Bournville School ‘Adopt a Nation’ for Birmingham’s Gymnastics World Cup

Bournville School has been selected to be part of the Gymnastics World Cup (21-22 March) opening ceremony. Lillie Stacey and Sophie Mills will parade the Chinese national flag across the concourse at Arena Birmingham during the first night of the event. The men’s competition will be staged on Wednesday 21st and the women battle it out on Thursday 22nd.

Sophie Mills said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’ve always wanted to see gymnastics live so I’m very excited.

Kate Hughes, Head of PE, also commented:

It is brilliant that Bournville are able to be involved in the opening ceremony and I know the two students and myself are really excited. As a PE teacher, giving students the opportunity to see sport live is a wonderful experience. The fact it’s so local to them is an even better opportunity. It’s something that’s very positive for the children to aspire to long-term by seeing other local sports children achieving their aspirations and goals.”

The Gymnastics World Cup will see the world’s top gymnasts competing over all apparatus.  The GB team will be up against gymnasts from eight other nations over two nights of competition in the all-round event, which for the men includes the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. The women will battle it out on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

Lillie Stacey said of her flag-bearing role: “I’ve never been to a gymnastics competition, so I can’t to be there. I’m really excited.

The World Cup on March 21st and March 22nd is one of the first major international sporting events in the city in the countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and will be the last event before gymnasts from the four home nations head to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

In celebration of the city being awarded the Commonwealth Games in 2022, Birmingham City Council are running an exclusive ticket offer for local residents. All tickets for the men’s event on Wednesday 21st March will be priced at £20.22 (booking fees apply).

Use code BIRM2022 at checkout to redeem this offer.

Tickets for both nights of the event are available from www.gymnasticsworldcup.co.uk. Family tickets are also available at a reduced rate.