Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club hopes to be a Birmingham 2022 training venue ©Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club

Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club has submitted a bid to be included as a training venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

According to the Express and Star, the club has put forward its Manor Abbey sports ground as a potential training facility.

Club trustee David Viner has suggested the venue would be suited to athletics, track cycling and triathlon teams training ahead of the Games.

Viner, who was a key supporter of a campaign to build a West Midlands Velodrome for the Games, believes the club becoming a training venue would be a boost for local athletes.

"Making the facilities at Manor Abbey as a training camp for competitors in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games would be a great opportunity for our members and the local community to engage in what is going to be a huge sporting event," Viner told the Express and Star.

"What better way is there to inspire local youngsters into sport?

"A lot of people won't be able to see the competition, but there might be a chance to see the top athletes working on their training."

Organisers officially began their search for training venues last month.

Applications are being invited for facilities that can act as Games-time training venues for 10 of the 19 sports on the programme.

Birmingham 2022 began the search for training venues last month ©Birmingham 2022
Birmingham 2022 began the search for training venues last month ©Birmingham 2022

Venues are being sought for athletics, boxing, cricket, hockey, netball, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby sevens, swimming and triathlon.

The facilities must be available between July 18 and August 10 in 2022.

Athletes competing in the other nine sports will either train at their competition venue or at one of three Campus Villages – the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick or the National Exhibition Centre.

Each of the 10 sports seeking venues has specific criteria which locations must meet to be eligible.

Venues can apply to host one or multiple sports, depending on the facilities they have available.

Training venues must be located within a 30-minute drive of one of the three Campus Villages.

Facilities that are not eligible to become Games-time training venues could instead be considered as a venue for a pre-Games camp.

These will be used by nations arriving in England early to acclimatise and finalise their preparations before the Games begin.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8.