Sporting Capital of the UK. It is a title that many cities lay a claim to and Manchester is no different. In City and United, it is home to two of the biggest clubs in world football as well as a wealth of lower tier sides. Old Trafford is the name not just given to the home of the Reds but also one of the country’s finest cricket grounds. The City is represented in rugby league, rugby union, netball, basketball and many other sports at the highest level. On an elite level its sporting prowess cannot be doubted but it is the grassroots sport that sets Manchester apart from the rest.
In 2002, Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games and welcomed some of the world’s finest athletes to our city. For the Games, many new venues were built but they have definitely not gone unused since. From squash and tennis to swimming and cycling, the Eastlands Trust provides the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports. As a society we are becoming increasingly concerned about health and fitness but many people, myself included, find going to the gym monotonous and dull. The facilities offered by the Eastlands Trust allow us all to try a variety of exciting new sports that will not only keep us healthy but that we will enjoy at the same time.
Fit doesn’t have to mean Boring.
The Eastlands Trust provides something for everyone, from gyms and workout classes to opportunities to participate in martial arts and gymnastics as well as a range of team and racket sports. The facilities are spread all of Manchester although there is a hub around the Etihad Campus. In the shadows of the City of Manchester Stadium, now home to the blue half of Manchester, sits the National Squash Centre, the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre and the Manchester Regional Arena. Just over the road lies the National Cycling Centre – the headquarters of British Cycling. Travel slightly further north is the Ten Acres Lane Sports Complex. Here you will not only find a 3G football pitch but also the National Taekwondo Centre. The National Basketball Performance Centre is located in Belle Vue Sports Village just south of the city centre. Head to Fallowfield and the Platt Fields Outdoors BMX Track awaits, providing open drop-in sessions as part of a varied programme.
The Eastlands Trust offers membership to some of their facilities as well as an option to ‘Pay as you Go’ at a very reasonable cost. Some facilities even offer a discount to Manchester residents! To find out more or book a session, visit http://www.manchestersportandleisure.org/about-us.