Community benefits from new centre
- Thu 28 Apr 2011, 4:58PM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
East Manchester’s re-birth as a vibrant and vital part of Manchester culture has a new community focal point.
And City fans’ will benefit too with the match day journey adding a new stopping off place.
Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking, hugely popular and successful City Square, Manchester Tennis and Football Centre has officially open its doors for the first time, marking the opening of an exciting new facility for East Manchester residents.
Vincent Kompany, who skippered City to victory in the recent FA Cup semi-final against United and again at Blackburn on Monday night, popped over to try the new community base and brought with him tennis loving teammate Pablo Zabaleta and Nigel de Jong.
Seven brand new sports surfaces have been created at the site, comprising three 3G synthetic turf 5-a-side football pitches and four new tennis courts.
The complex also houses new offices for our award-winning City in the Community (CITC) team who will continue to deliver sport programmes to local people.
The centre aims to provide an improved year round programme of activity, which is truly inclusive and representative of all sections of those living in the area
CITC will deliver in excess of 30 hours of new sport programmes per week during term time at the Centre, increasing to 50 hours during holiday periods.
This will include weekly boys’ and girls’ football leagues, tennis and football coaching, multi-sports, education and health programmes.
There will also be a chance for young supporters to use the facility on match days.
“CITC is delighted to work with our Manchester and East Manchester partners, to both improve community access to local sports facilities and to give a greater number of our East Manchester neighbours the possibility to enjoy playing more sport more often,” said Sarah Lynch, MD of City in the Community.
“The football activities we will be offering will also great value for families encouraging them to make even more of match day at City.
The weekly community programmes we will be offering will also create many more opportunities for local residents in terms of skills and training
Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure for Manchester City Council, commented was equally effusive.
"It’s great to work in partnership with Manchester City and other key partners such as the Lawn Tennis Association to bring more sports facilities to East Manchester for local residents,” he stressed.
On Sunday before the West Ham game young fans of all ages are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of soccer skills practices and five-a-side matches at the centre situated close to the North car park.
Soccer Fun sessions with CITC coaches run today from 12.45pm-1.30pm; 1.45pm-2.30pm and 2.45pm-3.30pm at the Centre. This new match day entertainment for fans will be initially available to children with Seasoncards only. Attendance is strictly limited in each session to ensure youngsters enjoy their football in a really safe environment.
The fun will continue in City Square from 1.30pm with fans testing their agility on our speed gun and goalkeeping inflatables, and stars of tomorrow honing their skills with our Street Soccer Challenge.
If your child (aged 5 to12) wishes to take part in football it will be on a first come first served basis. Proof of match attendance will be required.