ACN has established a great team in East Manchester, based in Miles Platting. Our journey began here in 2010. By 2013 it became clear that we were providing an invaluable service to the area’s young people and, thanks to our partnership with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, we were able to continue our good work based on the advice of local strategic partners.
Today the young people we engage with are offered fun, youth led inspiring sports activities, ranging from dance to football, basketball to boxing. There are seven sessions per week across six day (Monday to Saturday) at a range of venues across East Manchester including Ten Acres Lane Sports Complex in Newton Heath, the Manchester Tennis & Football Centre in Ancoats and Wright Robinson Sports College and Active Me Studios in Gorton. All sessions are free to attend.
Alongside our weekly sports sessions young people are offered and engage in a programme of volunteering, social action and accredited qualifications with relevant local work experience and employment opportunities.
Key to the programmes impact to date has been the strength of its partners. Our trusted partners at Eastlands Trust, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police, East Manchester Youth and Sports Forums, Factory Youth Zone and Active Me Studios are an important part of what we do – helping meet the bespoke needs of Manchester’s Young People. We really couldn’t have had the success we have without them.