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Royal visits and kit reveals

Royal visits and kit reveals

June has been a bumper month for The Exchange, holding not one but two high-profile events in the space of just two weeks. 

The first was a private kit reveal for Team England on 7 June, followed by a royal visit on 17 June as the city prepares to host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games next month.

A milestone event ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the reveal offered 80 stakeholders – including sport governing bodies and Team England athletes – a sneak preview of the Team England kit, ahead of the official unveiling on 8 June.

Attendees also had chance to hear from a panel of athletes and speakers – including Ian Metcalf, Chair of Commonwealth Games England – who were all supported by The Exchange’s expert AV team.

Team England athletes in red tshirts sit on a stage while being interviewed by a smiling man.
Ayo Akinwolere interviews Team England athletes.

Official kit supplier Kukri Sports designed and produced the kit, which will be worn by Team England athletes in 19 different sports, including eight para sports, this summer. Its design was inspired by the building and history of Birmingham, with crosses on the kit resembling the design of The Cube.

Team England kit displayed on panels at The Exchange.
The Exchange’s spacious rooms showcased the kit in the best light.

It was therefore fitting that such an event should be held at another of the city’s landmarks – The Exchange – which is located right at the heart of the Games’ host city.

Just 10 days later, The Exchange welcomed royalty through its doors, when HRH The Earl of Wessex unveiled the Platinum Jubilee Walkway in Birmingham interpretation panel. The panel provides a summary of the 20 points of special significance to the people of Birmingham that form the walkway, which starts at The Exchange.

Also in attendance were the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Lord Mayor, and Professor Deborah Longworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education at the University. For The Exchange to have hosted such a high-profile event less than one year since opening is a testament to just how special this venue is. Based at the heart of the city, it’s already established itself as the go-to venue for VIP events, a community hub and more.

Exterior of The Exchange. Large pillared building surrounded by high-rise buildings, greenery and a water feature in the centre of Birmingham.
The Exchange: a venue at the heart of the community.

These events have come after a huge win for everyone at The Exchange. Less than a month ago, the venue was recognised for its impressive transformation and wow factor at the RICS Awards 2022. The Exchange scooped the Heritage Project Award for the West Midlands – a fantastic recognition of the meticulous conservation and development that went into transforming this beautiful building into a contemporary, multi-functional space for all.

David Oram

David Oram

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Our Head of Event Management David, is responsible for managing and delivering academic events and conferences. He started work at the University in April 2005, and enjoys supporting clients with their event requirements.

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