England at the Commonwealth Games

England at the
Commonwealth Games
CGF code ENG
CGA Commonwealth Games England
Website weareengland.org
Ranked 2nd
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
British Empire Games
  • 1930
  • 1934
  • 1938
  • 1950
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
British Commonwealth Games
  • 1970
  • 1974
Commonwealth Games

England is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.

The Commonwealth Games is the only major multi-sport event in which English athletes and teams compete as England; generally England participates as part of the United Kingdom, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Games summary


  Host country (England)

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1930 Hamilton-252313611
1934 London-292024731
1938 Sydney-151510402
1950 Auckland-191613482
1954 Vancouver-232420671
1958 Cardiff-292229801
1962 Perth-292227782
1966 Kingston-332423801
1970 Edinburgh-272532842
1974 Christchurch-283121802
1978 Edmonton-272733872
1982 Brisbane-3838321082
1986 Edinburgh-5243491441
1990 Auckland-4640421282
1994 Victoria2593045511263
1998 Kuala Lumpur3483647521352
2002 Manchester4445451601652
2006 Melbourne3483640341102
2010 New Delhi3643760451423
2014 Glasgow4165859571741
2018 Gold Coast3944545461362
2022 BirminghamFuture event

After the 2018 Commonwealth Games, England was second in the All-time tally of medals, with an overall total of 2010 medals (716 Gold, 717 Silver and 713 Bronze). Australia has been the highest scoring team for eleven games, England for eight and Canada for one.

Host nation

England has hosted the Games twice and is planning a third Games as host in 2022:

1934 British Empire Games - London, England
2002 Commonwealth Games - Manchester, England
2022 Commonwealth Games - Birmingham, England

Commonwealth Games England

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) is the organisation responsible for all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games in England. Membership of the Games Council consists of representatives of 26 sports in the Commonwealth Games programme from which the host city selects up to 17 sports for each Games. The Officers are elected by the Council and hold office for 4 years, their work will be supported by four salaried staff. The current President is Dame Kelly Holmes, who won her first international Gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, in Victoria, Canada.[2]

CGE is a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation who have overall responsibility for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games.

How it helps English competitors

Since 1994, the costs of the preparation of Team England have been supported with funding from Sport England, a public body that distributes public and lottery funds. This has enabled CGE to run extensive management, training and educational programmes, ensuring that competitors and officials alike are fully prepared to meet the challenges ahead.


The raising of funds for the team's participation in the Games themselves is the sole responsibility of CGE and is raised through sponsorship and fund-raising activities. Donations from commerce and industry as well as the general public towards the team's costs are always most gratefully received. Without this ongoing support Team England would not be able to participate in the Games.

Team symbols

Brand identity

In the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, CGE adopted a new logo and brand identity. The new logo features a single red English lion which represents strength, power and performance. The team strapline is "We are England".[3]

Flag and victory anthem

Team England uses the Cross of St George as its flag at the Commonwealth Games. This flag is common for all sporting teams that represent England as an entity distinct from the United Kingdom.

From 2010 onwards, Team England will use the hymn "Jerusalem" as the victory anthem. This replaces "Land of Hope and Glory" which was used at previous games. In April 2010, Commonwealth Games England conducted a poll of members of the public which would decide the anthem for the 2010 Games. The three options were "God Save The Queen", "Jerusalem" and "Land of Hope and Glory" with "Jerusalem" being the clear winner securing 52% of the vote.[4][5]

England at the Commonwealth Games


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