Memorandum submitted by Manchester City
Council, Manchester 2002 Ltd and Commonwealth Games Council for
1.1 The Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games
are on target with plans and preparations well advanced for a
major sporting and cultural celebration. Commonwealth Games Federation
(CGF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) observers visited
Manchester in November 2000 to carry out an audit on progress
to date. After close scrutiny, the independent team reported that
they were encouraged by the depth and thoroughness of 2002s planning
and were confident that targets are being met on time.
2.1 Plans for the largest Commonwealth Games
sporting programme are well advanced. Working together with Commonwealth
Games Associations and Sport Governing bodies, 14 individual and
three team sports have been agreed. The spectacularly successful
Team GB at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney have provided a huge boost
to UK sport and athletes and media are now turning their sights
to Manchester 2002 where elite athletes from England, Wales, Scotland,
Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey will aspire
to medals, secure new Commonwealth records and most importantly,
have the unique opportunity of competing at such a significant
event in front of a home crowd.
3.1 Preparations include significant progress
on venues. With significant support from the Sport England Lottery
Fund, six new venues will be provided for the Games and improvements
made to others.
Her Majesty the Queen formally opened
the £32 million Manchester Aquatics Centre in October which
was completed ahead of schedule and is now in use as a community
facility and an elite training centre;
The Bolton Arena is nearing completion
and will open February 2001;
Work on the City of Manchester Stadium
is on target with building completion scheduled for December 2001
and fit-out for the Games completed by April 2002;
Work is in progress on the new bowling
facility at Heaton Park to ensure adequate time for the greens
to bed in;
A £6 million upgrade of the
National Shooting Centre in Bisley, Surrey is being overseen by
Sport England and will ensure a world class facility for the Games.
Belle Vue Leisure Centre has been selected for the new Hockey
facility which will include two water based pitches and an indoor
training facility, again funded by the Sport England Lottery Fund
at a cost of £3.2 million;
The £16.7 million English Institute
of Sport (EIS) will form part of a network of new regional sporting
academies. It includes an Indoor Tennis Centre, the National Squash
Centre, the National Cycling Centre, indoor and outdoor athletics
facilities and comprehensive science/sports medicine services.
Tenders are now being evaluated and site works will start early
next year in accordance with programmes. The EIS also includes
the Belle Vue Leisure Centre;
Existing venues are being prepared
for a temporary upgrade for the 2002 Games.
4.1 In terms of timing, sponsorship income
is ahead of target and positive discussions with potential sponsors
take place on a daily basis.
4.2 Negotiations are underway for the international
sale of TV rights. With the BBC appointed as the Host Broadcaster
the excellent quality of coverage is assured. The BBC as Domestic
Broadcaster will provide 10 hours a day of Commonwealth Games
coverage throughout the 10 days of the event.
5.1 Planning for ticketing, transport, security,
catering, accommodation, accreditation, media services, VIPs and
the Athletes Village are on target. Manchester 2002 has taken
full advantage of experience gained at the Sydney Olympics and
the M2002 team includes a number of experts from Sydney who bring
with them knowledge gleaned from staging the most successful Olympics
6.1 Games' organisers have received solid
support from the Government, co-ordinated by a Ministerial Task
Force chaired by The Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP. The Prime Minister's
personal commitment has been clearly demonstrated by hosting important
events. The announcement earlier this year of £10.5 million
earmarked for the Opening and Closing ceremonies will ensure that
Manchester and the UK will be showcased to the world in spectacular
7.1 Plans for the recruitment of 15,000
volunteers are in place and working with Adecco, the official
staffing supplier for the Games, progress is being made on identifying
lead volunteers with professional experience. Recruitment generally
will begin in April 2001. The first graduates of the Pre Volunteer
Programme, aimed at socially excluded 16-24 year olds who live
in SRB areas across the Northwest, have received Open Learning
certificates after successfully completing 30 hours of training.
"Graduates" are now able to take up a further 60 hours
of training either in event volunteering or Sport England's sports
management course in order to achieve a BTECH award, the first
ever national qualification in event volunteering.
8. SPIRIT OF
8.1 The Spirit of Friendship Festival has
appointed a national director who, with DCMS, DFEE, Sport England
and the Arts Council for England will deliver a national festival
of education, sport and culture. The Festival will embrace the
modern Commonwealth's values of fairness and inclusivity and engage
the nation from its start on Commonwealth Day, 11 March 2002,
until 10 August 2002.
9.1 Plans for the 2002 Games are on target
and on course for success. Detailed information about progress
is included in the report to the Commonwealth Games Federation
delivered in September 2000. Copies of the report are attached.
9.2 Manchester Games' organisers are confident
that in 2002, coinciding with Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee,
the best Games ever will be delivered, setting a new benchmark
in the hosting of major international events.
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