Manchester City fans had the chance to try their hand at rock climbing, receive free health advice and sample fruit smoothies as part of the Getting Manchester Moving campaign before the game against Wigan.
The Football Foundation funded project will see coaches and volunteers from City in the Community (CITC) organise pre-match activities throughout the year.
Getting Manchester Moving is a unique partnership between Manchester City Football Club, Manchester Public Health Development Service and Manchester City Council and aims to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity, its benefits and where these activities can be accessed.
Over the next three years CITC will be running dads and lads football sessions, women’s and girl’s football, family health days at the City of Manchester Stadium, weight management camps, tai-chi classes and well-being at work classes.
The project has already seen over 340,000 hits to the campaign’s website www.gettingmanchestermoving.org.
Alex Williams MBE, CITC’s Director of Community Affairs, said: “Getting Manchester Moving has given supporters the chance to try something different before a home game that will promote physical activity and healthy eating. It may even make fans think twice about eating too many pies!”
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity funded by the Premier League, The Football Association, Sport England and the Government. Their mission is to improve facilities, create opportunities and build communities throughout England.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Getting Manchester Moving is using sport in a range of very innovative ways to improve the health of people across Manchester.
“I am delighted that the Football Foundation is now part of the project and that we are extending our partnership with City in the Community further.”
For more information please contact Getting Manchester Moving Co-ordinator Jane Parker on 0161 438 7720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.