The Commonwealth Games as we know them started off as the British Empire Games in 1930 and the first edition of the Games was held in Hamilton, Canada. The Games are a unique world class, multi-sport event that is held once every four years and is often referred to as the ‘friendly games’. While the Commonwealth Games aims to bring together the members of the Commonwealth Nations, it also raises the bar of sport for all humanity and provides a level playing field where athletes can compete in a spirit of friendship and fair play.
The Commonwealth Games Federation is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games. In order to improve society and the general well-being of the people of the Commonwealth, the Federation also encourages and assists education via sport development and physical recreation.
The 3 core values that govern the Commonwealth Games Federation are:
The main element of the Commonwealth Games brand is ‘The bar’. Team England is one of the six nations to compete at every Commonwealth Games since 1930 and is the second most successful nation in the history of the Games having topped the medals table seven times most recently being at the Glasgow 2014 Games.
Visit the Commonwealth Games Federation website here