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New partnership to keep Wythenshawe active

A new sports and leisure partnership is set to encourage more people in Wythenshawe to get active.

After overseeing a rigorous and competitive tender process, the Wythenshawe Forum Trust has selected the national leisure operator, Everyone Active, to manage its sports and fitness facilities at Forum Leisure, as well as the on-site café and function catering – Forum Flavours

Everyone Active will also manage Forum Events – comprising meetings, conferences, the concourse space and large events hall.

The two organisations will begin their partnership on 1 December. Facilities will remain under the strategic leadership of the Trust, with Everyone Active taking on the day-to-day operation.

Eddie Flanagan, chief executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust, is positive about the future: “Everyone Active brings a level of leisure industry expertise that will enhance our current provision and partnerships. Customers will benefit from greater efficiencies, easier access to health and wellbeing support, and improved leisure and events provision.”

Everyone Active is the UK’s longest-established leisure contractor and operates more than 170 facilities in partnership with local authorities and trusts across the country.

It will also introduce a new talent development programme to the area. Created to support up-and-coming sports men and women to achieve their potential, Everyone Active Sporting Champions offers local athletes access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.

Regional director, Jon Senior, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of local communities sits at the heart of everything we do, and we make it a priority to ensure that each one of our centres meets the unique needs of its local community.

“I am thrilled that Everyone Active has been chosen to work alongside the Trust and we are excited to become part of the partnership behind improving the health and wellbeing of people in Wythenshawe.”

Forum Leisure is part of the MCRactive initiative whereby all leisure venues and providers across Manchester will work to the same strategy – offering Manchester residents additional opportunities and easier access to activities to improve their health and wellbeing.

For more information about Everyone Active, visit www.everyoneactive.com, or to find out more about the Sporting Champions scheme, go to www.easportingchampions.com.

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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