The funding – from the Neighbourhood Sports Fund for clubs and from the Champions Charter fund for individual athletes and coaches – will make sports accessible to more people in the city, while also supporting athletes with star potential and the coaches who are vital for their development.
After successfully applying for money from Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Sports Fund:
- Moss Side Squash Club will upgrade courts at Moss Side Leisure Centre
- A new trampolining club will be set up at the Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey
- Moston Juniors Football Club will start a new coaching scheme for local youngsters
- The City of Manchester Institute of Gymnastics will set up a new primary development group at their base in Gorton.
Meanwhile, Manchester athletes who have the potential to compete at international level – including BMX rider Ricardo Addy Mellor, gymnast Elliott Cooper and high jumper Seun Okome – received grants from the Champions Charter fund to aid their progress.
Coaches in the fields of badminton, gymnastics and cycling have also received funding from the Champions Charter, which is a partnership between the council and the Manchester Sport & Leisure Trust.
Seun Okome, 17, from Moston, was first spotted as a high jumping talent when he won a schools tournament and has been training at the Sale Harriers athletics club since 2011. He has since jumped at the UK School Games and in the British Athletics League. Seun, who attends Xaverian College in Rusholme, said: “This funding will help me to buy the equipment I need to compete. I love jumping and my ambition is to represent Great Britain at the next Olympic Games in Rio.”
Rebecca Livesey, Chief Executive of the Manchester Sport & Leisure Trust, said: “By supporting these legacy schemes, we are reaffirming our commitment to accessible sport across the city. Through this scheme and many other initiatives, we’re confident athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs from grass roots level right through to elite performance benefit from unrivalled support and opportunities to help them reach their potential – unique to living and participating in Manchester”.
Successful applicants for funding were presented with cheques at Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday 20 November. Attending the ceremony were Cllr Rosa Battle, Shaun Brennan from Manchester Sport & Leisure Trust and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Elaine Boyes.