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First competitors and hosts confirmed for Sport Relief All Star Games: Birmingham 2022



Sport Relief, Birmingham 2022 and the BBC are coming together to bring viewers a one off, All-Star version of the Commonwealth Games. Led by Team Captains, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes and five-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds OBE, two teams from the world of sport and entertainment will go head to head to raise life-changing money in Sport Relief All Star Games: Birmingham 2022 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The action-packed event hosted by Emma Willis and Jermaine Jenas will see the celebrities and sporting legends as you’ve never seen them before.

Some of the competitors lacing up their trainers include BBC sport presenter Mike Bushell; former Love Island winner and presenter Kem Cetinay; freestyle football world champion Liv Cooke; former international rugby union player and model Thom Evans; two time Winter Olympic snowboarder and broadcaster Aimee Fuller; double Olympic gold medal rower Helen Glover; comedian and presenter Darren Harriott; singer and presenter Una Healy; singer and songwriter HRVY; comedian Russell Kane; BBC Asian Network DJ and TV presenter Noreen Khan; TV personality and presenter Ferne McCann; TV presenter Steph McGovern; commentator and former racing driver Billy Monger; former England Rugby Union and Lions star Ugo Monye; Gold medal Winter Olympic curler Eve Muirhead; Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan; author and Invictus Games athlete Mark Ormrod; Queen of the Jungle and TV personality Vicky Pattison; double Paralympic Gold medal runner Jonnie Peacock; TV presenter Mark Rhodes; former England rugby union captain Chris Robshaw; actor and comedian Tom Rosenthal; comedian Suzi Ruffell; Olympic gold medal long jumper Greg Rutherford; musician and presenter George Shelley; former professional Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas; former Love Islander and professional basketball player Ovie Soko; TV and Capital radio presenter Sian Welby; double Paralympic Gold medal runner Richard Whitehead; triple Olympic and World champion gymnast Max Whitlock and BBC Radio 1 DJ & TV presenter Rickie Haywood Williams.

They will take on five Birmingham 2022 sports, competing in front of live crowds at the actual venues during the Games. The action will take place across Lee Valley Velopark for Cycling – Track, Alexander Stadium for Athletics, Arena Birmingham for Rhythmic Gymnastics, Smithfield for Basketball 3×3 and the NEC Arena for Table Tennis.

Emma Willis says: “Being a born and bred Brummy, I’m so excited to be back home as it hosts an incredible summer of sport. We’ve got two of Britain’s most celebrated sporting heroes, who have won tons of medals between them, going head-to-head in what I’m sure will be a very tense but thoroughly entertaining competition. And all for a good cause, raising money to help people who really need it on our doorstep as well as further afield. I can’t wait to see the celebs put through their paces to raise much needed funds for Sport Relief!”

Jermaine Jenas says: “Throughout my career, I’ve seen how sport can bring people together and create positive change and Sport Relief does just that. The power sport has beyond the pitch or arena is phenomenal and it’s fantastic to see Birmingham 2022 team up with Sport Relief to raise money this summer. Our celebs are in for a hell of a time with Ellie and Kelly as their team captains. I’m sure they will demand fierce commitment and high standards to make sure their team are crowned the All-Star Games Champions. I can’t wait to see it all unfold!”

Sport Relief is teaming up with United by 2022 and the Commonwealth Sport Foundation this summer as the Birmingham 2022 Official Charity Partners, to raise money to take on important issues, including tackling inequality, improving mental health and helping young people to survive and thrive.

Full broadcast details of this unmissable summer showdown will be announced in due course.

Full details of the BBC’s 2022 Commonwealth Games coverage can be found below.

Sport Relief All Star Games (1 x 60) is a BBC Studios Entertainment Production for the BBC, commissioned by Kate Phillips in her former role as Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producers for BBC Studios are Peter Davey and Carl Doran. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Katie Taylor.