this is all overruled by the excitement of The Games.

“Hosting The Games brings a global spotlight to Birmingham, and we intend to use that to transform not only the image of the city, but the city itself. Leaving behind a tangible legacy is what these Games are about, and I am positive this legacy will be felt by all.”

We look forward to seeing the fruits of James’s labour and celebrating a wonderful Commonwealth Games this summer.