'Sport Relief All Star Games' celebrity teams to be captained by Dame Kelly Holmes and Ellie Simmonds

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Dame Kelly Holmes and Ellie Simmonds will captain the All Star teams. (PA)
Dame Kelly Holmes and Ellie Simmonds will captain the All Star teams. (PA)

Sport Relief is set to stage celebrity-packed contest All Star Games at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with teams captained by Dame Kelly Holmes and Ellie Simmonds.

The sporting competition will see a yet-to-be-announced cast of celebrities and sporting legends head to the venues being used for Birmingham 2022 at the same time as the Commonwealth Games are taking place.

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A one-off fundraising show will air on BBC One for Sport Relief All Star Games: Birmingham 2022, where five-time Paralympic champion Simmonds OBE and double Olympic champion Dame Kelly will push their teams outside of their comfort zones in five different disciplines.

Dame Kelly Holmes arriving for the Pride of Britain Awards held at the The Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Dame Kelly Holmes is hoping to lead her team to victory. (PA)

Teams will visit Lee Valley Velopark for track cycling, Alexander Stadium for athletics, Arena Birmingham for rhythmic gymnastics, Smithfield for basketball 3x3 and the NEC Arena for table tennis this August.

Simmonds said: “I’m so excited to lead the Blue Team in the All Star Games and feel really proud to be supporting Sport Relief again. I’ve been involved in Sport Relief for years, but I know this is going to be the most fun.

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"I can’t wait to get the team into training and make sure we all work really hard to raise as much money as we can… but also win! As much as I respect and admire Kelly – she’s such an incredible role model for young athletes - I’ll leave that at the door. Winning is all that matters. Bring it on!”

Dame Kelly added: “I love seeing people getting involved in sport and giving things a go – getting out of their comfort zone and just having fun. This competition is right up my street and it’s a real honour to leading the Red Team.

Ellie Simmonds, 8 time Paralympic medallist and Birmingham 2022 Board Member at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Birmingham. Today marks 100 days to go until the 2022 Commonwealth Games gets under way in Birmingham Picture date: Tuesday April 19, 2022. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ellie Simmonds at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre which will be used for Birmingham 2022. (PA Images via Getty Images)

"I’ve been a supporter of Sport Relief for such a long time now and know the work they support is completely life changing. I hear Ellie is determined for her team to win but I don’t fancy her chances!”

Sport Relief, an arm of Comic Relief, has spent 20 years working to tackle inequality, improve mental health and support young people through physical activity.

The BBC's daily coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham begins on 28 July, with Sport Relief All Star Games taking place in August.

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