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Wythenshawe Games success as more than 20,000 people attend ‘sports festival’

More than 20,000 people took part in sporting activities at the Wythenshawe Games this weekend – despite the wet weather.

Now in its eighth year, the event is Greater Manchester’s biggest community sport and physical activity festival and took place this week.

Based in Wythenshawe Park, on the doorstep of Airport City, the Games ran over five days at the start of the school summer holidays offering something for everyone with a host of different sports to try.

Of the 20,000 that took part, this included more than 3,000 children under the age of 5, who participated in active play throughout the 5 days.

Activities were geared towards enabling both disabled and non-disabled people to a mix of activities, including everything from rugby and basketball to disc golf and roller derby, as well as the Wythenshawe Games 10k, an all-terrain run around Wythenshawe's historic park.

Caitlin Callaghan from Airport City Manchester, which donated a host of water bottles and sports equipment to help make the event a success, said: “We’re really proud to support the Wythenshawe Games, which takes place right on the doorstep of the airport and the Airport City development.

“Despite the stormy weather over the weekend, there was a huge turnout and this annual event continues to go from strength-to- strength and is testament to the hard work of both the organisers and the local community who make it happen.”

Cllr Glynn Evans, Brooklands councillor and chairman of the Games board is delighted with the growth of the event.

He said: “It has grown so much over the past eight years and is now the biggest community event in the city of Manchester. It’s all about the different age groups coming together to improve health and wellbeing.”

More than 20,000 people took part in sporting activities at the Wythenshawe Games this weekend – despite the wet weather.

Now in its eighth year, the event is Greater Manchester’s biggest community sport and physical activity festival and took place this week.

Based in Wythenshawe Park, on the doorstep of Airport City, the Games ran over five days at the start of the school summer holidays offering something for everyone with a host of different sports to try.

Of the 20,000 that took part, this included more than 3,000 children under the age of 5, who participated in active play throughout the 5 days.

Activities were geared towards enabling both disabled and non-disabled people to a mix of activities, including everything from rugby and basketball to disc golf and roller derby, as well as the Wythenshawe Games 10k, an all-terrain run around Wythenshawe's historic park.

Caitlin Callaghan from Airport City Manchester, which donated a host of water bottles and sports equipment to help make the event a success, said: “We’re really proud to support the Wythenshawe Games, which takes place right on the doorstep of the airport and the Airport City development.

“Despite the stormy weather over the weekend, there was a huge turnout and this annual event continues to go from strength-to- strength and is testament to the hard work of both the organisers and the local community who make it happen.”

Cllr Glynn Evans, Brooklands councillor and chairman of the Games board is delighted with the growth of the event.

He said: “It has grown so much over the past eight years and is now the biggest community event in the city of Manchester. It’s all about the different age groups coming together to improve health and wellbeing.”

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