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our impact 2023-2024

Here in Manchester, we understand the power of movement.    Perhaps no other city in the world truly grasps the significance of sport and physical activity as a catalyst for positive change.    Sport and physical activity is in our blood, it runs through our veins, and it's woven into the fabric of our community.   Over the past year, Manchester Active has enabled and encouraged Manchester communities to prioritise health, lead active lifestyles and thrive. Across our eight key themes, we've made an incredible difference inspiring Mancunians to move more.    Whether that's been through... - Bringing major events to the city, like the spectacular Davis Cup, the inspiring World Para Swimming Championships, or Tour of Britain finishing on Deansgate, showcasing our sporting excellence on a global stage.   - Record investment in our elite venues and community recreation facilities.   - Delivering free holiday activity sessions and meals to thousands of children from low-income families to make Manchester fairer.   - Being announced as the first-ever European Capital of Cycling for 2024, cementing Manchester status as an international cycling city.   - Providing targeted physical activity health interventions for Mancunians with long-term health conditions, empowering them to become more active and manage their well-being. Check out our impact video here download our 23-24 impact report here The video is just a glimpse into the transformative power of Manchester Active.    Seeing the lives we've touched and the communities we've energised fills us with immense pride and the confidence that we’re making a difference where it matters.   We're thrilled to be part of this incredible journey for Manchester and can’t wait to share the incredible work we will deliver over the coming 12 months.

greater manchester & warrington to host stages three and four of 2024 tour of britain women

Warrington and Greater Manchester have today been announced as the hosts of stages three and four, respectively, of the inaugural 2024 Tour of Britain Women.   Taking place from Thursday 6 June to Sunday 9 June 2024, the race will see the world’s top female riders and teams go head-to-head across four tough stages of racing, in what will be the first major international stage race delivered by British Cycling Events.   It is expected that hundreds of thousands of fans will line the streets to support the race, as the country gears up for another thrilling summer of cycling. the route This year’s race will feature a number of familiar start and finish locations which have successfully hosted major international events in recent years. The race will begin in Welshpool, situated in the heart of mid-Wales. Welshpool hosted the thrilling finish of stage four of the 2022 Women’s Tour, where Australia’s Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) sprinted to victory. The stage will see riders head north to the picturesque seaside town of Llandudno, in what will be a challenging start to the race.   Stage two will see riders stay in Wales for a start and finish in Wrexham, which also featured in the 2022 Women’s Tour. The rolling route will take in a series of challenging climbs in the dramatic Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales.   The caravan then will cross the Welsh border to the north-west of England, where Warrington will host both the start and finish of stage three on Saturday, with a flatter route that will favour the sprinters. Warrington welcomed the men’s Tour of Britain in 2021, where Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) claimed a memorable stage win.   The race will conclude in Greater Manchester, as part of the city region’s European Capital of Cycling celebrations. Riders will depart from the National Cycling Centre, the home of British Cycling, before taking in some of the region’s challenging climbs before they reach the finish line in Leigh, where the race winner will be crowned. "a monumental effort" The race route has been designed and agreed in just 10 weeks, when we launched our new vision for major cycling events in Britain, thanks to the hard work and support of an experienced team of event staff. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Welsh Government, Wrexham County Borough Council, Warrington Borough Council, Manchester Active and others who have demonstrated such enthusiastic support for the race.   Jon Dutton OBE, CEO of British Cycling, said: “While there is still a great deal of work to do, today is another important milestone in our journey and reflective of the enormous goodwill and support which major road cycling events continue to enjoy   “Our primary focus has been to deliver a safe and competitive race in 2024, but we remain every bit as determined to harness the race’s spotlight to make a real impact in the communities which it touches, and know that is a vision which resonates strongly in conversations with prospective commercial partners and hosts.”   Rod Ellingworth, who was announced as Tour of Britain Race Director in March this year, said: “It’s been a monumental effort by the whole team over the past 10 weeks to confirm the stages for this year’s Tour of Britain Women. The race will take in four competitive and challenging routes, some challenging climbing in Wales and what I’m sure will be brilliant crowds on the roadside throughout.” Lizzie Deignan, former road world champion and Olympic silver medallist, said: “It’s always special to race in Britain, and I’m so pleased to have two top level stage races to look forward to on home soil as I ramp up my preparations for a busy summer ahead.   “There’s clearly so much support and fondness for the race, both at home and further afield. The four stage hosts deserve credit for their commitment to women’s racing and for helping to make the race happen, and I’m sure that together we can put on a brilliant show in June.”   Earlier this month, British Cycling announced that the Tour of Britain Men would be delivered over six days in 2024, with an ambition to bring future parity to the two national tours, following the alignment of the event names in 2024.   Positive conversations continue with a number of commercial partners along with towns and cities interested in hosting future stages of both the men’s and women’s events.

manchester squash open: local stars withington & nghiem handed wildcard spots

  Manchester Squash Open: Local Stars Withington & Nghiem Handed Wildcard Spots   Manchester-born Finnlay Withington and Saran Nghiem have been confirmed as the wildcards for the prestigious Manchester Open squash tournament which will be held at the National Squash Centre between May 22-26.   Withington, 20, is currently ranked at No.73 in the PSA World Rankings and won the British Junior U19 Open in 2023. Withington, who now resides in Heywood, has won three professional squash titles, with his most recent win coming at the Edmonton Open in February of this year.   Withington also appeared at last year’s Manchester Open where he lost to former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in the first round.   Nghiem was a regular training partner of Withington at Cheetham Hill Squash Club, but left Manchester in 2022 to study at Harvard University. The 20-year-old has impressed on the college squash scene and was crowned CSA Individual National champion after coming back from two games down to beat teammate Marina Stefanoni last month.   Like Withington, World No.72 Nghiem has three professional titles to her name, most recently winning the Berkhamsted Open in July 2023. Nghiem lost to Egypt’s Yathreb Adel in the first round of last year’s tournament. Both players will be looking to cause an upset in front of friends and family in Manchester.   The Manchester Open is a prestigious Silver-level tournament on the PSA World Tour, with Ali Farag - the men’s World No.1 and World Champion - and Nour El Tayeb - the women’s World No.5 - capturing the 2023 trophies. The full line-up will be confirmed on Thursday April 18.   tickets for the event can be purchased here Live action from the tournament will be streamed via SQUASHTV while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by TNT Sports. For more information on the Manchester Open, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.