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Strike A Balance: Healthy Schools Project

Strike a balance

City in the Community’s newest health project is helping young people in Manchester primary schools to eat healthier and take part in more physical activity.

Strike a Balance is a partnership with Manchester Healthy Schools and Manchester City Council and will see CITC offer the free five week programme to 120 primary schools in Manchester.

Each session covers a different area of healthy eating and is followed by a football session.  Topics covered include:

• The balance of good health
• Why we eat what we eat
• The importance of physical activity
• Cooking healthy, balanced meals
• The importance of drinking water

 Every school that takes part in the programme is then invited to take part in a tournament against other schools.

CITC also works in partnership with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver a range of health programmes in Stockport schools that cover no smoking, drugs awareness and healthy eating.

Click here to see a film from the project - Marco Pierre-White was joined by Shay Given and Joe Hart for a cook off with the children taking part in the Strike a Balance project.

For more information on Strike a Balance and CITC's other school programmes please contact Healthy Schools Project Manager Lisa Kimpton on 0161 437 7835 or e-mail


Premier League Health

Premier League Health Pablo Zabaleta

CITC’s Premier League Health project gives men over the age of 18 the chance to take part in free sport and health activities.

Sessions run every Monday and Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm, with activities including football, badminton, boxing and basketball.

Click here to watch the video of the tournament attended by Pablo Zabaleta.

NHS Health Trainers are on hand to provide participants with simple tips and advice for leading a healthy lifestyle.

Participants are have the opportunity to attend MCFC home games and are also able to access free training provision through CITC’s partners.

Premier League Health is backed by the New Football Pools and the Premier League.

For more information about the Premier League Health project please contact City in the Community on 0161 438 7711

Success Through Sport

Success through Sport

CITC has teamed up with NHS Manchester in a new football project designed to help the community get healthy and receive free training.

The Success Through Sport project is aimed at unemployed men between the ages of 18 – 25 and will give participants the chance to take part in weekly sporting activities at two venues in Manchester.

Activities include football, badminton, basketball and boxing and will take place at:

The Manchester College, Hyde Road, Manchester M12 6BA
Every Tuesday 1pm – 3pm

The Platt Lane Leisure Complex, Yew Tree Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7UU
Every Thursday 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Participants not only get the opportunity to take part in sports, but will also receive health advice from City's own NHS Health Trainers, and advice on employment and training skills.

For more information about the Success Through Sport project please contact City in the Community on 0161 438 7836

NHS health trainer


MCFC was the first professional football club in the country to have a NHS Health Trainer based with it.  Working alongside CITC’s existing health programmes the Health Trainer works with members of the community to help them become more physically active and healthy.

For more information please contact Steven Turner on 0161 438 7771

Imagine Your Goals

Imagine Your Goals

As part of the Imagine Your Goals scheme CITC is running weekly football related activities for people to improve their health and mental well being.

In partnership with NHS Manchester CITC runs football sessions on:

Wednesday: 2pm - 4pm at Ardwick Sports Hall, Stockport Rd
Friday: 2pm - 4pm at Active Lifestyles Centre, Denmark Road, Hulme.

As well as providing football opportunities the project also supports and empowers participants to find employment, training and volunteering opportunities.

Imagine Your Goals is a two year programme funded by the Premier League and Sport Relief and is part of the national Time to Change campaign which aims to end discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Click here for a video.

For more information on Imagine Your Goals please contact CITC’s Men’s Health Project Manager Steven Turner on 0161 438 7836 or e-mail

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