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On Thursday 13 July, after much anticipation, we witnessed the #ReturnOfTheMAC.

Local leaders, stakeholders, athletes and others involved in the project attended a true celebration of the return of a true Manchester landmark. A landmark that has been reimagined, improved, and upgraded to cater to the evolving needs of our vibrant community.

Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig, Lord Mayor of Manchester Yasmine Dar, Councillor John Hacking (Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure) and Para Swim athlete Grace Harvey, who trains in the National Performance Centre at the MAC, cut the ribbon to officially open the facility to the public.

With the 2023 World Para Swimming Championships coming to Manchester, we mark the start of yet another exciting chapter for our city, made possible by the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.

The Manchester Aquatics Centre has always been a symbol of our city's commitment to sport, health, and community spirit. 

The swimming pools have been transformed to provide an unparalleled experience for all. We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to ensure that swimmers of all levels, from beginners to professionals, can make the most of their time in the water.

Councillor John Hacking and the Lord Mayor both delivered speeches on the day touching on the significance of the facility, not just for elite sporting events, but for residents to have direct access to state-of-the-art leisure facilities right in the city centre, delivering accessible swim programmes for all and a real sense of community.

Here in Manchester, we understand the power of swimming, and our commitment to swimming mirrors our investment in physical activity. Providing accessible and inclusive opportunities for all, ensures we remain ‘World-Class’ in everything we do.

Across our pools last year, we welcomed record numbers into our Swim School and Education Swim programmes. Our school swimming programmes make up the DNA of this facility. Thanks to these facility improvements, the fantastic achievements of the schools and pupils in attendance today will continue to thrive for years to come.

We must make Manchester fairer. Our free swimming offer, made larger thanks to the reopening of this facility, continues to allow more local residents 16 and under and over 60 to access swimming. A scheme that helps many families engage and enjoy in free physical activity, at a time when no Mancunian should be left out in the cold.

The return of the MAC, in the heart of the city, is important for the continued development of aquatics and provides a grassroots pathway to national performance, supporting all to reach their full potential. the MAC is proof to the importance Manchester places on its swimming programmes, facilities, instructors, and the health & wellbeing of our residents.

This achievement once again showcases Manchester as a world class ‘city of sport’, inspiring a lasting impact for Mancunians of all ages and abilities to take the plunge for years to come.

We look forward to seeing you at the MAC soon. For session information and bookings, visit here.

Read more about the refurbishment here.
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