Birmingham 2022 has partnered with the Lakeshore Foundation ©Lakeshore

Birmingham 2022 World Games organisers have announced a partnership with the Lakeshore Foundation, which will focus on making the event more inclusive of people with disabilities.

The agreement will see the organisations develop and implement an initiative titled "A Journey to One World, One Games".

Organisers say the initiative will focus on four primary strategic priorities.

This includes establishing a diverse and representative steering committee; creating an inclusive and accessible athlete experience; and enhancing accessibility and inclusion for fans.

Developing a training and education programme for staff, volunteers and partners is also included as a strategic priority.

"Our goal for this program is to make The World Games 2022 a welcoming, accessible and inclusive event for all," said Nick Sellers, Birmingham 2022 World Games chief executive.

"But beyond that, we also want to create a legacy for accessibility and disability inclusivity for Birmingham and future editions of The World Games - one that will last far beyond 2022."

The Lakeshore Foundation is a non-profit organisation that provides services and advocacy for people with disabilities.

The organisation also serves as an official United States Olympic and Paralympic training site.

The partnership between Lakeshore Foundation and Birmingham 2022 was approved during the latter’s Board meeting last month.

Lakeshore President and chief executive Jeff Underwood was also unanimously approved as the newest member of the Board at the meeting.

"We are thrilled that The World Games 2022 is committed to creating a more inclusive and accessible experience for all athletes, staff, volunteers and fans through this partnership," said Underwood.

"As the leading partner for this initiative, we are excited to contribute our international experience in adapted sports and collaborate with the disability community and other disability-focused organisations to host the most disability inclusive World Games ever held."

Birmingham 2022 will be the first Games to include an adapted sport, with wheelchair rugby having been added to the programme as an invitational sport in 2018.

Competition is set to be a low-point tournament, meaning the gap in function level of the athletes is smaller.

International World Games Association chief executive Joachim Gossow has welcomed the partnership with Birmingham 2022 and Lakeshore Foundation.

"At The World Games 2022, we will have an adapted sport for the first time on our sport programme," Gossow said.

"We are looking forward to this new experience and we want to use the learnings from this debut to further develop our event in terms of inclusion in an elite sports event.

"This premiere shows how we see ourselves as an organization.

"We want to give the diversity of sport the central stage and to this diversity belongs for us also the adapted sport.

"It's good that Birmingham has found a partner in the Lakeshore Foundation which has the experience and knowledge to ensure that this premiere will be a success."

Birmingham 2022 will take place from July 7 to 17 in 2022, with the Games having been pushed back one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.