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No other city, arguably in the world, understands the significance of sport and physical activity as a catalyst for change like Manchester.
On behalf of the City, Manchester Active deliver the City’s Sport and Physical Activity Strategy. A Strategy that contributes greatly to Manchester’s key strategic outcomes, whilst also acknowledging and addressing the challenges both the City and the sector face.
To achieve this, Manchester Active play a strong, key and vital role right in the heart of local communities and neighbourhoods. Our ‘places’ are integral and provide safe, trusted, socially inclusive, accessible, welcoming and non-threatening locations.
2023 was a landmark year for Manchester across the sport, physical activity, health and movement space. We recognise that sport, physical activity and movement is a powerful agent of change for all people in Manchester. We understand its role in improving the physical and mental health of all Mancunians, supporting the economy, reconnecting communities and rebuilding a stronger society for all. We’re thrilled with our progress and achievements over the past year.
We recently shared a 12-month report to Manchester City Council. A period of a journey that is already more than 3 decades on, and still going strong. A journey that is testament to the strategic vision and faith City leaders placed in sport and physical activity, with the 2002 Games as the catalyst, rightly regarded as a turning point in Manchester’s history. The report demonstrated just how we use sport and physical activity to enable Manchester residents to be healthier and happier.
This included over £100 million of capital investment into the leisure estate to modernise and protect much needed services across Manchester’s communities. Alongside the delivery of over 25 major sporting events retaining Manchester as a global city of sport which inspires positive change and securing Manchester as hosts for both Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 and UEFA European Football Championships 2028 plus the announcement as the first-ever European Capital of Cycling for 2024. 
Priorities also included free holiday activities and hot meals for thousands of local children, ensuring being active supports both the city’s commitment to Make Manchester Fairer and net climate targets, welcoming record numbers through national and community centres, supporting thousands of patients with long term health conditions and assisting hundreds of clubs, groups, volunteers and organisations with events in communities across the city
However, you don’t have to read about all our achievements. Have a look yourself at our 4+ minute summary video to see for yourself just how we inspire all Mancunians to move more.

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