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Hopwood Hall

Hopwood Hall is a vocational college, set across two campuses in Middleton and Rochdale, and recently announced as having the highest FE college success rates in Greater Manchester.

We offer practical vocational courses from entry level through to foundation degree so whether students aspire to go to university or into employment; we have a course for everyone. We are passionate about providing students with work ready skills and have invested over £30 million in the last three years to create real life learning environments with state-of-the-art equipment and surroundings equivalent to those in the work place.

We offer a wide range of subjects from animal care through to vehicle maintenance and have an incredibly successful sports curriculum. In 2013/14 we won both league and cup titles with our football and rugby academies and hope to continue this success with our new course at Manchester City Football Club.

For further information visit our website, tel. 0161 643 7560 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.



MobileForceField: a revolutionary new piece of software - the first of its type in the world to provide proactive preventative protection for children using Smartphones or tablets.

The innovative software is designed to protect children from cyber bullies, online predators and from inadvertently or deliberately accessing inappropriate websites - whenever they use their mobile device.

MobileForceField intercepts any inappropriate text or picture messages and diverts them to the child’s parents to allow them to decide on the suitability of the message.

Inappropriate websites are blocked in accordance with filters pre-selected by parents though any attempts to access those sites are logged for parents to review - allowing them to decide what is suitable or not for their own children.

MobileForceField key features include:

  • Text Blocking
  • Image Blocking
  • Website Blocking
  • App Blocking
  • Geo Locate / Geo Fencing
  • Call Logging / Blocking
  • Image Gallery Review

MobileForceField will support CITC for four years, working together to help and support youngsters and keep them safe online - whilst providing parents with an effective way of keeping their children safe on mobile devices.

Manchester Healthy Schools

Manchester Healthy Schools Team have over fifteen years of experience successfully working across health and education to tackle health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. In October 2011 the team launched a new look Healthy Schools Programme for schools which focuses on four core public health priorities. The team has a key role in Manchester, to implement public health interventions which support schools to:

  • improve children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing and to reduce the incidence of bullying
  • promote and develop healthy behaviours in order to prevent and reduce the numbers of overweight and obese children and young people
  • promote safer choices and reduce the number of young people misusing alcohol and drugs
  • improve young people’s sexual health and reduce the incidence of sexual transmitted infections and number of teenage conceptions

Working to improve health outcomes for children, young people and families in the local community, the Healthy Schools Team uses a whole school approach to support schools to become healthier learning environments.

"As well as directly supporting CITC’s activity through involvement with and sponsorship of its events and initiatives, we intend to use our position of strength in the Manchester commercial sector to engage the wider regional business community in the campaign. As leading providers of legal advice to, amongst others, the sports, education and health sectors, the Healthy Schools campaign is highly relevant to our business strategy and we are delighted to partner CITC in this excellent project."

Healthy Schools Manchester


As part of the partnership, viagogo will donate £25,000 annually to a charity or initiative, as chosen by City in the Community.  CITC as it is known is the he Club’s community arm, founded in 1986, it improves the lives of over 200,000 local children every year through fundraising and programmes such as Football and Sport Development, Disability Sports, Health and Activity, Skills and Enterprise and Community Choesion.

The University of Manchester

At The University of Manchester we have developed a comprehensive and exciting programme of activities for prospective students and their influencers.

This consists of work with primary, secondary and further education students as well as teachers, careers advisers and parents. Our work is informed by the following aims:

  • To promote opportunities for progression to higher education generally, wherever that might be.
  • To identify and attract talented students to Manchester from all educational backgrounds.

To achieve these aims we aim to provide a suite of professional, interactive and highly imaginative activities that can enthuse and inform learners about the range of opportunities and pathways open to them when considering higher education.

We are mindful of the need for learners to be able to access high-quality information, advice and guidance about higher education.

To this end we also work closely with teachers, careers advisers and parents on a range of activities.

One of the ways in which we are working with primary learners in the local area is in partnership the City in the Community Team and their Learning Through Football programme.

This is an educational project aimed at Year 5 & 6 pupils (age 10 & 11), the content of the project aims to use MCFC as a learning tool to engage young people in National Curriculum subjects – literacy, numeracy, geography, ICT, science, and modern foreign language.

This year student volunteers from The University of Manchester’s Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) will be joining the CITC staff to deliver these sessions in schools and talk about their experience of being a university student.

This additional input will encourage the pupils to think about their own aspirations for the future and encourage them to think about further and higher education.

The University of Manchester

Ignition Publications

Ignition are the club's matchday magazine partners and have been supplying the award-winning City programme for many years. Manchester City are one of a number of partner clubs and sports organisations onboard with Ignition from the worlds of professional football and both codes of professional rugby too.



Showsec provides stewarding and crowd management services to Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) at the Etihad Stadium. The company is the club’s leading event security provider, with progressive match day operations creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors to the ground and have do so since 1995. 

In keeping with the company’s close relations with MCFC, Showsec has now embarked upon sponsoring City in the Community (CITC) as part of the company’s overall social responsibility scheme with the club. This contribution provides young people with a constructive opportunity to develop themselves through sports activities.

The company has seeks through its long term business relationship with the club to put meaningful and tangible resources back into the community which surround the football club and see the City in the Community initiative as a very strong medium for achieving this aim.


ICP Networks

ICP Networks are one of the UK's leading providers of corporate network solutions from manufactures such as Cisco, HP, Juniper, Avaya.

The South Manchester based business buy, sell, rent and recycle all aspects of networking equipment - and boast arguably the greenest IT HQ in Britain with a 200 panel solar PV array and have been awarded the ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 certificates.

ICP Networks have agreed a four year deal to support CITC. ICP Networks MD Matt Archer, said: "We are honoured to be able to support CITC and to be able to give something back to the community that has allowed our business to flourish over the past twelve years.”

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