An invitation for Coventry to host the 2022 International Children’s Games has been approved, with city leaders hoping it will pump millions of pounds into the economy.
Some 1,800 children aged between 12-15 are expected to descend on Coventry for the games between August 10 and August 15.
It will be the second time the city has hosted the International Olympic Committee recognised event, having done so in 2005.
The council said the last event provided an economic boost of around £3.6m to the city and it is hoped it will have a similar impact in 2022.
Cabinet agreed to accept the invitation to host the event at a meeting on Tuesday, June 25.
Cabinet member for events Cllr Abdul Khan said: “With all the benefits we believe the city could enjoy if we hold the games we are keen to bring the games to Coventry in 2022.
“I’m looking forward to moving forward with this opportunity.”
Councillors also approved a budget of up to £1 million to host the games, however sponsorship is being sought to reduce this cost.
Andy Williams, Director of Business, Investment and Culture, said: “Whilst the report says we are aiming to achieve £250,000 worth of sponsorship we will aim to achieve more if we can.
“If we get more that is great, it will cost the authority less to host the games.”
It has already been proposed for athletics, tennis and climbing to take place at the University of Warwick Sports and Wellness Hub; swimming to take place at The Alan Higgs Centre 50m swimming pool; while Broadgate in the city centre would host basketball.
Venues have yet to be agreed for other sports such as football.
The city council said it also plans to hold a 3km Fun Run open to all ages and abilities so the rest of the city can get involved in the event.
The International Children’s Games was first held in 1968, starting out as an athletics competition in Celje, Slovenia, later evolving into an annual event.