Forum Centre News

Supporting commuters

Wythenshawe Forum Trust, alongside other GM Active fitness facilities, is exploring ways we can support people to walk, jog or cycle as part of their commute to work every day.

Research shows that lack of access to showers, changing facilities, lockers and bike storage can be a key barrier that prevents people from active travel.  As such we are in the early stages of exploring how our facility’s showers can be made more available to commuters – potentially through a heavily discounted ‘commuter’s membership’ that lets individuals only access showers and changing facilities.

We’re eager to test this idea with local employees and would be grateful if you can complete or share this survey – by the end of February.

Every year, employee ill-health negatively impacts UK businesses despite the fact that much of it is preventable.  In 2016/17, 1.3 million workers suffered from work-related ill-health, which equated to 25.7 million working days lost.

Supporting people to build activity into their daily schedule is one of the most effective ways of encouraging people to be more active.  At a time when people are juggling the time pressures of multiple professional and personal commitments, active travel represents a way to build activity into their lives without adding a further time commitment.

Rising sports stars encouraged to apply unique sponsorship scheme

Up-and-coming athletes in Wythenshawe are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local leisure provider as part of its athletes mentoring scheme.

Everyone Active is urging aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme. An online application form will be open from Monday 21 January to Friday 22 February.

The scheme, which is entering its fourth year, has helped over 800 local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.

All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers of the programme can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars including Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson CBE. In 2018, the scheme hosted two sessions across the country which not only included talks from industry experts but Olympic and Paralympic athletes were also on hand to share their experiences with upcoming athletes.

Last year, the scheme launched its first Awards Ceremony to recognise athletes’ achievements throughout the year. A total of nine awards were given to athletes across regional and national categories including the Sporting Champion of the Year.

Everyone Active operates the leisure facilities at the Forum in partnership with Wythenshawe Forum Trust and is encouraging local athletes to apply for the scheme.

Chief executive of the Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Eddie Flanagan, is enthusiastic about the scheme: “Wythenshawe has a good heritage for diverse sports and a proactive local sports forum that enables best practice to be shared around the many smaller clubs and organisations.

“Sporting Champions is a great opportunity for local people to achieve their aspirations with guidance and support, from grass roots participation, rising to professional athlete level through Manchester’s city-wide talent and elite programmes.”

Jon Senior, Everyone Active’s regional director, said: “We are proud to have invested over £500,000 in helping upcoming athletes up and down the country to achieve their goals and continue in their sporting career.

“We have exciting plans for the future of the scheme and I would encourage any athletes from Wythenshawe that are looking for not just funding but also mentoring for their future sports career, to apply for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme.”


Applicants should visit and fill out the online application form.


For more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme please visit

Age Friendly Wythenshawe launched

Wythenshawe’s own age friendly network launched with a lively event at the Forum that gave a flavour of the activities and support available in the area. Visitors joined in with Tai Chi, Aqua Zumba, static cycling, local history, crafts and many other activities.

In the company of the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Eddy Newman and Eamonn O’Neal, broadcaster and deputy lieutenant of Greater Manchester, visitors to the launch clearly engaged with the positive ageing theme.

Councillor Eddy Newman said: “I am really pleased to be at Wythenshawe Forum for the launch of the Wythenshawe Age Friendly Network. Age Friendly Manchester has a well deserved reputation for promoting inclusion for older people in Manchester. It is great that there is now a focus on older people in Wythenshawe.

“There are many community groups and other organisations in Wythenshawe which cater for older people. It is good to see them working together under the Age Friendly banner which ensures that people can speak up with their own views about their issues and priorities.”

The launch acted as an introduction to the Age Friendly Wythenshawe fortnight from 19 June to 2 July.  Venues around Wythenshawe offered activities and events to showcase the diverse range of support and things to do for the over 50s.

As host venue for the launch, the Forum showcased its wide range of age friendly activities including Grand Day Out, dementia friendly swimming, Easy Rhythms, Total Body Conditioning and Simply Circuits exercise classes, Aqua Zumba, walking football, chess, calligraphy, art, crafts, bridge and reading groups.

The Manchester Age Friendly strategy highlights that as the older population increases, it is important to ensure good quality of life.  Age Friendly Wythenshawe aims to be an even better place to grow older, and residents are invited to have a say in how relevant provision evolves.


Better for You

The Forum Centre's leisure facilities are now operated by GLL under the 'Better' brand. The wide range of facilities and great deals on memberships remain. Find out more by visiting the new leisure website - for fulll details on classes, timetables, memberships, and real time information.

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